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Shiv Kumar Batalvi

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Shiv Kumar Batalvi
Shiv Kumar Batalvi during the interview by BBC in 1970
Shiv Kumar Batalvi during the interview by BBC in 1970
BornShiv Kumar
(1936-07-23)23 July 1936
Died6 May 1973(1973-05-06) (aged 36)
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award
SpouseAruna Batalvi


Shiv Kumar Batalvi (23 July 1936[1][2] - 6 May 1973[3][4]) was an Indian poet, writer and playwright of the Punjabi language. He was best known for his works of romantic poetry. He was also called Birha Da Sultan. He was the youngest recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award.

Biography[change | change source]

He was born in the village Bara Pind Lohtian in the Shakargarh Tehsil of Gurdaspur District into a Punjabi Hindu Brahmin family. His father's name is Pandit Krishan Gopal Sharma and mother's name is Shanti Devi.

He completed his matriculation in 1953 at Panjab University.

On 5 February 1967, he married, Aruna,[5] a Brahmin girl from his own caste. She is from Kiri Mangyal, Gurdaspur district, and later the couple had two children, Meharban (1968) and Puja (1969).

The poem 'Main ek shikra yaar banaya' is in the Punjabi Language, the English translation of this poem is also equally beautiful.[6] Shiv Kumar Batalvi's poems have been sung by famous singers such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Hans Raj Hans, and many others.

Death[change | change source]

After he returned from his England tour in 1972, he developed liver cirrhosis. Batalvi died in Kiri Mangial during the early morning hours.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Shodhganga" (PDF).
  2. "Shodhganga". hdl:10603/104123.
  3. "Shodhganga" (PDF).
  4. "Remebering Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Fan recalls time when poet was the hero". Hindustan Times. 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  5. Batalvi’s better half comes calling The Tribune, 8 May 2003.
  6. "Maye Ni Maiye - Shiv Kumar Batalvi Songs - English Translation - Sarkari Naukri". 27 June 2020. Archived from the original on 14 April 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2024.

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