Shiv Kumar was born on 23 July 1936 in village Bara Pind Lohtian, Shakargarh Tehsil, Sialkot District (now in Pakistan), Father Pandit Krishan Gopal, village tehsildar in the revenue department, Mother Shanti Devi, a housewife.In 1947, when he was aged 11, his family moved to Batala Gurdaspur after partition of India, where his father continued his work as a patwari and young Shiv received his primary education.Allegedly, he was a dreamy child, often vanishing for the duration of the day, to be found lying under trees by the riverbank close to the Mandir outside the village,lost in a brown reverie. He appears to have been fascinated by local renditions of the Hindu epic Ramayana, as well as wandering minstrel singers, snake charmers.
|Real Name||Shiv Kumar Batalv|
|Date of Birth||23 July 1936|
|Birth Place||Barapind,Punjab,British India (present day Pakistan)|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Cancer|
|Educational Qualifications||diploma in Civil Engineering(Not Completed)|
|Height in centimeters||173 Cm|
|Height in meters||1.73 M|
|Height in Feet Inches||5’ 7”|
|Weight in Kilograms||65 kg|
|Weight in Pounds||143lbs|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Death||6 May 1973|
|School||Punjab University For matriculation|
|College||Punjab University,Baring Union Christian College, Batala,S.N. College, Qadian,Govt. Ripudaman College,Nabha.|
|Father||Pandit Krishan Gopal,(Tehsildar in the Revenue Department)|
|Mother||Shanti Devi(a Housewife)|
|Wife||Arun(5 February 1967)|
|Children||Meharban (1968),Puja (1969).|
Some More Notes About Shiv Kumar Batalvi
- He Was Youngest recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award
- after his marriage, in 1968, he shifted to Chandigarh, where he joined the State Bank of India, as a PRO.
- Many of his poems were sung by Deedar Singh Pardesi. Jagjit Singh-Chitra Singh, and Surinder Kaur.
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s rendition of one of his poem “Maye ni Maye” is known for its soulfulness and imagery.
- In a album, Rabbi (2004), by Rabbi Shergill features, his poem, “Ishtihar”.
- Hans Raj Hans also did a popular album, ‘Gham’, on His Poetry.
- In 2004, Punjabi play titled Dardaan Da Darya based on the life of Shiv Kumar was performed at ‘Punjab Kala Bhavan’, Chandigarh.
- “Ajj Din Chhadeya Tere Rang Varga,” was adapted in 2009 Hindi movie Love Aaj Kal which became an instant hit.
- In 2012, Album titled “Panchee Ho javan” based on same titled poem written by Shiv Kumar Batalvi was sung by Jasleen Royal and the album also contains another song “Maye Ni” based on the poem “Maye ni Maye”.
- Also in 2014, Pakistani pop singer Sarmad Qadeer scored a hit single on the official Asian Download chart in the UK with his interpretation of “Maiye Ni Maiye”.
- His poem “Ikk Kudi Jihda Naam Mohabbat Ghum Hai” was made into a song featured in Udta Punjab. Featuring Alia Bhatt, it was sung by Shahid Mallya and later reprised by Diljit Dosanjh.
- Shiv Kumar Batalvi died in Kiri Mangial during the early morning hours of 6 May 1973.
- He would wake up after a short sleep around 4:00 A.M. and begin his day by again taking a couple of sips of Scotch.
- In May 1972, Shiv visited England on the invitation of Dr. Gupal Puri and Mrs. Kailash Puri.
- The famous artist S. Sobha Singh was also present who had travelled on his own expense to see Shiv.
Shiv Kumar Batalvi Books
- Piran da Paraga (The Scarf-ful of Sorrows) (1960)
- Mainu Vida Karo (Bid Me Farewell) (1963)
- Gazlan Te Geet
- Aarti (Prayer) (1971)
- Lajwanti (Touch Me Not) (1961)
- Atte Dian Chirian (The Sparrows of Dough) (1962).
- Loona (1965)
- Main Te Main (I and Me) (1970)
- Dardmandan Dian Aahin
- Alvida (Farewell) (1974)
- Shiv Kumar: Sampuran Kav Sangreh (Complete Works); Lahore Book Shop, Ludhiana.
- Birha Da Sultan, (A selection from Shiv Kumar Betalvi’s poems), Selected by Amrita Pritam, Sahitya Akademi, 1993.
- Luna (English), tr. by B.M. Bhatta, Sahitya Akademi, 2005.