Des Raj Kali -

| April 02, 2020 | Interview | No Comments

Des Raj Kali has produced hundreds of articles on dalits, culture and literature in various magazines including ‘Tehalka’ and has been conferred upon several awards as fiction writer. He has been a key Panel Speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival (2010 and 2016) and Speaker at Samanvay Samagam, Habitat Centre, Delhi. He has offered regular features on All-India Radio, Jalandhar since 2013. His Punjabi stories and novels have been translated into Hindi, Urdu, English, Bengali, Tamil, Kashmiri, Gujarati and Rajasthani.

Five of the projected series (Nar-Natak) of Kali’s seven novels (Parneshwari, Shanti Parav*, Antheen, Paratham Pauran and Shehar Ch Sann Hon Da Matlab), enmeshing a mythological past and present  reality, have already been published and have received much critical acclaim. Besides the novels, he has published three books of short stories: Kath-Kali, Faqeeri and Yahan Chai Achai Nahi Banti; and four books on the history of the Gadar Movement namely: Ungauley Nyak, Gadri Banta Singh Sanghwal, Gadri Bhai Randhir Singh, Gadri Ram Saran Dass Talwar.

He also made a major contribution in the film ‘Kite mil ve Mahi’ and has regularly participated in seminars and conferences at the universities of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kashmir, Chandigarh and Delhi.

*The novel Shanti Parav was celebrated at the CLF in 2013.  Critic Nirupama Dutt.


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