Punjabi University remembers Gurdial Singh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 15:58 IST
Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh (HT File Photo)

The Punjabi University condoled the death of writer Gurdial Singh, one of the most celebrated Punjabi writers, at a meeting presided over by vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh in the varsity’s senate hall on Wednesday. The 83-year-old writer breathed his last at a private hospital in Bathinda.

The meeting was largely attended by faculty, research scholars and students, where they shared their views on the much-feted literary figure of Punjab.

The V-C described him as the ‘greatest of great’ Punjabi writers which made him the second Punjabi author after Amrita Pritam to win the coveted Jnanpith award, the highest Indian honour in literature. Two films, based his novels ‘Marhi Da Diva’ and ‘Anhe Ghore Da Daan’, won worldwide acclaim, he added.

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The varsity had the privilege to interact with him at the All-India Punjabi Conference, commemorated to its foundation day on April 30 every year. He remained associated with the Punjabi University as a professor for a long period of time before he was awarded professor of eminence and life fellowship.

Registrar Devinder Singh said, “Gurdial Singh took Punjabi literature to the highest pinnacles of glory. With his death, an era of Punjabi literature that began in the seventh decade of the 20th century has come to an end. His writings reflected the pains, pleasures, dreams and struggles of a common man.”

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