Balbir Madhopuri(bio-note)

(Born: 1955)

Balbir Madhopuri was born in 1955 in Madhopur, a small village in district Jalandhar, Punjab. His experiments with truth began at the tender age when he worked as a child labourer and an agricultural worker. Despite humble beginning he managed to acquire a post graduate degree in Punjabi. His writings are primarily focused on the issue related with the oppressed, depressed classes especially Dalits. Madhopuri is a Punjabi poet with three collections of poetry. His autobiography Chhangiya Rukh in Punjabi has gone through ten editions. Changiya Rukh (Against the Night by Oxford University Press in 2010) has also been published in some Indian languages including Hindi and Shahmukhi (in Pakistan in 2010). It has been serialized by eight Punjabi, Hindi, Shahmukhi magazines and certain chapters have been published in some English magazines and newspapers.

In a nut–shell, Madhopuri has authored 14 books in his mother tongue.  Apart from his original works he has translated two and halfdozenbooks into Punjabi from Hindi and English. The rich background of Doabi reverberates inhis compositions both in poetry and prose.His translations also take one into the flow and one can feel his translation works as original in simple language. He has also edited 40 books in Punjabi. His research papers on Ghadr Movement, Revolutionaries, Naxal poet Pash, Dalit Movements in Punjab and Indiaetc. have been published and included in books edited by different scholars. He has also done some translation work of Black Literature. His works addvalue to Indian literature especially the Punjabi. Thus, theseworks are considered a major contribution in Indian,especially in Punjabi literature.

His works have earned him some awards including Translation Award (2014)from (National) Sahitya Akademi,Punjabi Academy, Delhi(2000),Kav Purskar (1994), Best Book (Chhangiya Rukh) of the year-2003,Punjab Languages Department, Govt. of Punjab. He has also been honoured by Department of Punjabi, Kuruksheta University, Department of Hindi, University of Ranchi etc.

Selected Works:

Original Main Works:Maroothal da Birkh (1992), Bhakhda Patal (1998) and Meri Chonvi Kavita (2011),Chhangiya Rukh (autobiography) (2002),Ad Dharm de Bani-Ghadri Baba Mangu Ram (2010),Sahitak Mulakatan 1995), Damunder de Sang Sang (A travalouge-1996), Dilli Ik Virasat (1998).

TranslatedMain Works:Lajja (1996), Edwina and Nehru (1997),Shahidan de Khat (1998 ), Krantikarian da Bachpan (1999), Neeli Jheel (1999),Diabetes de Sang Jeen Da Dhang (2002), Manukh di Kahani (2001), Natakan de Desh Vich(1996), Bhart dian Puranian Yadgaaran(1999), Samunder de Tapu (1994),Man di Dunia (2004),Guru Ravidas di Mool Vichardhara (2004), NawabRangile (2004) Karantikari Azeemula Khan (2009),Rajkamal Choudhary  Dian Chonvian Kahania (2010), My Childhood on My Shoulders (autobiography of Prof. Sheoraj Singh Bechain -2012), Subhash Neerav dian Chonvian Kahanian(2013), Inni Kaur’s Guru Nanak–Sakhian (2014), Mitti Boldi Hai( Kahaniyan),Chonvia Afriki Kahaniaetc.

Edited Main Works:

Bharti Vigyan De Chanan Munare, Satguru Ram Singh Te Kuka Lehar,Guru Nanak Ton Guru Granth Sahib Tak,Shahidan De Khat, Bhagat Singh : Amar Vidrohi,Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha,Dyal Singh Majithia, Bharat Dian Puranian Yadgaaran,Bharat Chhado Andolan, Bharti Sabhyachar Di Jhaki,Bharat Vich Angrezi Raj (Part-I), Bharat Vich Angrezi Raj (Part-II),Bharat Dian Lok Kathavan, Punjab De Lok Nach, Bharat De Lok Nach,Kalpna Chawla,Bharat De Gaurav Granth,1857 Da Sutantarta Sangram,Vigyanian Dian Jeevan Kathavan,Bharat De Panshi,Ravinder Nath Thakur Dian Bal Kahanian….ect.

