Another instance where lack of basic amenities could not hold back this man giving best poems to the world in his native language. Haldhar Nag, 66-year-old poet in Kosli language, barely attended school, but five scholars have based their PhD research on this writer from Western Odisha, has received Padma Shri from the President on Monday.
A poet in Kosli language, Nag remembers all the poems and epics he has penned till now. “He remembers whatever he writes and has been reciting them. You just need to mention the name or subject. He never misses anything. Now he attends at least three to four programmes every day to recite his poems,” said a close associate of the poet, as per a report in The Times of India.
During this period, he wrote his first poem ‘Dhodo Bargachh’ (The Old Banyan Tree). Within some time, his poems gathered all glorifying hails from around the village. Known as Lok Kabi Ratna in Odisha, his writings are inspired by nature, mythology, society and religion. “In my view, poetry must have real-life connection and a message for the people,” he added.