Poetess, politician Laxmi Kumari Chundawat dies at 98
Renowned Rajasthani poetess and politician Laxmi Kumari Chundawat died here today after a prolonged illness at SMS Hospital. She was 98 and was suffering from lung infection. Chundawat was hospitalised since April 4.
Born in June 24, 1916 at Deogarh in princely Mewar state, she did not get formal education but has written 40 books in Rajasthani and Hindi.
She was the first Rajput woman who came to the forefront abandoning Purdah (veil) system in the feudal era and had contested Assembly election.
She was the member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1962-1971 Deogarh, Member of Rajya Sabha from April 1972-1978 and President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee from September 1971 to April 1972.
Chundawat was awarded the Padam Shree in 1984 for her contribution to Rajasthani literature and was also the recipient of Rajasthan Ratan and Maharana Kumbha award among others.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the death of the poetess and in a message said, ''Chundawat gave new heights to Rajasthani literature.''
PCC Chief Sachin Pilot also condoled the death of renowned the Rajasthani poetess cum politician.
Her last rituals will be performed at Lal Khothi crematorium.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)