Amrita Pritam: The one novelist loved by all

Amrita Pritam was a well known Indian poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered as the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language. With a career spanning over six decades, she produced more than 100 books of poetry, fiction, biographies, range of Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography which went on to get translated into several Indian and foreign languages.

She wrote 28 novels, 18 anthologies of prose, five short stories and 16 miscellaneous prose volumes.

Her poem, Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu, an expression of her anguish over massacres during the partition of India. Pinjar (The Skeleton) (1950), is another one of her well renowned works which got translated to multiple languages.

When the former British India was partitioned into the independent states of India and Pakistan in 1947, she migrated from Lahore to India. She remained popular and loved in both India and Pakistan throughout her life/

She became the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for her long poem, Sunehade (Messages). She won the prestigious Bharatiya Jnanpith – one of India’s highest literary awards, in 1982 for Kagaz Te Canvas (The Paper and the Canvas).

In 1969 she was awarded with the Padma Shri. Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award came in her way in 2004. She was also honoured with India’s highest literary award, given by the Sahitya Akademi (India’s Academy of Letters), the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship given to the “immortals of literature” for lifetime achievement.

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