Hareprakash Upadhyay: Translations by Kalpna Singh-Chitnis


Born on February 5th,1981 in Baisadeeh (Bihar) India, Hareprakash Upadhyay is an important poet and novelist of Hindi literature. His first anthology of poems “Khiladi Dost and Anya Kavitayen” was published by Bhartiya Janapith, bringing ultimate honor to the poet. He also won the “Janapith Navlakekan Puruskar”, an award given by Bhartiya Janapith for his novel Bakhedapur. Known for his style and craft, and a personal touch in his poetry, Hareprakash Upadhyay has received the prestigious  “Ankur Mishra Smriti Puruskar” and “Hemant Smiriti Puruskar” as well.



Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is a bilingual American poet of Indian descent. Author of the “Bare Soul” (a poetry collection in English) and three poetry collections in Hindi, she won the prestigious “Bihar Rajbhasha Award” (1986-87) given by the government of Bihar, India, for her first poetry collection “Chand Ka Paivand” (Patch of Moon), and the title of ‘Bihar Shri’ (Jewel of Bihar) in 1988. She also received “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award” in 2014 in New Delhi, for her contributions to literature and film at national and international levels. Kalpna’s literary work has been widely published in the Indian Subcontinent, Europe and North America. She is the creator and editor of “Life and Legends” literary journal . In 2014, she was nominated for “Honor of Yeast Litterarie” by Levure litteraire magazine in Paris, France. More about Kalpna Singh-Chitnis at – www.kalpnasinghchitnis.com

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तटस्थता के पुल पर खड़ी होकर
उसने मुझे
एक दिन
जाने किस नदी में ढकेल दिया
कोई किनारा नहीं
कोई नाव नहीं
कोई तिनका नहीं
बहता हाँफता जा रहा हूँ
लहरों के साथ
इंतजार में कि कभी तो कहीं बढ़ाएगी हाथ.


One day
standing on the bridge of detachment
she flung me into a river unknown,
without any shore, boat
or any straw for me to clutch at.

Swept away by the currents
almost breathless,
I yet wait for her to
extend me her arms
in a time undetermined.



पहले उसने पता नहीं
कौन सा जादू किया
मैं पतंग बन गया
उसने जी भर उड़ाया मुझे
प्रेम की डोर में बाँधकर अपनी इच्छाओं के
सातवें आसमान में
फिर मुझे सुग्गा बनाया
अपने हथेलियों पर नचाती रही
और एक दिन पिंजरे से उड़ा दिया
जाओ जरा उड़ कर आओ
अब न मैं पतंग हूँ न सुग्गा
पतंगों की डोर में लगे मंझे से लहूलुहान
एक ऐसी चिड़िया
जिसे उड़ना ही नहीं आता घोसला कोई बनाना ही नहीं आता.


I’m not sure,
what magic trick she preformed that
I turned into a kite

and by tying with the string of her love
she made me fly
all over the sky
up to the seventh heaven of her desires.

Then she turned me into a parrot
and made me dance
on the palm of her hand

only to set me free one day
by telling – come back
after a while,

now I’m neither a parrot, nor a kite,
I’m just a wounded bird,
unable to create a nest
or able to fly,

struck by an abrasive string of
a kite.



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  1. बहुत सुन्दर…जितनी अच्छी कवितायेँ हैं हरेप्रकाश की…उतना ही अच्छा अनुवाद…बधाई…|

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