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Monday, June 16, 2014

Sudama Prasad Dabral ‘Premi’: A Garhwali Poet, Story Teller and Criticism Literature Creator of varied Subjects especially struggle of common man

 Bhishma Kukreti

  Life – 22/12/1931 -12/6/2014
                  Sudama Prasad never used ‘Dabral’ as his caste. Sudama Prasad Premi was born in Falda village, Patwalsyun, Kaljikhal block of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand on 22/12/1931. Sudama Prasad left this world on 12/6/2014 at the age of 83in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. His forefather migrated from Dabralsyun to Patwalsyun as astrologer and Karmkandi Brahmin.
             His father name was Pundit Hari Ram Dabral. Pundit Hariram wanted that Sudama Prasad carries his r family tradition as astrologer and Karmkandi Brahmin. Pundit Hariram Dabral taught Sudama Prasad astrology and other Karmkand ritual performances at home. However, Sudama Prasad had to leave his ancestor village Falda for Delhi in search of job. Sudama Prasad Premi worked in a printing press and later on he established his printing press too. However, Sudama Prasad paid less attention in his business and paid more attention of creating literature. After retiring from printing works, Sudama Prasad returned to his native village Falda and he lived there till 2011 but again had to come to Ghaziabad due to his ill health.  
            Sudama Prasad Premi contributed much in making Delhi as capital of Garhwali language literature. He was also involved in organizing meetings of literature creators in Delhi. Once, he was a must Garhwali poet in every Garhwali Kavi Sammelan. Sudama Prasad was contemporary to Kanhaiya Lal Dandriyal, Baulya, Prem Lal Bhatt, Abodh Bahuguna and Jagdish Kiran.
  Sudama Prasad Premi published more than hundred Garhwali Poetries and his poetry collections are Dwee Ansu and ‘Agyal’ and other poems were published in various magazines. Premi published two story collections in Garhwali as Gaitri ki bwe and Ghanghtol. He also published a novel in Garhwali languge as Nata n Patha’.  Sudama Prasad also published a Poetic Drama in Garhwal as ‘Batwe’. His collection of Garhwali proverbs booklet ‘Garhwali Akhana Pakhana’‘was appreciated.
  Famous Garhwali literature reviewer Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna writes about his poetries that his poetries show the struggle of common man. His poetic construction was simple with easily under stable words.  His poetry has pathetic situations too.
               His stories are simple and subject taken from lives of common men of rural Garhwal. The language and style are simple. Morality in story is his specialty.
  Sudama Prasad wrote forwarding notes for many poetry and prose collections of various literature creators. Sudama Prasad published his analytical notes on Garhwali literature in ‘Khabr Sar’ a fornight periodical regularly.
  Sudama Prasad also contributed for Hindi literature too.
 Hindi Academy Uttar Pradesh awarded him for Pitambar Datt Barthwal award in 1985. Hindi Sahitya Akadami awarded him ‘Sahitya Akadami’ award for his life time achievement in Garhwali literature in 2010 along with Prem Lal Bhatt. He was also awarded by Adityaram Navani Award.
 Sudama Prasad Premi would be remembered for his immense contribution for Garhwali literature in poetry, story and critical prose.


Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti 13/6/2014
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Abodh Bandhu Bahuguna, Shailvani
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