Saturday, April 3, 2010

poets of the underdog

i wrote on pritam ramdaspuri last week. let me pick up from that thread.

there were a few more poets of the pritam ramdaspuri genre. the names, off hand, come to my mind are: Gurdas Ram Alam, Narender Khedi, Khushi Ram Pagal, Hazara Singh Mustak, Charan Singh Safri, Sucha Ram Jakhmi Jalandhari, Charan Das Nidhadak, Hans Raj Bhukha and some more. i have the pleasure to listen to most of them in my younger days in jalandhar. i have no information wheather their writings are available in print or not except those of (some of the works) Gurdas Ram Alam and Charan Singh Safri. many of them remained unsung in their life time. it will be good, if something is done to collect and bring to light the poetry of these worthy sons of of the punjab. their contribution and thoughts will remain, nevertheless, as Dr. Iqbal said:

उडाए कुछ बरक लाला ने कुछ नर्गिस ने कुछ गुल ने, चमन में हर तरफ बिखरी हुई है दास्ताँ मेरी ,
उड़ाई कुछ कुमरिओं ने तुतिओं ने अन्दलिबो ने चमन वालों ने मिल कर लूट लि तर्जे फुगहन मेरी !

poets are, to my mind, are not ordinary people. they say extra ordinary things with ease. i think there is a need to remember them. they contributed immensely to the cause of the downtrodden and the vision of Guru Ravidas and also to the lofty ideals and mission of Dr. Ambedkar in transforming the indian polity and society from a political democracy, as stipulated in the indian constitution, to social and economic one.


  1. Yes! Though these people did not manage to make a name for themselves, they have greatly contributed to our society on many fronts. I shall try and see if I can find any of their literature or writings and shall share them with you.

  2. I like your style, because it is easy to follow and understand. I specially like the headings/sub-titles. I am surprised that inspite of having much less means of communication/television/print media you were influenced by the writings of such great people. The writings and ideas of these people influenced your thinking in your younger days.

  3. yes shelly, some of these poets are really great. i personally new gurdasram alam. he was an illiterate man and learnt punjabi otherwise. he was a poet of high calibre. i am told that a couple of his poetry books could find place in the curriculum of the punjabi university patiala. he was a communist/socialist by thinking. one of the principles of communism is 'to each according to his need and from each according to his capacity' alam rendered it in punjabi poetry:

    ਅਸ਼ੀਂ ਬੀਤ ਤੋ ਵਾਧੂ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ
    ਸਾਨੂ ਲੋੜ ਮੁਤਾਬਿਕ ਮਿਲਦਾ ਨਹੀ !

    i have great regard for these poets.


    Please listen to this from Sucha Ram Jakhmi

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