Kanhaiyalal Sethia - Popular Rajasthani Poet
Kanhaiyalal Sethia, born on September 11, 1919 in Sujangarh, Rajasthan, is one of
the most popular Rajasthani poets cum social activist.
Patriotic Fervor For Rajasthan
Kanhaiyalal explores a wide range of themes and issues in his poetry, but the central
thread that marks it is his patriotic fervor for Rajasthan. His poems reflect the
silent changes taking place in Rajasthani rural life, with some poems full of religious
and spiritual overtones.
His first collection Ramaniyai ra soratha, was written in the traditional style
of didactic poetry rich in images and similes. His other books of poems are Minjhara,
Kum kum, Lilatamsa, Dhara kuncam dhara majalam, Mayada ro helo, Sabada, Satavani,
Writer of "Dharti Dhoran Ri" - The Anthem Song of Rajasthan
His two Rajasthani poems are world famous and have attained cult status. "Dharti
Dhoran Ri" is recognized as the Anthem Song Of Rajasthan through out the world.
Internationally acclaimed film maker Gautam Ghosh has made a documantary based on
this poem Titled "Land Of The Sand Dunes" which was awarded the"Swarna Kamal"( Golden
Lotus ) by the Govt Of India.His other poems which are extremely well known are
" Pathal'R'Pithal","Kun Jameen Ro Dhani" which are in the hearts of more than 100
Million Rajasthanis living throughout the world.
He also revived the art of blue pottery which had become dead. He made many changes
with the designs. It was due to his hard work that the blue pottery has reached
Awards and Achievements
The United States Library of Congress has chosen him as one of the literary geniuses
of the 20th century. His books have been archived by the Library, and his recordings
are available on the Internet.
Kanhaiyalal Sethia was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work Lilatamsa.
He also received Jnanapitha Moortidevi Award in 1986 and Surajmal Misrana Sekhar
Award in 1987. He was conferred Padma Shri award in 2004 .He was awarded the prestigious
" Sahithya Vascahpati" by the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan ,Prayag, the prestigiuos" Sahitya
Manishi" by the Sahitya Academy,Udaipur .