.ASPECTS: Different sides of Dr. Krishnahari Baral
As Lyricist :: As Literary Critic :: As Author :: Awards
Krishna Hari Baral : lyricist, literay critic, ghazal writer
As Lyricist

Dr. Krishnahari Baral is one of the most successful contemporary lyricists of Nepal. He has provided lyrics for popular songs to be used in movies, television serials, and commercials. Most of his songs however are ‘modern songs’, which is considered to be the ‘evergreen’ form of music. Until now, almost 300 of his lyrics have been recorded. His solo albums are eight and his other lyrics are featured by various established musicians and singers in their albums. On the other hand, his lyrics have also helped various artists to establish themselves and be very successful in the music field. Also, he has published two song collections books to the date, first of which is ‘Ek Phool, Anek Patra (Single Flower, Myriad Petals)’. The second collection book ‘Geetkar Krishnahari Baral; Srijana ra Samalochana (Lyricist Krishnahari Baral; Creation and Critique)’ contains his lyrics as well as their criticism by others.

His well formed lyrics invoke human emotions in the readers and the listeners, due to its numerous poetic qualities. Although he writes on many subjects, the contents of his songs can be primarily classified as patriotic, philosophical, love songs, and about nature.

The patriotic songs are usually about the geographical and historical contexts of Nepal as well as the bravery shown by Nepalese warriors and martyrs. They also contain the message that Nepalese should build their nation on their own.

In Baral's songs, we can find reflection of romanticism and existentialism in addition to the discussions of life and its mystery. His various songs have many qualities, such as materialistic love in surface and spiritual attachment in deeper sense. His songs represent more of the inner power of the god and less of the physical description.

In his love songs, description of beauty, happiness of being together, and grief of separation is available. He has been found to describe love as worship in some songs. In fact, love is a highway to reach to the Lord or the beloved ones. While reading some of his love songs, it is difficult to resolve whether he is referring to the Lord or the lovers. In his love songs, occasionally we can find traces of contemporary contexts and satire as well. He has in some places looked at love as a means to forget our daily scarcity. He has also offered a comparison between nature and love in some of his songs. His lyrics are usually about daily problems and happenings in life, to which his readers and listeners can relate to. Some of his lyrics due to the same reason have gained the grade of quotations as well.

Both subjective and objective description of nature and the personification of nature are found in his lyrics. In many songs, nature has been used as simile, metaphor and symbol. Using nature to describe persons, or using persons to describe nature is his favorite tool. The transition of seasons has been viewed as the ups and downs in life. Depending on the content of songs, both fierce and calm form of nature has been discussed in his lyrics, very much like Wordsworth.

Excessive use of feelings and fantasy in his lyrics makes them very original and superior. Usually, his lyrics contain natural emotions and expressions, catchy symbols and outstanding figurative language. Writing excellent lyrics in either prose or metrical verse is the quality of Dr. Baral.

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As Literary Critic

Dr. Krishnahari Baral is a famous name in the field of Nepalese literary criticism. His journey of criticism began in 80's with the publication of his first critique "Rupmati Upanyas: Adhuniktako Prashna (Rupmati Novel: Matter of Modern times)". Now his theoretical as well as practical critique creations have spread to different genres like Novels, Poems, Songs, Ghazals, Essays etc. His works have been published in many books and articles.

Some of his critiques are focused entirely on the works of an individual, while others are detailed analysis of various subject matters and their historical account. Whereas "Geet Sidhdhanta Ra Itihas (Theory and History of Lyrics)", "Ghazal: Sidhdanta Ra Parampara (Ghazal: Theory and Chronicle)" and "Upanyas Sidhdhanta ra Nepali Upanyas (Novel theory and Nepali Novels)" contain theoretical stuff as well as the entire history of songs, ghazals and novels respectively, "Kabi Bhupi: Bishleshan ra Mulyankan (Poet Bhupi: Analysis and Evaluation)" is limited to thorough examination of works of poet Bhupi Sherchan. Besides, "Sandristi (Critique Collection)" and "Bastuparak Samalochana (Objective Critique)" are collections of many scattered analytical essays.

Baral's works expose his extensive knowledge of theories, literary devices and emerging experimental aspects of both, western and eastern literature. Depending upon the situation, his works are found to have formulated new theories also. His analysis technique is basically objective and he is of the school of thought that creations should not be examined from a single point of view only. Baral's works, packed with solid subject matter and decorated by crafty language, are valuable in the collection of Nepali Literary Criticism. Historically, among Nepali critiques, Baral's name comes after Motiram Bhatta, Suryabikram Gyawali, Ramkrishna Sharma, Dr. Taranath Sharma, Dr. Ishwor Baral, Dr. Basudev Tripathi, and Indra Bahadur Rai. Moti ram Bhatta, Surya bikram Gyawali, Ram krishna Sharma, Dr. Tara nath Sharma, Dr. Basu dev Tripathi, and Indrabahadur Rai

The views expressed by Dr. Taranath Sharma, Dr. Govindaraj Bhattarai, Dr. Himanshu Thapa, Dr. Durga Prasad Bhandari, and Prof. Mohanraj Sharma also prove the abilities of Dr. Baral as a critic. Dr. Govinda raj Bhattarai, Dr. Mohan Himanshu Thapa, Dr. Durgaprasad Bhandari, and Prof. Mohan raj Sharma

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As Author

In addition to being a lyricist and a critic, Mr. Baral is involved in other fields too.  He has made an important contribution by writing many course books. Most of those books are co-written. Among them, "Bhasa Bigyan Ra Nepali Bhasa (Linguistics and Nepali Language)" is co-written with Prof. Mohanraj Sharma and remaining course books with Netra Atom.

He has published Nepali Grammar books for students from Grade 1 up to Grade 10. These consist of "Sachitra Bal Byakaran (Children's Grammar with Illustrations)" for grade 1-5, "Nimna Madhyamik Nepali Byakaran (Lower Secondary Nepali Grammar)" for grade 6, 7 & 8 and "Madhyamik Nepali Byakaran (Secondary Nepali Grammar)" for grade 9 & 10. He has also published "Anibarya Nepali Byakaran, Abhibyakti ra Abhyas (Compulsory Nepali Grammar, Expression and Exercise)" for I.A., +2 & B.A. and "Sadharan Nepali (Simple Nepali)" for B.Ed. He has provided foreword in many books of many writers too.

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In recognizing his continuous endeavors, Dr. Baral has received many awards, honors and commendations. Some of them are listed below:

  • Topmost lyricist: First Video Movie Competition (1990 AD)
  • INHURED First prize nation wide poem competition (1992 AD)
  • Nai Kalanidhi Musical Award (1998 AD)
  • Chhinnalata Musical Award (1999 AD)
  • Dovan Honor (2000 AD)
  • Music Nepal Honor (2000-2001 AD)
  • Bhupalman Shingh Youh Literature Award (2002 AD)
  • Ghazal Shri Honor (2003 AD)

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