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Balkavi Bairagi

Balkavi Bairagi (born Nand Ramdas Bairagi; 10 February 1931 – 13 May 2018) was a Hindi poet, film lyricist and politician from India. He was a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh from 1998 to 2004. Bairagi was born in Manasa in a Vaishnav Brahmin (Bairagi) family. Originally named Nand Ramdas Bairagi, he came to be popularly called as "Balkavi" Bairagi as he wrote some classic poems during his childhood. He obtained his post-graduate degree in Hindi from Vikram University, Ujjain. Bairagi wrote several Hindi poems and wrote prolifically for children. His poem "Jhar gaye paat, bisar gayi tehni" is considered a masterpiece by Hindi poets. He wrote lyrics for more than two dozen Hindi films, the most noted among them being Reshma aur Shera and Ankahee. As a politician affiliated to the Indian National Congress, he was elected to the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Manasa in 1968 and again in 1980. At various points in time, he served as the Minister of State for Information, the Minister of Language and Tourism and the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies in the Madhya Pradesh Government. He was a Member of the Lok Sabha between 1984 and 1989, representing the Mandsaur constituency. He was a Rajya Sabha member from 1998 to 2004. He died on 13 May 2018. β€œHe was given the name Balkavi as he wrote some classic poems in his childhood,” veteran journalist CK Naidu said.