हिम तरंगिनी (Him Tarangini)

by: माखनलाल चर्तुर्वेदी (Makhanlal Chaturvedi)

About Makhanlal Chaturvedi

Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi (Hindi: माखनलाल चतुर्वेदी) (April 04, 1889 - January 30, 1968), also called Panditji, was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India's national struggle for independence and his contribution to Chhayavaad (Hindi: छायावाद), the Neo-romanticism movement of Hindi literature. He was awarded the first Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his work 'Him Tarangini' (Hindi: हिम तरंगिनी) in 1955<sup></sup>.
His noted works are 'Him Kirtini', 'Him Tarangini', 'Yug Charan', and 'Sahitya Devta', and his most noted poems are, 'Dip Se Dip Jale', 'Kaisa Chhand Banaa Deti hei'.. and 'Pushp ki Abhilaasa'

In his memory, the Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Akademi (Madhya Pradesh Cultural Council) organizes the annual 'Makhanlal Chaturvedi Samaroh', since 1987, besides awarding the annual 'Makhanlal Chaturvedi Puraskar' in poetry for excellence in poetry by an Indian poet. <sup></sup> The Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita University at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh (estb. 1991) has been named in his honor

About HimTaringini

Himtarangini is Makhanlal Chaturvedi's second poetic collection. The poems in this volume are about meditation and surrender. These poems bear testimony to the poet's deep Vaishnav faith. On one hand, the poet describes his closeness to the worshipped one as the "pride of existence", "the boon of spring" and a "struggle against decay". On the other, the aloofness from the same worshipful gives such agony that its intensity becomes the glitter of the stars in the sky and encompasses the space between the sky and the earth.

Another aspect of this Vaishnav faith is that the poet as soldier in the freedom struggle (while in prison) finds the presence of Lord Krishna everywhere in the prison. Krishna was born in jail. So the prison of the poet becomes one with that of the Lord.

In the stone walls
And in the iron bars
And in the various bodies around
Wherever I might see
I see you - and you alone.

So, these poems are at once the poems of worship and friendship for the worshipped one.

The third form of the poet's Vaishnav faith is manifest in the deity rousing the miserable and the downtrodden. All these three aspects of the Vaishnav faith combined represent the poet's originality.

Himtarangini is also notable for some sublime poems on the untimely death of his wife. These love poems in her memory touch great heights of devotion and movingly express the poet's grief.

I crave the boon that you were ground
A home I want in this deserted ground.

The poems of Himtarangini have played a historic role in the background of Chhayavad. As Dr. Shiv Prasad Singh says, "The lyrics in this collection are an invaluable achievement of Chhayavadi creative process. In these poems, the poet's personal agony assumes universal proportions. This agony and its mystery is beyond any other poet of Chhayavad."

A few poems in the collection pertain to Nature. The work is notable for the freshness of language.

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