whether education, or lack of it, can bring out such brilliance from anybody.
Even the British media giant BBC has made a documentary of this technically barely literate man who has changed his life with unrelenting imagination and creativity, and given immense inspiration to many who are struggling to find their place in the literary world. The Sambhalpur University in Odisha, is all in to compile all of his writings and include the book in the University syllabus as well. For a man who has raised the name of Odisha to international standards, it is the least Odisha can do.
Nag lost his father at the tender age of ten and he was forced to take up his family responsibilities. He was certainly not a man of means but his poetic uniqueness and wisdom impressed several crowds.
In western Odisha, Kosli poet Haldhar Nag is considered deservingly as a champion. Nag started with writing stories and then followed through, writing poems and 20 epics, all of which are unique and one better than each other.
Many young poets follow his style and technique in Western Odisha. Nag fights for the oppressed through his revolutionary writing and social reformation on the basis of human dignity is high on his list. He has been at the forefront of the Sambhalpuri-Kosli language movement for inclusion in 8th schedule of Constitution. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India by Government of India in 2016.
Haldar Nag breaks all stereotypes in the world of literature, proving that one does not need high academic qualifications or deep study to understand the truth of life and put it into words. Nag paints the pictures of the grim realities of life and shows it to the world to learn from and get inspired from, in the best way possible. His life, is his masterpiece.