Shiv Kumar Batalvi

(23 July 1936 - 7 May 1973 / Punjab / British India)

Shiv Kumar Batalvi
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Shiv Kumar 'Batalvi' (Punjabi: ਸ਼ਿਵ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਬਟਾਲਵੀ) was a noted Punjabi language poet, who was most known for his romantic poetry, noted for its heightened passion, pathos, separation and lover's agony.

He became the youngest recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967, given by Sahitya Akademi (India's National Academy of Letters), for his epic verse play based on the ancient legend of Puran Bhagat, Loona (1965), now considered a masterpiece in modern Punjabi literature, and which also created a new genre, of modern Punjabi kissa. Today, his poetry stands in equal footing, amongst that by stalwarts of modern Punjabi poetry, like Mohan Singh and Amrita Pritam, all of whom are ... more »

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  • Jagpreet Sidhu (9/30/2013 10:26:00 AM)

    Birha da badshah. Tutte dila di marham da kam krdiya ne shiv diya kavitava

  • Gurbir Singh (7/15/2013 3:42:00 AM)

    dardan ne jis to khud dard di dwa lai
    dunia ch esi yaro shiv hat chla gia.

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Best Poem of Shiv Kumar Batalvi

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Bid me goodbye
Bid me goodbye.
Gift me a warm tear,
Lay separation upon my palm,
And bid me goodbye.

Circle pain around my head,
With the sacred water of tears.
Then distribute this water
To every single lover in the world.
And Lord, if a dropp remains,
Gulp it yourself
And bid me goodbye.

Lord, at this time of farewell,
Let us declare the truth.
It is only if we give away pearls
That we receive separation.
Lord, now that this clay is bereft of separation
Set it free,
And bid me goodbye.

My mother died in my ...

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