Bhubaneswar: Kosli poet and Padma Shri Haldhar Nag from Odisha has found place on the first page of ‘A Poem A Day’, a collection of Indian poems selected and translated by legendary poet, lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar.
The book features 365 contemporary poems in 34 Languages of 279 poets across the country.
In the book, the award-winning writer begins with two poems of the Haldhar Nag: ‘Pancha Amruta’ and ‘Chitthi deuchhen re Haldhar’. On the first page, Gulzar writes ‘Dear Haldhar, you are like sunrise of my book’. Along with the book, the Gulzar has sent a letter to the Kosli poet expressing that he is excited to meet him in person.
After receiving the book, overwhelmed Haldhar Nag has expressed his deepest gratitude to Gulzar.
Earlier in 2019, a short film on the noted poet from Odisha’s tribal hinterland was released on YouTube.
“Main tumhe khat likh raha hun, Haldhar. Sambalpur ki mitti se ugaa hua yeh Adivasi kavi, ‘Kosali’ zabaan mein likhta hai (I am writing a letter to you, Haldhar. The son of the soil of Sambalpur, this Adivasi poet writes in the Kosali language),” Gulzar says in the opening of the film.