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Amrita Pritam, the grande dame of Punjabi letters

Updated On Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam was the first woman to win the National Sahitya Akademi Award in 1956. A recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Jnanpith, she is remembered for poems such as Ajj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah) — which is an elegy to the 18th century Punjabi Sufi poet — and Pinjar (The Skeleton) , among many others. Her works have been translated in several Indian and foreign languages.

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Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam was a littérateur who was considered as the first significant Punjabi poet and novelist of the 20th century. Hindustan Times pays tribute to the life, literature and legacy of the poet at the start of her birth centenary year. (HT File) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam was a littérateur who was considered as the first significant Punjabi poet and novelist of the 20th century. Hindustan Times pays tribute to the life, literature and legacy of the poet at the start of her birth centenary year. (HT File)

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A legend well within her lifetime, she was a poet, fiction writer, essayist, biographer and editor of the celebrated literary journal ‘Nagmani’ that she brought out for 33 years. (HT File ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A legend well within her lifetime, she was a poet, fiction writer, essayist, biographer and editor of the celebrated literary journal ‘Nagmani’ that she brought out for 33 years. (HT File )

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Trapped in a loveless marriage at a young age, Amrita Pritam dared to love – lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi at first, and artist Imroz later. While her first love remained unfulfilled, she spent the rest of her life living-in with a rather loving and caring Imroz. (HT File ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

Trapped in a loveless marriage at a young age, Amrita Pritam dared to love – lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi at first, and artist Imroz later. While her first love remained unfulfilled, she spent the rest of her life living-in with a rather loving and caring Imroz. (HT File )

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The first woman to win the National Sahitya Akademi Award and the first writer of Punjabi to win the Jnanpith award, she is a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan as well as several international honours. (HT File ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

The first woman to win the National Sahitya Akademi Award and the first writer of Punjabi to win the Jnanpith award, she is a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan as well as several international honours. (HT File )

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A rare photograph of Amrita Pritam and her partner, Imroz, in 1969. She wrote a poem ‘Shaam ka Phool’ (The evening flower) after her first meeting with Imroz. The poet felt that Imroz, who was 10 years younger, met her a bit too late in life. (Ravinder Ravi) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

A rare photograph of Amrita Pritam and her partner, Imroz, in 1969. She wrote a poem ‘Shaam ka Phool’ (The evening flower) after her first meeting with Imroz. The poet felt that Imroz, who was 10 years younger, met her a bit too late in life. (Ravinder Ravi)

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Amrita is most remembered for her poignant poem, Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – “Ode to Waris Shah”), an elegy to the 18th-century Punjabi poet, an expression of her anguish over massacres during the partition of India. (HT file ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 03:24 PM IST

Amrita is most remembered for her poignant poem, Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – “Ode to Waris Shah”), an elegy to the 18th-century Punjabi poet, an expression of her anguish over massacres during the partition of India. (HT file )

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In her career spanning 60 years, she wrote around 100 books on poetry, essays, folk songs and even an autobiography. (ht file) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In her career spanning 60 years, she wrote around 100 books on poetry, essays, folk songs and even an autobiography. (ht file)

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Amrita had moved from Lahore to India during the Partition, although she remained popular in both countries. (ht file) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Amrita had moved from Lahore to India during the Partition, although she remained popular in both countries. (ht file)

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Amrita passed away in her sleep on October 31, 2005, aged 86 in Delhi. (ht file) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Amrita passed away in her sleep on October 31, 2005, aged 86 in Delhi. (ht file)

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