The University of Pondicherry publishes a book dealing with the works of the poet Haldhar Nag


It conforms 28 papers presented at a national seminar on popular literature held last year

It conforms 28 papers presented at a national seminar on popular literature held last year

The Hindi Department of the University of Pondicherry has published a collection of speeches on the poetry of the Sambalpuri poet Haldhar Nag.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pondicherry, Gurmeet Singh, published the book, which is the result of a national seminar on popular literature from the perspective of Mr. Nag’s poetry held in the year last at the University. The book paves the way for comparative studies in different languages ​​as poetry written in Sambalpuri-Kosli by Mr. Nag is now available in Hindi and English, according to a university press release.

On this occasion, Mr. Singh said that the compilation of 28 seminal articles was a gift to scholars to cherish the great values ​​described in Mr. Nag’s poetry. He also commended the department’s efforts to highlight the proceedings of the seminar.

In his foreword, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hailed the extraordinary poet whose poetry represented the values ​​of the great Indian tradition and is part of the treasury of popular literature.

The book reproduces seminal papers presented at the conference by scholars from various parts of India. It was edited by C. Jaya Sankar Babu, Head of Hindi Department, and Dinesh Kumar Mali, Literary Translator.

A recipient of the Padma Shri award, Mr. Nag is probably the only oral tradition poet of modern times. Mr. Nag recites all of his poetry without the support of any piece of paper. He writes in his native language Sambalpur-Kosli. He has 24 poetic works to his credit, nearly 20 of which are epic poetry.

The poet received the Odisha Sahitya Academy Award, Life Time Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from Sambalpur University. Translation of Mr. Nag’s works was done by Surendranath in English and Mr. Mali in Hindi.

These translations facilitated worldwide exposure to Mr. Nag’s poetry. A school dropout, he started out as a folk artist and later began writing about social issues and epic tradition and culture. He fought for social reform through his poetry and was also at the forefront of linguistic literature movements in Western Odisha.

The University of Pondicherry is also planning to organize an international seminar on poetry based on Mr. Nag’s Ramayana in April. The deadline for submitting papers has been extended to March 31, the press release said.


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