Lok Kabi Haldhar Nag receiving Padma Shri Award from Presedent Shri Pranab Mukherjee #Odisha #Poet #Koshal
Haldhar Nag is a Kosli language poet and writer from Odisha, India.He is also known as Lok kabi Ratna. Haldhar Nag was born in a poor family of Ghens in Bargarh district of Odisha on March 31, 1950.
He lost his father at the tender age of ten.He was certainly not a man of means but his poetic fragrance lured many.Nag has been compared to Gangadhar Meher. The BBC made a documentary film about his life and works.
Hundreds of budding poets imitate his style and technique boosting a robust “HaldharDhara” in Western Odisha. He fights for the oppressed through his writing and social reformation on the basis of human dignity is high on this Poet-Crusader’s list. He has been at the forefront of the Sambalpuri-koshli language movement for inclusion in 8th schedule of Constitution. He was awarded with Padma Shri , the fourth highest civilian award of India by Government of India in 2016.
Nag wears his fame lightly. He looks quite ordinary clad simply in a white dhoti and vest. He has inherited the vision of poetry from his imagination and his rustic surroundings . The sixty five year old poet initiated his full-fledged literary journey with his first poem “Dhodo Bargachh” (The old bunayan tree) in 1990. He has been very prolific and has a series of work to his credit including poetry collection like ‘Bhaab’, ‘Surut’ and mora than 20 epics like ‘Achhia’, ‘Bachhar’, ‘Mahasati Urmilla’, ‘Tara Mondodari’, ‘Siri Samalai’, ‘PremPaichan’, ‘Vir Surendra sai’, ‘Santha kabi Bhimabhoi’, ‘Rushi kabi Gangadhar’ etc . Most of these work are included in the first volume of the “Haldhar Granthabali” published by Friends Publisher, Cuttack. Sambalpur University is now coming up with “Haldhar Granthabali-2” to publish the remaning work of Nag, which will form a part of the University syllabus.