Presently, Balbir Madhopuri is working as Director, Punjabi Bhawan, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi and Editor, Samkali Sahit (Punjabi Quarterly) and retired as Deputy Director and Senior Editor, Yojana (Punjabi) and Punjabi books, Publications Division,Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India.

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Bio-data OF BALBIR MADHOPURI

 

Name : Balbir Madhopuri
Mother’s : Nasib Kaur
Father’s Name : Thakar Dass
Date of Birth : 24 July 1955
Place of Birth : Village: Madhopur, District, Jalandhar, Punjab
Mother Tongue : Punjabi
Writing Language : Punjabi
Language Ability : Punjabi, Hindi, English
Nationality : Indian


Present Office Address : Head, Punjabi Bhawan, Punjabi Sahit Sabha (Regd.), New Delhi,10 Rouse Avenue, Institutional Area, New Delhi-110002. Executive Editor of SAMKALI SAHIT, Member Advisory Board, SAMDARSHI,

Residential Address : RZA-44A, Mahavir Vihar, (near Sector-1, Dwarka), Palam, New Delhi- 110045
Mob.0-9350548100
Email: bmadhopuri@yahoo.in

 

Qualifications : Matric
Punjab School Education Board, Chandigarh- 1972
B.A. (Honours, Punjabi )
Punjab University, Chandigarh- 1977
M.A. (Punjabi)
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-1980

Service/Occupation : Retired on 31.7. 2015 as Deputy Director & Senior Editor, Yojana (Punjabi), Indian Information Service, Publications Division, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India.
Punjabi Writer, Journalist and Translator.

Experience : Deputy Director & Editor, Yojana (Punjabi), [March 1987 to 31.07.2015] Publications Division, Ministry of I& B, Govt. of India
: Deputy Director (News), All India Radio, New Delhi, [July 2009 to 30 October, 2010 with dual charge of Editor, Yojana (Punjabi)], Ministry of I & B.
: Class-II Non–Gazetted Officer (earlier known as CIS) in Press Information [PIB] at Jalandhar, Ministry of I& B, (01-06- 1983 to 27-03-1987.
: 5 year service in Food Corporation of India as A.G.III (D)
(24 May 1978 to 31 May, 1983)

 

Published Books

 

1. Chhangiya Rukh (Punjabi) Autoboigraphy-2002
(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)
- In paperback -2004
(Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh)
- Reprints in 2005,2006,2007,2009, 2010,2012,2013
by Navyug Publishers, New Delhi & Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh
in Hard Bound & Paper Back respectively.

2. Changiya Rukh (Against the Night- Autobiography)
by Oxford University Press - 2010
3. Chhangiya Rukh in Shahmukhi (in Pakistan)-2010
(by Pancham Pakashan,Lahore)
4. Chhangiya Rukh (Hindi) - 2007
(Vani Prakashan, New Delhi)
5. Listen to the Flames, Text and Readings from the Margins (Edited by
Oxford University Press, 2016) and
Chhangiya Rukh serialized
- Punjab Express (Weekly) Punjabi-2004(USA)
- Kuk Punjabi Samachar (Fortnightly), NewZealand-2006
- Puncham (Monthly), Lahore-2006&2007
- Ambedkar Yug (Monthly) in Punjab, 2011, 2012 & 2013
- Sailab, (Monthly) at Gharhshankar, Hoshiarpur,Pb – 2012-13,14 & 15
- Bits in Tehelka (Weekly), New Delhi -2004

Chhangiya Rukh (Punjabi) in syllabus:

 

-In the syllabus of UGC for BA (Punjabi) from 2015 for all Central and Private Universities of India.
- In the syllabus of B.A. (Punjabi)
University of Delhi from 2012and 2013
- In Foundation Course
University of Delhi from 2013

