Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday expressed his gratitude towards Legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar and filmmaker Bharatbala Ganapathy for featuring the fabulously talented poet from Odisha- Haldhar Nag in Virtual Bharat series of short stories.
Describing the short film project as “a fitting tribute to the gifted Koshali language poet and his inspirational journey”, Patnaik took to Twitter to thank the duo.
Thank #Gulzar Saab & docu film maker @bharatbala for featuring fabulously talented people’s poet from #Odisha-Haldhar Nag in Virtual Bharat series of short stories, a fitting tribute to the gifted Koshali language poet and his inspirational journeyhttps://t.co/SaoqmSRx92
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 28, 2019
At the beginning of the 7.58 minutes short film, Gulzar says, “I am writing a letter to you Haldhar. Son of the soil of Sambalpur, this Adivasi poet. His language is Kosli.” (“Main tumhe khat likh raha hun, Haldhar. Sambalpur ki mitti se ugaa hua yeh Adivasi kavi, ‘Kosali’ zabaan mein likhta hai.)
The short film on Odisha’s poetic pride, Haldhar Nag, has become the talking point on social media after its release on YouTube.
Haldhar Nag was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2016.