Kanhaiyalal Sethia (Sujangarh, in what is now Churu District in the Indian state of Rajasthan. He was a passionate supporter of making Rajasthani, the mother tongue of the people of Rajasthan, at the union level. He was a government-recognized freedom fighter, social worker, reformer, philanthropist and environmentalist. He is known as fulfulling the role of the Yug-Charan for his nationalistic poetry during the freedom struggle.11 September 1919 – 11 November 2008) was a well-known Rajasthani and Hindi poet. He was born in
He has two sons and a daughter.
His first collection, Ramaniyai ra soratha, was written in the traditional style of didactic poetry rich in images and similes.
His other books of Rajasthani poems are Minjhara, Kum kum, Lilatamsa, Dhara kuncham dhara majalam, Mayada Ro Helo, Sabada, Satavani, Aghori kala, Leek Lakodia, Hemani, Kakko Kod Ro, and Deeth.
His book of poetic prose is Gala-gachiya.
Kanhaiyalal wrote 18 books in Hindi: Vanphool (1941), Agniveena (1942), Mera Yug (1948), Deepkiran (1954), Pratibimb (3rd edition), (1996), Aaj Himalaya Bola (1962), Khuli Krirkiyan Chaure Raaste (1967), Pranam (1970), Marm (1973), Anam (1974), Nirgranth (1976), Swagat (1986), Deh Videh (1986), Akask Ganga (1990), Vaaman - Viraat (1991), Nishpatti (1993), Shreyas (1997), Trayee (1998), 14 books in Rajasthani, and two books in Urdu: Taj Mahal (1975) and Gulchi (2001).
Two of his Rajasthani poems are world famous and have attained cult status. "Dharti Dhoran Ri" is recognized as the anthem song of Rajasthan throughout the world. Internationally acclaimed film maker Gautam Ghosh has made a documentary based on this poem titled Land of the Sand Dunes which was awarded the Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) by the Government of India.
His other poems that are extremely well known are "Pathal 'R' Pithal" and "Kun Jameen Ro Dhani".
Kanhaiyalal's works have been translated in the following languages:
- Pratibimb - Reflections In A Mirror - 1973 - English
- Nirgranth - Nirgranth - 1984 - Bengali
- Nirgranth - Nirgranth - 2007 - English
- Selected Rajasthani Poems - Anuvartan - 1994 - Hindi
- Leeltans - The Blue Jay - 1995 - English,
- Leeltans - Leeltans - 1995 - Hindi
- Khuli Khirkiyan Chaure Raaste - Khuli Khirkiyan Chaure Raaste - Marathi
He was also a nationalist and a social activist.
- "Calcutta's poet who was Rajasthan's voice". The Telegraph, Calcutta. The Telegraph, 20 December 20, 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- Ātura, Prakāśa (1979). Rājasthāna kī Hindī kavitā (in Hindi). Saṅghī Prakāśana.
कवि ने जिस युग में सृजन क्रम प्रारम्भ किया, वह राष्ट्रीय स्वतन्त्रता संग्राम का पावन क्षरण था प्रतः सेठिया जैसा दार्शनिक चितन अपने परिवेश से भसम्पृक्त न रह सका और वह भी युगवाणी में अपना स्वर मिला कर, युग चारण के दायित्व का निर्वाह करने लगा।
- Seṭhiyā, Kanhaiyālāla (1989). Kanhaiyālāla Seṭhiyā (in Hindi). Bhāloṭiyā Phāunḍeśana.
१९८७ ई० में आपकी राजस्थानी कृति 'सबद' पर राजस्थानी अकादमी का सर्वोच्च ' सूर्यमल्ल मिश्रण शिखर पुरस्कार ' प्रदान किया गया
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.