Remembering Shiv Kumar Batalvi
Shiv Kumar Batalvi is considered a stalwart in modern Punjabi poetry. A quick web search tells you that he is the poet of lament and the internet is quick to define pathos as his genre. However, his writing is as much about true love and passion as it is about the agony it necessarily brings. In 1967, Batalvi became the youngest recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for his epic verse play, ‘Loona’, in which he retold a popular folk legend. Much of Batalvi’s poetry is written to be sung, and he himself has done beautiful renditions of his poetry in song. Many stories and legends surround his romantic life. It is said that he fell in love with several women and his poetry springs from the dejections and sorrows these liaisons brought. Jasmeen Kaur talks about his poetry while RedFM listeners share how Shiv’s poetry impacted their lives.