shiv kumar batalvi

Birhaa da Sultan, Shiv Kumar Batalvi died too young and left us with poetry and song that remains unparalleled in Punjabi literature. I don’t think I could ever translate his work into English even though I speak his language… It has been tried, though, so instead of duplicating all that has already been said and done, I am adding my favorite links here.

You can listen to some songs in his own voice here but the ones I knew first were the one sung by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh, introduced to my my by godfather, V.K. Arora.


Here are some translations by Mr. Sachdev.
Finally, an interview with the 32 year old poet, three years before he died.