Dina Nath Nadim

(1916 – 1988 / Srinagar, Kashmir / India)

Biography of Dina Nath Nadim

Dina Nath Nadim poet

Dinanath Nadim (दीनानाथ नादिम) was a prominent Kashmiri poet of the 20th century. He was born in Srinagar city and with him began an era of modern Kashmiri poetry. He also virtually led the progressive writers movement in Kashmir. Rooted to the soil of Kashmir, Nadim's language was spoken Kashmiri, though he initially wrote in Hindi and Urdu as well. He influenced a large group of poets of his age as well as younger than him.

Nadim also wrote operas like Vitasta ( Jhelum River ), Safar Taa Shehjaar ( The Journey And The shade )Heemaal Taa Naaegrai ( Heemaal and Naagraaj ), Shuhul Kull ( The Shady Tree ) and Bombur Taa yamberzal( Bumble Bee And The Narcissus Flower), the most popular being Bombur Taa yamberzal', which was the first opera to be published in Kashmiri. Me Chhum Aash Paghich (I am hopeful of tomorrow) is the most powerful Anti war poem in Kashmiri which Nadim wrote.

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A Coat For Rain

I WALKED into that room.
I took the raincoat off, set it hanging

On a nail; I spun around
Cold, to consider at length and well

Myself, it seemed, hanging there
On a nail—

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