Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam love story compassed a universe of love, pain, acceptance, loss, remorse, sensuality and almost everything in between. On Sahir’s birthday, a look at their life together. read more
Hardly, any eye was left dry, when a clip on the poem which, author-journalist Nirupama Dutt, who knew Pritam well, described the poem as one which perhaps garnered as much attention as her ode to Waris Shah. read more
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. Prominent Punjabi writers remember her... read more
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.
She asked me to recite a poem and I recited Dastak, which spoke of friends arriving from across the border coming to our home and mats being laid out in the courtyard and food being cooked, but alas it turns out to be just a dream. read more
Amrita moved from Lahore to India during the Partition, although she remained popular in both countries. In 1956, Pritam became the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for ‘Sunehade’ (Messages). read more
Amrita Pritam is most remembered for her poem, Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah), an elegy to the 18th century Punjabi poet, which also expresses her anguish over massacres during the partition of India. read more
The Lahore literati remembered writers Bedi, Amrita Pritam, Krishan Chander and others whose talent was nurtured and recognised in Lahore but there was no going back for them to the city they loved and had to flee when riots broke out in 1947. read more