Kanhaiyalal Sethia is one of the most popular of Rajasthani andÂ Hindi poets. He has published 18 books in Hindi and 14 books in Rajasthani.
Personal Profile ofÂ Kanhaiyalal Sethia
He was born in Sujangarh, Churu District in the Indian state of Rajasthan. His father’s name was Chhagan Mal Sethia and mother was Smt. Manohari Devi. He has two sons Jay Prakash and Vinay Prakash and also a daughter named Smt Sampat Devi Dugar.
Patriotic Fervor for Rajasthan
The poetry of Kanhaiyalal shows his patriotic fervor for Rajasthan. His poems reflect the silent changes taking place in rural life of Rajasthan. Some of his poems are 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, Aghori kala.
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.
Awarded Literary Geniuses of the 20th Century
Kanhaiyalal Sethia received the Sahitya Akademi award for the poem Lilatamsa. He has also won Jnanapitha Moortidevi Award in 1986, Surajmal Misrana Sekhar Award in 1987.
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 His books have been archived by the Library, and his recordings are available on the Internet.
He died in Kolkata, West Bengal in year 2008.