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Basudev Sunani

Basudev Sunani

About Basudev Sunani

Basudev Sunani is one of the foremost Dalit poets of Odisha. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Aneka Kichhi Ghatibaara Achhi (Things are yet to happen 1995), Mahula Bana (The Forest of Mahula 1999), Asprushya (Untouchable 2001) and Karadi Haata (The Market of Bamboo Shoots 2005) . He has also published a long essay as a book, titled Dalit, Punjeebaad O Bhumandalikarana (Dalits, Capitalism and Globalisation 2006). His fifth volume of poetry is in the press, and he is in the final stages of completing a cultural history of Dalits in the Mahanadi basin, and a biography of Jyotiba Phule in Odia.

ବାର୍ତାବହ ପକ୍ଷୀର ଗୀତ | Song of the Messenger Bird

Translated from the Lepcha to the English by Basudev Sunani ମୋର ସୁନା ପୁଅ ! ଆଜି ଶୋଇବା ପୂର୍ବରୁ ମୁଁ ତୋ ପାଇଁ ଚିଠି ଟିଏ ଳେଖି ମୋର ଅତୀତ ବଖାଣିବାକୁ ଚାହେଁ ଦିନେ ଗରାଖକୁ ଅପେକ୍ଷା କରି ମୁଁ ବସିଥାଏ ଛତାତଳେ ଏକ ଚୌକିଉପରେ ରାସ୍ତାରେ ଅତ୍ୟଧିକ ଧୁଳି ହେତୁ …

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Body Purification

Translated from the Odia to the English by J P Das If you can, but once, fix a bone in your tongue, stand firm on the ground and ask yourself: Which Ganges can clean my shit-smeared body? How many stacks …

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