Google Doodle celebrates the birth anniversary of one of history’s most prominent woman Punjabi writers, Amrita Pritam. She was born in British India’s Gujranwala 100 years ago today.
The Google Doodle dedicated to her is a reference to her autobiography Kala Gulab which revealed many details of her personal life that acted as a catalyst to help women speak more openly about their experiences with love and marriage.
Amrita Pritam was considered the greatest 20th-century Punjabi poet. She has published 28 novels including Pinjar, a tale set during the time of partition which was also adapted into a movie.
After partition, Amrita Pritam lived in Pakistan. Known for her expertise in Punjabi language, Amrita Pritam also wrote many works in Hindi and Urdu. She also worked for All India Radio and edited the literary journal Nagmani.
She was a recipient of awards including the Bharatiya Jnanpith literary award in 1981 and she was also awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2005
Apart from this, ‘The Skeleton’ a French translation of her novel was awarded the La Route des Indes Literary Prize in 2005.