By Nitin Chandola

Girda (Girish Tewari) is one of those writers from Uttarakhand which is not easy to describe only by the evaluation of his works, after construing about a dozen of his works and accolades written for him. Girish Tewari amid the most comprehensible Poet, Writer, Director and Dramatist whom Uttarakhand lost in August 2010. After  Girda died, many of the generations were not aware of his works (not even today) but as soon as one twitches its journey to know the origin of Cultural heritage and folks of Uttarakhand,  “Girda’s” work and experiences stand as an equivalent of a Ph.D. Theses on this topic. Life of Girish Tewari was among the best illustration to protect hills form “Palayan” of inhabitants from Kumaon and Garhwal. Girish Tewari was born and brought up in HawalBagh of Almora District. Almora has always charmed cryptic and political celebrity from its racial diversity but, this region has been the birth land to many well-known writers, poets, and artists. Girda was among the elite production of this region, however, he worked in “Nainital Samachar” newspaper in Nainital, his affection for the cultural capital of Uttarakhand is undefinable. His works show that he always missed his native birthplace and wanted to visit it once in a lifetime. Girish Tewari never shadowed any political ideology, his works and interviews always exhibited a limelight to the sophistication of Progressive Uttarakhand, which was not even a common part of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD). This made Girda the most respected personality among all the political parties of Uttarakhand. It is an impossible task to evaluate the quality of work Girda did in his lifetime, as his work was both creative and futuristic with a taste of realistic approach, but most important part was the inclusion of Urdu in Kumaoni. His dramas like “Assalam Valekum” is the best presentation of Kumaoni and Urdu. However, many poems show the charisma of use of Urdu words by Girda. His poem “Jainta Ek din to Aalo” is the best ever presentation of sanguinity he had with the State of Uttarakhand. This November, Uttarakhand has completed its 18th years as  State of the Republic of India. After eighteen straight years of calamities, misery and constant augmentation in immigration of folks from its native place has nipped Uttarakhand initiating a cultural paralysis. There were some achievements too, but the failure matters the most in the state, as failures were the limiting factors that would have driven the domestic economy sustainably. Girda’s narrative of a new and prosperous Uttarakhand is alike to a Veda for the local activist. “Jainta Ek Din to Aalo” reflects the real aspect that drives the Uttarakhand, i.e Culture, Morality, Water and minerals.  Here is the descriptive poem in Kumaoni language written by Girda.

ततुक नी लगा उदैख, घुणन मुनई टेक
जैता एक दिन तो आलो, दिन यो दुनी में
ततुक नी लगा उदैख, घुणन मुनई टेक
जैता कभि कभि आलो, दिन यो दुनी में….

जै दिन काटुलि रात ब्यालि, पौ फाटला दो कङालो
जैता एक दिन तो आलो, दिन यो दुनी में
जैता कभि कभि आलो, दिन यो दुनी में….

जै दिन नान ठुलो नि रौलो, जै दिन त्यरोम्यरो नि होलो
जैता एक दिन तो आलो, दिन यो दुनी में
जैता कभि कभि आलो, दिन यो दुनी में….

जै दिन चोर नी फलाला, कै को जोर नी चलोलो
जैता एक दिन तो आलो, दिन यो दुनी में
जैता कभि कभि आलो, दिन यो दुनी में….

चाहे हम नि ल्यै सकूं, चाहे तुम नि ल्यै सको
जैता क्वैनाक्वै ल्यालो, दिन यो दुनी में
जैता एक दिन तो आलो, दिन यो दुनी में
जैता क्वै ना क्वै ल्यालो दिन यो दुनी में

This poem, inscribed in the native language of Uttarakhand is the core value of each Uttarakhandi, the verses “Jainta Ek din to aalo” opinions the optimistic values that “ An ideal day will come anyway”, this elegy not only shows the current consequence of Corporates and politicians prowling the resources and possessions by oppressing the local residents. Girda’s exertion “Jainta Ek din to aalo” is the fine reflection of knowledge gained in entire term of his active involvement in Uttarakhand Andolan and Chipko Movement.Vaseeyat film girish tewari

Born in the trivial village of Almora, Girda never went back to his native village to trace his childhood, but he remained dynamic in both Kumaon and Garhwal. In words of Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a veteran ecologist of The Chipko movement, Girda’s personality was truly influential, when he met Girda at first, he got goosebumps by the recitation of a poem based on conservation of the Himalayas.  Girish Tewari was among the people who took Chipko movement to the roads of Kumaon by singing and playing “Hudka”. Girda was not only a prodigious native poet of Uttarakhand but also was a great thespian and dramatist. He worked in two eminent Hindi films i.e Waseeyat and Daayen ya Baayein. The film Dayeen ya Baayein, shot in native Kumaon and was constructed on the problems faced by inhabitants in the distant Himalayas. The impact of unlawful mining of minerals which affected the ecological balance of the region was the primary concern.

shekhar pathak and GirdaIn all his life, Girish Tewari was in the constant search of the “Jainta” of which he wrote in his poem “Jainta Ek Din to Aalo”, his every exertion, from promoting his friends to influencing the politics until 2010 developed the benchmark of the authentic activist in Uttarakhand. The book by Pahar “Girda ke Ayam” has unabridged honoring writing by veteran scholars and writers like Shekhar Pathak, Sher Singh Pangtey , Deven Mewari and many more. Which shows how difficult a task it is to conclude his complete work in a single documentation. Girda is the inspiration that still drives the core value of Kumaon and Garhwal, many movements were inspired by the method of Girda to drive a movement at a full pace.

 

 


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