Noted Kosli poet Padma Shri Haldhar Nag from Odisha has featured in ‘Virtual Bharat’, a collection of short stories that would explore Indian history, culture, folklore, art, music, literature, and human stories.
The works and life of the Kosli poet from Sambalpur has been narrated by famous litterateur and film director Gulzar. The narration begins with “I am writing a letter to you Haldhar. Son of the soil of Sambalpur, this Adivasi poet. His language is Kosli.”
Advertising filmmaker and documentary director Bharatbala aims to produce 1,000 short films under the banner ‘Virtual Bharat’ to chronicle the untold stories.
As part of the series, Gulzar narrated a brief summary about Nag in the 8-minute-long story. He has also sent Rs 50,000 to the Kosli poet’s bank account as a token of appreciation.
Born in 1950, Haldhar Nag is popularly known as “Lok Kabi Ratna”. Haldhar Nag was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2016. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Sambalpur University earlier this year.