Kunwar Viyogi had put a powerful impact on Dogri literature and his pen captured complexities of societal norms, passion for freedom and self-determination, zest for life, deep compassion for women with such ease and grace that it reflected in his distinctive style of narrative which was free from pretension and replete with simplicity.
Kunwar Viyogi wrote ‘Ghar’ (Home) in the year 1980. He used ‘Ghar’ as a peg and strung together 238 four lines verse embracing a wide variety of subjects and ideas and feelings into a long poem.
Kunwar Viyogi created his original masterpiece – Pehliyaan Banga, a book of 200 Dogri sonnets at a time when this form of poetry was unheard of in Dogri and was considered a forte of European literature.
A magnanimous stream that attempted to introduce new and uninhibited form of literature, ‘Pehliyaan Banga’- a historical achievement in Dogri, was also the poet’s attempt to rid the language of its claustrophobic garb.
Kunwar Viyogi’s sonnets are aesthetically composed, lucid, simple and somber. ‘Pehliyaan Banga’ is a testimony of Kunwar Viyogi’s simple and carefree views that translate his deep and true discontents and triumphs. It creates a complex depiction of love, hope, joy, wisdom, defiance, bravery, arrogance and brutal honesty. The poet comments on social norms, explores the struggles of human existence and shares life lessons that are wise and tongue in cheek. The comprehension is sharpened by life that is written with a masterly control on meter and language, steeped in love and wisdom.
Another gift from an indomitable River Sage is a curated anthology of select 45 sonnets, passionate writer and poet, Kunwar Viyogi, to the literature world is River Sage. The sonnets penetrate our consciousness most easily almost like thoughtless thoughts and the subsequent stirrings simply grip and entice the soul.
Rosary of Sonnets: Year 2018 also saw publication of Kunwar Viyogi’s work in English. ‘Rosary of Sonnets’ – a two volume anthology of more than 300 Sonnets. He writes of wringing life worth living out of the dismal bounties he was bestowed. He brought forth the pathos and joy of a romantic, ferocity of a social reformist, wisdom of gentle soul bouncing through the turbulent waters of life.
|1. AbhlikheAkkhar||NamiChetnaVol 45|
|2. Meri Pida de Sakhi||NamiChetna Vol 45|
|3. Amar Dei||NamiChetnaVol 45|
|4. Rooh||NamiChetnaVol 57/58|
|5. Lalami||DogriShirazaVol 153|
|6. Hit Updesh||DogriShirazaVol 159|
|7. Andesha||DogriShirazaVol 169|
|8. KhadutPanichDeema||DogriSheerazaVol 169|
|1. Three Ghazals||NamiChetnaVol 45|
|2. Ghazal||NamiChetnaVol 80|
|3. Ghazal||NamiChetna Vol107|
|4. Ghazal||DogriShirazaVol 90|
|5. Two Ghazals||DogriShirazaVol 97|
|6. Ghazal||DogriShirazaVol 106|
|7. Ghazal||DogriShirazaVol 124|
|8. Ghazal||DogriShirazaVol 170|
|9. Ghazal||DogriShirazaVol 196|
|1. Kukkade da Phalsapha||DogriShirazaVol 2|
|1. Akhren da Nasha||Published in the collection of essays AkharAkharChanani|
|2. SantokhSidhi||DogriShirazaVol 179|
Apart from the work that is published and enjoyed by mass, the ‘Father of Dogri Sonnets’ has following 1016 unpublished works which include novels, stories, poems.
- Three Novels
- Nine Stories
- Three Essays
- Four Hundred and Seventeen Ghazals
- Two Hundred and Ninety one Poems
- A long poem Sabak
- One Hundred and Thirty Seven Rubaiyan
- Forty One Kundalis
- Sixty One Sonnets
- A translation of the Book of Job in Verse form in Dogri