NAND RAMNAND RAM, one of the poets who kept Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) company, was the son of a well known Siift poet, Vali Ram. He had been in the service of Dara Shukoh, who, having lost the struggle for succession to his father`s throne, was executed by his brother, Emperor Aurarigzib, in 1659. When he came under the patronage of Guru Gobind Singh is not known. Two of his poems, Nand Pachisi and Karkhd Guru Gobind Singh Kd, both in Gurmukhi script, have survived. The former describing Kaliyuga, the contemporary Age of Darkness, was written in 1687 and the latter, an ode on the life of Guru Gobind Singh, sometime after the battle of Chamkaur (1705).
1. Padam, Piara Singh, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jt de Darbari Ratan. Patiala, 1976