This page presents the poems of the noted Marathi poet, Narayan Surve (1926- 2010) in his own voice. His work is remarkable for its originality, simplicity, humour and its affirmation of the energy of marginal people. Surve was abandoned as a baby on the footpath and picked up by a mill worker who brought him up in the mill areas of Mumbai. He worked as a child labourer in the mills, became involved in the Left movement and also participated in the freedom struggle. Surve Master, Comrade Surve, Surve the revolutionary poet—in all these avatars, he gave of himself selflessly and freely, carving out for himself a unique niche in the Marathi literary scene.
Poems by Narayan Surve
Katheen Hot Aaye
Aisa Ga Mee Brahma
Bara Ka Re Pora
Betoon Dilele Ayushya
Nehru Gele Tya Velchi Goshta
Tumchya Tya Udas Ratri Aala Mala Nakot
Asa Patrat Liva
Chandrasaathi Chaar Hitachya Goshti
Swathalach Rachit Gelo
Shahir Amar Sheikh (1916-1969) was a revolutionary poet singer, whose songs galvanised the working class movement in the 1940s and 50s. The songs presented here are sung by the Shahir Amar Sheikh Kala Pathak (Cultural Troupe). These have been composed by various poets, including Narayan Surve, Annabhau Sathe and Amar Sheikh.