Kanhaiyalal Sethia - Popular Rajasthani Poet

Kanhaiyalal Sethia, born on September 11, 1919 in Sujangarh, Rajasthan, is one of the most popular Rajasthani poets cum social activist.

Patriotic Fervor For Rajasthan

Kanhaiyalal Sethia 

Kanhaiyalal explores a wide range of themes and issues in his poetry, but the central thread that marks it is his patriotic fervor for Rajasthan. His poems reflect the silent changes taking place in Rajasthani rural life, with some poems full of religious and spiritual overtones.
His first collection Ramaniyai ra soratha, was written in the traditional style of didactic poetry rich in images and similes. His other books of poems are Minjhara, Kum kum, Lilatamsa, Dhara kuncam dhara majalam, Mayada ro helo, Sabada, Satavani, Aghori kala.

Writer of "Dharti Dhoran Ri" - The Anthem Song of Rajasthan

His two Rajasthani poems are world famous and have attained cult status. "Dharti Dhoran Ri" is recognized as the Anthem Song Of Rajasthan through out the world.
Internationally acclaimed film maker Gautam Ghosh has made a documantary based on this poem Titled "Land Of The Sand Dunes" which was awarded the"Swarna Kamal"( Golden Lotus ) by the Govt Of India.His other poems which are extremely well known are " Pathal'R'Pithal","Kun Jameen Ro Dhani" which are in the hearts of more than 100 Million Rajasthanis living throughout the world.
He also revived the art of blue pottery which had become dead. He made many changes with the designs. It was due to his hard work that the blue pottery has reached the pinnacle.

Awards and Achievements

The United States Library of Congress has chosen him as one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century. His books have been archived by the Library, and his recordings are available on the Internet.
Kanhaiyalal Sethia was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work Lilatamsa. He also received Jnanapitha Moortidevi Award in 1986 and Surajmal Misrana Sekhar Award in 1987. He was conferred Padma Shri award in 2004 .He was awarded the prestigious " Sahithya Vascahpati" by the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan ,Prayag, the prestigiuos" Sahitya Manishi" by the Sahitya Academy,Udaipur .