Harivansh Rai Bachchan (born 27 November 1907, Allahabad, Agra, British India (now in Uttar Pradesh, India) – died 18 January 2003, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) was a noted Indian poet of the Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Srivastava Kayastha family, in the village of Babupatti (Raniganj) in the district of Pratapgarh, he was also a famous poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He is best known for his early work Madhushala (मधुशाला). He is also the father of the noted Hindi film actor, Amitabh Bachchan
. In 1976, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to Hindi literature.