English reviews on Changiya Rukh(Against the Night) and Changiya Rukh on websites :
- www.balbirmadhopuri.com
- www.likhari.org
- www.anuvadghar.blogspot.com in Hindi
- www.puncham.com in Shahmukhi

 

In English

 

-eBook Changiya Rukh (Against the Night)
5. Ad-Dharam de Bani Ghadri Baba Mangu Ram (biography)-2010 published by Asian Communication Center, NRI, P.O. Mehli, Near Phagwara – Banga bypass, Nawashaher-144632
6. Meri Chonvi Kavita – 2010
(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)
7. Bhakhda Pataal -1998
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
8. Maaruthal Da Birkh-1992
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
9. Dilli Ik Virasat (Historical Places of Delhi – 1998
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
10. Samunder De Sang Sang (Travelogue) – 1996
11. Dilli De Das Itihasik Gurudware – 1995, 2016
(Har Anand Publishers and Arsi Punishers, New Delhi)
12. Sahitak Mulakatan (Literary Interviews) – 1995
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
13. Pavitar Gatha Sri Ad Parkash Ratnakar-2012
(Sri Ad Parkash Trust, Anandgarh, Hoshiarpur)
14. Meri Patrkari-2014
(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)

 

Some works published in English, French and in various Indian languages:

 

Beyond borders (SAARC), The Little Magazine, Journal of Literature & Aesthetics, We Punjabi, Green Line, Mad in India (French) – Tendance Floue, Montreuil, France, Unmukta Uchhwas (Bengali), Samyak Bharat, Hans, Ajkal, Yudhrat Aam Admi, Dalit Asmita (All Hindi) etc.

 

Translated works into Punjabi

 

1. Edwina and Nehru (A Historical Novel) by Catherine Cle’mnet-1997 

(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)
2. Lajja (Novel) by Taslima Nasrin-1996
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
3. Issue Related To the Cross Cultural Marriages in America-A Study by Tullia David Basowa- 1996
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
4. Together in Drama Land-1996
(National Book Trust, India)
5. Samunder De Tapu (Selected Hindi Short Stories)-1994
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
6. Shaheedan De Khat (Letters of Revolutionaries)-1998
(Publications Division), Govt. of India
7. Krantikarian Da Bachpan -1999
(Publications Division), Govt. of India
8. Bharat Dian Puranian Yadgaaran-1999
(Publications Division), Govt. of India
9. Chitta Ghora -1998
(National Book Trust, India)
10. Turn to God: Rejoice in Hope-1998
(Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,
Kashmiere Gate, Delhi)
11. Water by Raman - 1988
(National Book Trust, India)
12. Neeli Jheel by Kamleshwar -1999
(National Book Trust, India)
13. Diabetes De Sang Jeen Da Dhang by Dr. Yatish Agarwal -2000
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
14. The Story of Man by Biman Basu -2000
(National Book Trust, India)
15. Reminiscences and Remembrances of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
by Nanak Chand Rattu – 2003
(Samayak Prakashan, New Delhi)
16. Man Di Dunya by Dr. Yatish Agarwal – 2004
(First book in Punjabi by Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi)
17. Guru Ravidas Di Mool Vichardhara-2004
(Samayak Prakashan, New Delhi)
18. Bhagwan Budh Te Unaha Da Dharm
(Samayak Prakashan,New Delhi)
19. Krantidoot Azimullah Khan -2009
(Publications Division), Govt. of India
20. Nawab Rangile-2009
(National Book Trust, India)
21. Rajkamal Chaudhary Dian Chonvian Kahanian
(National Book Trust, India)-2010
22. Mera Bachpan Mere Modhe (Autobiography)
Dr. Sheoraj Singh Bechain-2012
(Parvaz Parkashan, Jalandhar)
23. Hindi Dian Arambhik Kahania
(National Book Trust, India)-2013
24. Subhash Neerav dian Chonvian Kahanian-2013
(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)
25. Guru Nanak-sakhan by Inni Kaur (from English)-2014
(Life Positive Publication, New Delhi)
26. Mitti Boldi Hai- 2014 in the syllabus of UGC from- 2015
27.Shukar Vaheguru by Inni Kaur (from English)- 2015
28.Chonvian Afriki Kahania -2015
(Navyug Publishers , New Delhi)
27. Vidrohi Kavita in the Press
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
28. Lu Xun dian Chonvian Kahania
( Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)

