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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