Totaram Dhoundiyal : The Poet of Idealism
The author’s statement that Totaram Dhoundiyal is the poet of idealism may create argument that Totaram Dhoundiyal writes various types of Garhwali poems. However, , the author feels that Totaram does not leave his teaching and preaching instinct, even, in creating humorous poetry. By nature, Totaram is idealistic and lives simple life with stern principles. He does not take tea, does not smoke, does not touch alcohol and is totally a vegetarian . We may find these characteristics in his poetries. He served his life as idealistic teacher and after retirement, he is settled in Dehradun
Birth Date: 9th September, 1950
Place: Bansi, P.O-Jaspur, Dhoundiyalsyun, Pauri Garhwal
Education: M.A, Sahitya Shashtri, Sahitya Ratna, Shikhsha Shastri (B Ed.)
Writing:---- he has written hundred of Garhwali poems and published in local periodicals as Hilans, Dhad, Chitthi Patri, Uttarakhand Khabar Sar , Shilavani .
Edited book----Gwai-a collection of Garhwali poems created by inhabitants of Dhoundiyalsyun .
He regularly relays his Garhwali poetry and talk on Garhwali literature and community from Akashvani
Hamaro hak, Gaon Jaun ya Shahar books are published
Awards: 1-- Vishambhar datt Chandola Purushkar.
2-Akhil Bhartiya Laghu Patrika samvnaya Kanpur Puruskar
'Postcard’ one of the longest poems in Garhwali poetry world is his famous poem in Garhwali
Karkhana ma paida hund
Dur-dur gaon , gaulu, pahadun, maidanun, damalun
Nagarun, shah run, deshun, videshun, ma
Hrekak seva karna vasta
Kaiko holu chai ni holu
Mero sbun se eksani vasta
In this poem , Totaram opens mnay secrets of human beings by taking the base of postcards. He describes about various differences in society, indifferences by upper class for burning community issues, socialism, describes the exploitation and many known-unheard human emotions in this lovely poem
Copyright---Bhishma Kukreti, June, 2009, Mumbai, India