 

Edited books for Publications Division, Govt. of India:

 

1. Bharti Vigyan De Chanan Munare
2. Satguru Ram Singh Te Kuka Lehar
3. Guru Nanak Ton Guru Granth Sahib Tak
4. Shahidan De Khat
5. Bhagat Singh : Amar Vidrohi
6. Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha
7. Dyal Singh Majithia
8. Krantidoot Azimulah Khan
9. Krantikarian Da Bachpan
10. Bharat Dian Puranian Yadgaaran
11. Bharat Chhado Andolan
12. Bharti Sabhyachar Di Jhaki
13. Bharat Vich Angrezi Raj (Part-I)
14. Bharat Vich Angrezi Raj (Part-II)
15. Bharat Dian Lok Kathavan
16. Punjab De Lok Nach
17. Bharat De Lok Nach
18. Kalpna Chawla
19. Bharat De Gaurav Granth
20. 1857 Da Sutantarta Sangram
21. Desh Videsh De Mahapurash
22. Vigyanian Dian Jeevan Kathavan
23. Ravinder Nath Thakur Dian Bal Kahanian
24. Faraz Di Pachhan
25. Fidu Flugar
26. Bharat De Panshi
27. Dil De Rog Ton Cancer Tak
28. Addhi Chunjh Wali Chiri
29. Yug Purash Sadar Swaran Singh
30. Diabetes De Naal Jeen Di Kala
31. Satguru Ram Singh and Kuka Movement (English)
32. Ghadr Party Lehar-Sankhep Itihas
33. Bachean dain Bimarian te Ilaj
34. Punjab dian Itihasak Imartan( Under Publication)

 

And other edited books

 

35. Subhash Neerav Dian Chonvian Kahanian
(Navyug Publishers, New Delhi)
36. Gyan Singh Di Kavita
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
37. Kuldeep Bagga Dian Kahaniya (in Press)
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)
38. Vidrohi Kavita (in Press)
(Arsi Publishers, Delhi)

 

Papers written and read:

 

1. Contribution of Dalits in Ghadr Movement-2013

Venue: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
2. Hundred years of Ghadr Movement: History and Ideology-2013, Employment News, Publications Division, Govt. of India. Also aired on Akashvani in Hindi in Yuvvani programme and Vidyarthion Ke lie on 14 & 15 August, 2013
3. Sri Adi Parkash-2012
Venue: Anandgarh, Hoshiarpur, Punjab
4. Punjabi Dalit Literature-2012
Venue: Ranchi University, Ranchi
5. My Dalit Experiences-2012
Venue: Department of English, University of Delhi
6. Punjabi Dalit Literature-2012
Venue: Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
7. Dalit Movements before the movement of Dr. Ambedkar-2011
Venue: Bhai Veer Singh Sahit Sadan, New Delhi (Bahuri Nahi Awna)
8. Ad- Dharam Movement in Punjab-2011
Venue: Department of English, University of Delhi (Refreshers Course)
9. Dalit Movements in India-2010
Venue: Department of English, University of Delhi
10. Kar Sewa of Kali Bein-2006
Venue: Nirmal Kutya, Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab
11. Dalit consciousness in the poetry of Pash-2005
Venue: Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall, Jalandhar
12. Shahid Kartar Singh Sarabha by Gurcharan Singh Mohey-1998, Published by Publications Division, New Delhi
Venue: Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana
13. Ghadri Baba Mangu Ram
14. Venue: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
15. Ghadr te Dalit
Venue: Khalsa Sr. Secondary, Kolkata
16. Publishing and Disseminating Dalit Literature
Venue: English Department, University of Delhi (17-19 December 2015)
17. Context of Dalit Literature, Ambedkarism an Bharti Samaj
Moti Lal Nehru College, University of Delhi (28-29 March 2016)
!8. Dalit Literature seminar in Dyal Singh College, Delhi University
19. Dalit Sandharv te Pargtivad, Kendri Punjabi Sahit Sabha,Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall, Jalandhar, Sep.2016

19. Contributed some papers on books and literary personalities and published in many books edited by different authors in Punjabi, Hindi and English.

