Songs from the underworld

Print edition : March 22, 2013

Namdeo Dhasal: 'I did not have to consciously turn to poetry. Ever since I learnt to speak my mother tongue as a child, I started playing with words.'

He threw out all the rule books and was free as a poet. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Namdeo Dhasal, whose poetry is open to the beauty as well as the brutality of life, is a pioneer not only of Dalit poetry but also of contemporary Indian poetry.
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