Haldhar Nag - The Class 3 dropout poet is Padma Shri recipient. Know more about him

Padma Shri Haldhar Nag has contributed to the literary field of Odisha in a great way.

Haldhar Nag - The Class 3 dropout poet is Padma Shri recipient. Know more about him

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred Padma Shri to Koshali poet Haldhar Nag.

Here are a few interesting facts about the man who has contributed to the literary field of Odisha in a great way​:

  • Haldhar Nag, 66, began his journey as a dishwasher at a local sweet shop.
  • Born in Bargarh district of Odisha in 1950, Nag is a Class III dropout.
  • The poet in Kosli language has written 20 epics and remembers all the poems.
  • He wrote his first poem ‘Dhodo Bargachh’ (The Old Banyan Tree) in 1990.
  • The BBC has made a documentary on his life and works.
  • He had been a topic of research for five PhD scholars.
  • Haldhar Nag, always clad in dhoti and vest, has never even worn any footwear. In fact, he went to receive Padma award at Rashtrapati Bhavan bare feet.
  • His work will soon be compiled by Sambalpur University and make it a part of its syllabus.
  • He is now known as Lok Kabi Ratna in Odisha.

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