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Saturday Poem: तोड़ती पत्‍थर by Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’

In Poetry on November 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Back to blogging after a prolonged hiatus. A combination of summer break, travels, conferences and the ensuing “catching-up” kept me away.

Today a well-known poem by a well-known poet. I grew up listening to anecdotes about Nirala and his antics in Allahabad from my father who studied there. A recurrent aspect was his excessive random altruism, especially remarkable given that he himself was supposedly penniless and bore a famously mercurial temperament. How many of these fables are true, I don’t know. But the dearth of serious biographical research and writing in India is a grouse for another time.

“तोड़ती पत्‍थर” and Nirala were almost always mentioned in the same breath. Its not hard to see why. Its perhaps his most well known poem in the popular imagination – accessible compared to his other work, deals with a scene that is familiar to most Indians, and evokes tremendous empathy while avoiding pity – not an easy thing to do. For me personally, the lines, “देखा मुझे उस दृष्टि से/जो मार खा रोई नहीं,” are among the best poetic lines ever penned. These lines sting in the deepest wells of our empathy, and the sting lingers just long enough till the wells overflow.

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तोड़ती पत्‍थर

वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर;
देखा उसे मैंने इलाहाबाद के पथ पर-
वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर।

कोई न छायादार
पेड़ वह जिसके तले बैठी हुई स्‍वीकार;
श्‍याम तन, भर बँधा यौवन,
नत नयन प्रिय,कर्म-रत मन,
गुरू हथौड़ा हाथ,
करती बार-बार प्रहार:
सामने तरू-मालिका अट्टालिका, प्राकार।

चढ़ रही थी धूप;
गर्मियों के दिन
दिवा का तमतमाता रुप;
उठी झुलसाती हुई लू,
रूई ज्‍यों जलती हुई भू,
गर्द चिनगी छा गई,
प्राय: हुई दुपहर:
वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर।

देखते देखा मुझे तो एक बार
उस भवन की ओर देखा, छिन्‍नतार;
देखकर कोई नहीं,
देखा मुझे उस दृष्टि से<
जो मार खा रोई नहीं,
सजा सहज सितार,
सुनी मैंने वह नहीं जो थी सुनी झंकार
एक क्षण के बाद वह कॉंपी सुघर,
ढुलक माथे से गिरे सीकर,
लीन होते कर्म में फिर ज्‍यों कहा-
‘मैं तोड़ती पत्‍थर।’

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  1. very good

  2. es kavitha aaj ke samaj ke besahara aurath ka bhi chithre dikhathe hei

  3. woh pot rahi chulha,haath mitti mein bhigoye, sawapan man mein sanjoye ki aayega mera dulha, woh pot rahi chulha.aisi bhaw bheeni kavita jo mujhey hila gaihai

  4. nirala jaisa koi na hua tha na hoga

    • ji aapne bilkul sahi kaha hai hum bhi samrthan karte hai aapki baat ka aur aapko b sadhuwad dete hai ki aapne ye vastvikta swikarya ki…
      RAVI SHUKLA NAGPUR

  5. Nirala Hindi sahitya ke aise ek matra kavi hain , jinko kisi bhi kaal ya vad me bandhna thik nahi hai. Kolkata ke sadkon par ghumte hue bhikharion ki antarvedna ho , ya allahabad ke path par patthar todti majdurni wa wah marmsparshi chitra , nirala se accha koi nahi describe kar sakta.

  6. Nirih Svapn Ka Maayaajaal..,

    Tap Se Snapit Gagan Vishal..,

    Sirahaane Pasaraa Rikt Kan-Thal..,

    Syaam-Kan Svet-Kan Surasaa- Thaal..,

    Karn-Karn Shravanit Vajra Taal..,

    Moun Smiti Drishya Vachaal..,

    Taapas Rakt Se Sandhya Vikaar..,

    Somya Akaaki Naari Kaatar..,

    ” VAH TODHATI PATTHAR “

  7. Wah todti pathar maduadi ke path par.

  8. roti khakar todti pathar

  9. roti khakar todti pathar..:)

  10. bhartiya nari ka eak sachcha soundarya.eak mother ki majboori.insano ki duniya mein komal hathon ki taqat ka varnan niralaji hi kar sakte hai…..

  11. i lyk this poem very much. It touches my heart. Feel sympathy to people like the ‘woman’ in this poem. I think its a mind blowing poem by niralji

  12. meim b.com first yr.student huum. Niralji ka is kavitha mera hindi subject ne ek kavitha hei. Is kavitha padne ke bad, meim niralji ke pyar kiya huum. Sabse achi kavitha hei

  13. Nirala ji aap mahan kavi ho, bhavnavon ko jhakjhorna koi apse sikhe. Apko koti koti naman

  14. nirala ji kash m apake charno ki dhool hota.

  15. Yadavrazz saurabh always like your poem torti patthar. ……………very sad poem jo chhoooo jata dil ke taar

  16. Dhannya hair Maa jisne ase saahityakar ko janm diya jise safari duniya niraala k
    ahti hai

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