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When THE Shiv Kumar Batalvi sang his own poem!

This is the night for me of Punjabi Poetry. I stumbled on an interview with probably one of the greatest Punjabi poet of the modern era – Shiv Kumar Batalvi – who died at the age of 36 AFTER he had gotten the Sahitya Akademi Award from Govt. of India.

Before the interview starts, a TV guy from London gives an introduction with lots of interesting information on the poet. THEN the interview starts.

You HAVE to consider yourself lucky to first, SEE for yourself Shiv Kumar himself speaking, and then listen to his rendering of his own poem! I couldn’t help but hating the interviewer who stopped him short to ask him another question! A truly historical moment cut short by the bane of Indian interviewers – SELF PROMOTION! ALL the Indian media interviewers LOVE to speak more than their guests from this guy to Karan Thappar. Interviewing greats like Larry King are the EXACT opposite!

Anyway, listen to Batalvi’s extremely thoughtful answers and feel an undercurrent of a pathos in them. If Guru Dutt was ever interviewed, I am pretty sure his answers would have matched this guy’s.

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4 thoughts on “When THE Shiv Kumar Batalvi sang his own poem!”

  1. great post!! thanks for sharing ,loved the gesture of poet a look alike face of Dharmendra !!

  2. Thanks, Anonymous! Shiv Kumar Batalvi was an amazing poet. Though there are many poems of his which are great – my personal favorites are:

    – Mae ni main ek shikra yaar banaya
    – Mae ni mae mere geetan de naina wich birhan di rarak pave ni.

    I have seen some of his expressions being copied by many poets after him. One of his lines simply blows me all the time:


    Choori kuttan taan oh khandaan naahi;
    Main ohnoo dil da maans khawaya;

    mae ni main ik shikra yaar banaya.

  3. Thanks, Anonymous! Shiv Kumar Batalvi was an amazing poet. Though there are many poems of his which are great – my personal favorites are:

    – Mae ni main ek shikra yaar banaya
    – Mae ni mae mere geetan de naina wich birhan di rarak pave ni.

    I have seen some of his expressions being copied by many poets after him. One of his lines simply blows me all the time:


    Choori kuttan taan oh khandaan naahi;
    Main ohnoo dil da maans khawaya;

    mae ni main ik shikra yaar banaya.

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