Neither a new Bollywood number nor a traditional folk song, but there is something similar which we can not forget. It’s in our blood and is capable enough of recharging our mind and soul every time we listen to it, yes I am talking about the Navodaya Prayer.
We have spent so many years singing the same old songs every day during our school days. It acted like a thread that connects each of us just like the different flowers are connected to make a beautiful garland. The navodaya prayer is not just a song, it has got a wonderful meaning.
Have you ever thought about the man behind such a masterpiece?
Mr Suresh Chandra Vatsyayan was a polyglot author and eminent educationalist from Punjab. His family comprises of wife, two daughters and a son. He won three all-India awards and six state honours for his 27 poetry books published in various languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and English, former college principal and professor, Vatsyayan had won prestigious literary titles at Allahabad, Banaras, Pune, and Carolina (US).
He also served as chancellor of the National Institute for Adult Education in New Delhi and played a governing role in the academic councils of various universities and school bodies as elected and nominated member. The winner of many research scholarships was an acclaimed doyen of Mantra poetry, Hindi sonnet, Haiku and Renga, mini epic, ghazal and folk rhymes, besides being an expert on Guru Tegh Bahadur, Kabir, Surdas and Tulsidas, on whom he had delivered many lectures at the national and international forums. He had penned 22 books and 13 research papers and remained on various teaching jobs for 36 years.
He had penned 22 books and 13 research papers and remained on various teaching assignments for over 36 years. Vatsyayan had won more than 50 national and international awards during his life. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 73 years, on 28th September 2008 at his home situated in Ludhiana. He was suffering from heart disease and had bypass surgery in the past as well.
Have a look at what the newspaper say about ‘Suresh Chandra Vatsyayan’ in the snapshot of Dainik Jagran 16 April 2000.