 

Literary Contribution and more information:

 

- Translations from English, Hindi and African Literature into Punjabi for different literary magazines.
- Interviews and comments published in Indian Express, The Hindu, Times of India, and Connectivity through Literature, North, Vol. IV, The Week, We Punjabi, Green Line, Ambedkartimes.com and dnaindia.com.
- Articles on Socio-Economic Issues including revolutionary movements published time to time in Yojana (Punjabi), Yojana (Hindi), Employment News, The Ajit, The Nawan Zamana, Desh Doaba, Punab Times (America).
- Jury Member, (National) Sahitya Akademy Award-2011
- Jury Member (National) Sahitya Akademy Translation Prize, 2014
- \Jury Member International Punjabi Awards, 2015

 

Literary Seminars organized and compeered for:

 


- Academy of Fine Arts and Literature – 1997 to 2005
- Punjabi Manch Delhi – 1996 to today
- Participated in Sahitya Akademy, New Delhi, Punjabi Academy Delhi, National Book Trust, Kendri Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi, Punjabi Manch Delhi and other literary organization as writer and poet.
- Read several poems and talks on All India Radio and Doordarshan, New Delhi & Jalandhar
- Also participated in Seminars and Conferences in India and abroad.

 

Position in Academic Institutions

 

- Member, Governing Council, Punjabi Academy Delhi (2009 to 2015)
- Secretary, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, New Delhi (2013 &2014)
- Senior Vice President, Punjabi Manch, Delhi
- Advisor, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
- Advisor, Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, New Delhi
- Life Member, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Ludhiana
- Life Member, Kendri Punjabi Sahit Sabha

 

Awards and Honours

 

1. Sahitya Akademy Translation Award-2013
2. Translation Award- Punjabi Academy Delhi-2000
3. Gold Pen by All India Adi-Dharam Mission-2011
4. Punjabi Sahit Sabhyachar Sangathan, Delhi-2009
5. Lal Singh Dil Purskar -2008,
Punjabi, Sahit Kala Prishad, Malerkotla (Pb.)
6. Sri Begampura Mission Punjab (Regd.) – 2006, Patiala
7. Dharat Suhavi – 2006, Punjabi Sath Lambra (Jalandhar)
8. Punjabi Deptt., Kurukshetra University-2005
9. Prerna Award – 2004, Prerna (A Punjabi Magazine), Delhi
10. Sarvotam Pustak Purskar-2003,
Bhasha Vibhag, Govt. of Punjab
11. S.M.S. Sahitya Award, Maharashtra-2003
12. Academy of Fine Arts and Literature-2003
13. Jagroop Singh Datewas Pursakar-1999,
Shabad (A Punjabi, Magazine) Jalandhar
14. Kaav-Pursakar, Punjabi Academy, Delhi -1994.
15. Sant Ram Udasi Memorial Award- 1993 ( Barnala),Punjab
16. Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship – 1993
Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy, Delhi
17. Gurdas Ram Alam Award- 1992
Manvvadi Rachna Manch Punjab

 

Foreign Visits

 

- Nepal (Participation in SAARC Writers Conference)-2002
- Pakistan (Participation in SAARC Writers Conference)-2004
Marital Status
Married
Wife : Harjinder Kaur
Two daughters : Sharanjeet Kaur, Harjit Kaur (both married)
One son : Prateek Madhopuri

 

2/11/2016 Balbir Madhopuri