Poetry & Songs

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

Chaar Shabda

Original poem | English Translation

Karl Marx

Original poem | English Translation

Katheen Hot Aaye

Original poem | English Translation

Aisa Ga Mee Brahma

Original poem | English Translation

Maajhi Aayi

Original poem | English Translation

Maaze Vidyapeeth

Original poem | English Translation

Bara Ka Re Pora

Original poem | English Translation

Betoon Dilele Ayushya

Original poem | English Translation

Nehru Gele Tya Velchi Goshta

Original poem | English Translation

Sheegwala

Original poem | English Translation

Tumchya Tya Udas Ratri Aala Mala Nakot

Original poem | English Translation

Bigari Naka

English translation

Zhep

Zhep

Girnichi Lavania

Original song

Asa Patrat Liva

Original song

Chandrasaathi Chaar Hitachya Goshti

Original song

Lalbaug

Original song

Mumbai

Original song

Satya

Original song

Swathalach Rachit Gelo

Original song

Tharaku Nako

Original song

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.

Dongri Sheth

Original song

Maajhi Myna Gaavavar Raahili

Original song Part 1 Original song Part 2

Mumbaichi Laavni

Original song Part 1 Original song Part 2 | English Translation

Galbaloon Jaato Tevha

Original song

Pranaam

Original song Part 1 Original song Part 2