Kaka Hathrasi (September 18, 1906 – September 18, 1995) was a noted Hindi satirist and humorist poet of India. His real name was Prabhu Lal Garg. He wrote under the pen name Kaka Hathrasi. He chose “Kaka”, as he played the character in a play which made him popular and “Hathrasi” after the name of his hometown Hathras. He has 42 works to his credit, comprising a collection of humorous and satirical poems, prose and plays published by various publishers. He also wrote three books on Indian classical music under the pen name “Vasant”. In 1932, he established Sangeet Karyalaya (initially Garg and Co.), a noted publishing house for the books on Indian classical music and dance and started publishing a monthly magazine Sangeet in 1935, which earned a high reputation. Sangeet is the only periodical on Indian classical music and dance which has been continuously published for over 78 years. Kaka Hathrasi had many talents – as a writer, poet, musician, musicologist, actor and a fine painter.
He was awarded Padma Shri by the government of India in 1985. Today, each year, the Delhi-based “Hindi Academy” awards the annual Kaka Hathrasi Award for outstanding contribution in the literary field.
In 1935, Kaka started a monthly magazine Sangeet under the banner of Sangeet Karyalaya. This publication elaborated on the nuances and intricacies of various classical forms of music such as dhrupad, dhamaar, thumri, and taraanaa, and popular forms such as geet, ghazal, quawwali, folk music and film music. The magazine continued after his death. He also published his autobiography, Mera Jeevan : A-One in 1993.
Hathrasi started “Kaka Hathrasi Puraskaar”, a prestigious award that is given annually to the best humorous poet/writer of the year and “Kaka Hathrasi Sangeet Sammaan” given to a distinguished musician/musicologist.
Some of his famous books are as follows.
- Kaka Tarang.
- Kaka Ki Chaupal.
- Jai Bolo Baiman Ki,
- Mera Jeevan : A-One (Autobiography)
Just follow the links to read all the poems by Kaka Hathrasi