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Punjabi poet Harman awarded Yuva Puraskar for book ‘Rani Tatt’

The book is a collection of poetry and prose, written at different time intervals.

punjab Updated: Dec 23, 2017 00:12 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Yuva Puraskar,Rani Tatt,Sahitya Akademi New Delhi
11,000 copies (7 editions) of Rani Tatt have been published in two years and the book has received immense praise.(Karun Sharma/HT)

A schoolteacher at Ranjitgarh village in Punjab’s Mansa district, Harman, was awarded the Yuva Puraskar for his book ‘Rani Tatt’ by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, on Friday at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16 here.

Harman, 26, began writing poetry at an early age but never thought of publishing his work until 2015 when this book came into being. It is a collection of poetry and prose, written at different time intervals.

He describes the title as the ‘supreme element’ saying, “Sarbotam, jiwein rani haar sab ton sohna hunda ae (It is supreme, as the ‘rani haar’ or queen’s necklace is said to be the most beautiful).”

He belongs to the Khiala Kalan village in Mansa and has earlier been awarded Shri Kanvar Singh Chauhan Yadgiri Nazam Puraskar and Punjabi Sahitya Academy Award for prose among others.

Many of his songs are now being sung in Punjabi films. He wishes to continue writing songs for films. “I was enchanted by music in my childhood and could remember every detail about the songs, including the singer, the composer, and the music director. I used to think that I should do something like this,” says Harman.

Painting and films are other interests close to his heart. He tells that his father is also into writing and therefore, he found an interest in writing and art.

The booklet released by Sahitya Akademi reads, “Rani Tatt is a collection of Punjabi poems that have great amount of strength to go deep into the rich and ancient heritage of Punjab and connect it with the modern ethos in a meaningful manner. Lucidly written and with enormous lyrical intensity, these poems perceive and portray culture through nature and vice versa.”

So far, 11,000 copies (seven editions) of the book have been published in two years. It has been published by ‘Colours of Punjab’.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 20:48 IST