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Traversing through the myth and reality of Heera Mandi

The courtesan movies never fail and so it is with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest venture which is drawing applause at home and some wrath in the neighbouring country. The writer recalls her own visit to Heera Mandi in 2004 which brought her face-to-face with poignant stories of the world’s oldest profession

The Heerayanis bite buttered bread as though in a dream.
Updated on May 19, 2024 07:10 AM IST
ByNirupama Dutt

Roundabout: When literature becomes balm for women who love too much

Memories have a strange habit of turning up on cold winter nights tucked in a quilt; this time, it is a conversation in a women’s room, sitting with poets Amrita Pritam and Fahmida Riaz, that comes back to mind

Amrita Pritam Punjabi (HT File)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 07:46 AM IST
ByNirupama Dutt

Amrita Pritam’s partner Imroz passes away at 97

Obituary: World of Punjabi letters mourns death of artist Imroz (Jan 26, 1926 - Dec 22, 2023) in Mumbai on Friday

Artist Imroz, who was writer Amrita Pritam’s partner, passed away in Mumbai on Friday. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 03:37 PM IST
ByNirupama Dutt

Essay: Revisiting Pinjar in time for Amrita Pritam’s 104th birth anniversary

Millions lost their homes and became refugees during the Partition and female bodies became battlegrounds. So where does a woman belong, asks Amrita Pritam

Author Amrita Pritam (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 10:00 PM IST
BySharmistha Jha

Roundabout: I will meet you yet again!

Punjab's Amrita Pritam, the first woman writer across all Indian languages to win the Sahitya Akademi Award, is celebrated in a new book titled "Amrita Pritam: The Writer Provocateur." The book, edited by Hina Nandrajog and the late Prem Kumari Srivastava, explores her influential writings and the challenges she faced as a woman in a patriarchal society. It includes select poems, fiction excerpts, and articles by scholars, offering fresh insights into her work. The book also features a conversation with actor Deepti Naval, who played Pritam in a play called "Ek Mulaqat."

A painting of Amrita Pritam and the silhouette of painter Imroz in the background: An image from the film ‘Imroz’ by Harjit Singh (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 03:13 PM IST
ByNirupama Dutt
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