Jajpur: Even after writing over 5000 poems, few of which have been aired on All India Radio and Doordarshan, life has not changed for a rickshaw puller from Korabandi village under Korei block of Jajpur district.
Life was never easy for Kailash Patra who lost his father at a young age and was forced to drop out of school at Class IX due to poverty. However, his mother became the inspiration of his poems and his literary journey began from the year 2000.
It was only in the year 2006 he started getting serious towards his work. His first work to be broadcasted on All India Radio was ‘Hey Bapuji Tume Gala Kahin‘ for which he earned a certificate and Rs 340 as honorarium.
With the certificate, he had visited the Doordarshan Kendra in Bhubaneswar and after returning home there was no looking back for Kailash. He has to date penned 5073 poems, out of which 478 have been aired on radio or television or been published in newspapers or magazines.
Kailash has also been felicitated in 14 out of 366 stage programs which he has attended to date. However, the rickshaw is still his sole source of income which is also in danger due to people preferring to travel in auto-rickshaw.
He has now compiled his poems in a book titled ‘Sandhya Tara‘, which he plans to sell at a wholesale price of Rs 20 and MRP of Rs 50. With whatever savings he had, Kailash has printed 500 such books and hopes that his work will gain popularity through the book and he will be able to sustain his family through the sales profit.
Kailash Patra, Rickshaw Puller & Poet