Nanda Kishore Bal

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Nanda Kishore Bal

Born: 22 December 1875

Died: 1 July 1928

  • He was an Indian poet of the era of initial modernity in Odia poetry.
  • He was born at Kusupur village in the Cuttack district of Odisha.
  • He was initially named as Rasananda Jena.
  • Later he was adopted by her aunt and then came to the name, Nanda Kishore Bal.
  • He is popularly known as “Palli Kabi” (the poet of rural life) for his tender lyrics, celebrating the beauty of rural Odisha in his poems.
  • Pallikabi Nanda Kishore Bal was a poet of the rural scene, portraying its simplicity, its superstitions, and festivals.
  • His popular lyrics for children Nana Baya Gita are sung to the accompaniment of music.
  • He wrote several poems that reveal his strong spiritual inclination, and a sharp awareness of social problems.
  • Among his collections are, Nirjharini(The Stream), Palli Chitra (The picture of the countryside), Basanta-Kokila, Tarangini, Charuchitra, Nirmalya, Prabhata Sangeeta, Sandhya Sangita, Krushna Kumari, and Sarmishtha.
  • He wrote about a hundred sonnets that are scattered throughout his collections.
  • His sonnets deal with both nature and personal suffering and reveal high poetic sensibility.
  • These sonnets are known for their restrained thoughts and versification.

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