(Review of Garhwali Poetry Collection -Ker of Darshan Singh Bisht)
Review by: Bhishma Kukreti
Separate state Uttarakhand movement gave us many poets as Darshan SinghBisht .Darhsan Singh Bisht (Sukhraun, Pauri Garhwal, 1960) is called an important signature in contemporary Garhwali poetic world and his poetry collection ‘Ker’ tells the reasons for calling Darshan Bisht as shining star of Garhwali literature.
There are one hundred thirty one poems in Ker and each poem tells different situation in Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Being in Garhwal, all his poems are the real experiences of DarshanSingh Bisht. Even when Darshan wishes a happy a new year greeting through his first poem of Ker , the readers feel a pinch of some unwanted happening there in rural Uttarakhand :
Nayai vars ki shubh kamna
Jayan byali, ayan bhol khun ….
Chhuma bau ki galyun khun …..
Pooch madkan wali byaryun khun
Today, common men perceive that politics is sinful deeds and the poet Bisht cautions the women of Garhwal not to be even Pardhani (head of Village Council)
Ja beti! Kalpana Chavla Bani, Bachhendri pal Bani,
Kiran Bedi Bani ..
Jogan bani jai par pardhani ni bani
The poet is capable of showing the psychology of the common men in his each poem . In his poem ‘Dosh Kaiku, the poet narrates the situation of passing the bucks on others very effectively.
Ker is is his long poem ,wherein , the poet shows us the differences of past and diminishing cultural and social values in the present societies. The poet also cautions the human society to be in limit (ker) to protect our earth.
Darshan Singh Bisht did not leave any important subject in his poems such as diminishing human values , corruption at lowest level in the state administration and in society too, the burning issue of increase in alcohol consumption in rural Garhwal, putrefying effect of castes in the society, discriminating aspects between male and female child, education system etc.
The poet is worried about new social, political and cultural changes happening because of speedy migration from Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Ju bayli tak chha syal
Wee khaunbagh bangeni
Ham towhee gewaan bideshi
Ikh dutyal panseni
The readers feel smidgen by knowing the new conditions of diminishing values in each part of our life.
The poet is of new gene and all his poems are prose like poems Gadyatmak Shaili) but all poems are having poetic touch or lyrical touch.
The poems of Ker show that poet is full of vocabulary and knows how to use each word effectively. The poet uses pure garhwali words and it is evident that Darshan Singh Bishtdoes not care for so called standard Garhwali and uses Salani dialects everywhere.
When most of us are worried that Garhwali language may diminish within fifty seventy years, the poems of Darshan Singh Bisht assure us that Garhwal has rich culture and love for the language that new generation will definitely take care in protecting the language .
मिड दे मील
दर्शन सिंह बिष्ट की (जन्म १९६०- सुखरो , नैनी डांडा ) गढवाली कविताएँ
[भीष्म कुकरेती की गढवाली पद्य , गढवाली कविताएँ, गढ़वाली गीत. उत्तराखंडी पद्य, उत्तराखंडी गीत,उत्तराखंडी पद्य लेखमाला से ]
भोजन माता पैसों को चाय नास्ता
दाळ -भात सबि धाणि स्टाफ का वास्ता।
मैडम दाळ फरै कनीं
हेल्त बणाणा टरै कनीं
ढीस फर हेडसाब भात खरोळणान
सिगरैटी गुल बि तखिम ढोळणान।
बच्चों की टक कीचन फर
खड़ा कंदूड़ प्रेसर कुकरै सीटी फर
दिमाक फ्री सूण यार बंटी
किलै नि बजणि होलि घंटी।
हाफ टैम म फुल्ल खाणु
पढै हो कि नि हो खिचड़ि खाणौ जरुर औणु
अबतs सरकारन हत्ताबन्धि बि कर्यालि
नौनु घिराणै बि जरुरत नी , अफ्फी घिरालि
सुपर फैन चौंळ सुपर मैनो खुणि
म्वाटा अर सड्याँ नौना नौन्युं खुणि
हमारा नौन्याळ भतखव्वा गिजैयली
मुसलिंड मिल्यां भात खलै
वूंका पुटग उठापटक करयली।
शब्दों कि शक्ति
दिल से भक्ति
राजनीति कि तख्ति
'बम से भी खतरनाक होंदी
मी ब्व्न्नू छौं बुड्या जि कि
तुम साक्युं तक ज्यून्दा रयाँ
तुमारि आंखि बुजी जयां
खटुलिम बटि भयां नि अयाँ
छक्वै पिन्सन खलाणा रयां
मि जै ख्वाळा जौंलू
मीखुण कुछ नि ब्वल्यां
सन्दर्भ- केर, दर्शन सिंग बिष्ट का गढवाली कविता संग्रह धाद प्रकाशन , देहरादून
सर्वाधिकार - दर्शन सिंह बिष्ट , अगरोड़ा , पौड़ी गढ़वालफोन नम्बर -09411369413
गढवाली पद्य , गढवाली कविताएँ, गढ़वाली गीत. उत्तराखंडी पद्य, उत्तराखंडी गीत,उत्तराखंडी पद्य लेखमाला जारी....
As the historians appreciate the poets Lubomir Levchev, Kristin Dimtrova, Marin Bodakov, Likodimitrov, Mirela Ivanova , or Gueorgui Borissov for their contribution in Bulgarian poetic field, same way the critics as Tota Ram Dhoundiyal, Lokesh Navani appreciate the work of Darshan Singh Bisht for his contribution in Garhwali literature.
Overall the poems are of high standard and full of contemporary happenings.
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