Bharatendu Harishchandra, born in 1850, was an Indian poet, writer and playwright famed for his dramas, life sketches and travel accounts. During his time, he influenced the public opinions through new media such as reports, publications, letters to the editor, translations and literary works.
His literary works were written under the pen name Rasa. They illustrated the sufferings of people caused by the countrys poverty, inhuman exploitations, middle class unrests etc., and called for the progress of the country. He is often known as the father of Hindi Literature and Hindi theatre.