Sunday, October 01, 2006

Gurdial Singh

An eminent writer, he had his first short story published in 1957. His creative works span a variety of genres – novels, short story collections, dramas, prose and books for children. Besides several literary and academic publications he has written several articles for journals and newspapers on serious cultural, social, political and economic problems of Punjab and Indian society. He has also translated a number of books from English and Hindi into Punjabi and from Punjabi into these languages. He has been honoured with several awards including the Padma Shri, Bharatiya Jnanpith Award, Shiromani Sahitkar Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Punjabi Sahitya Akademi Award and many more.

He has been a member of various literary institutions like the Sahitya Akademi, Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, et cetera. His novels have been widely translated into Indian and foreign languages. His novel Marhi Da Deeva was reproduced as a feature film by NFDC.

"For a long time, in India at least, what we will go on needing is ... a Gurdial Singh."

- The Hindu

Gurdial Singh's work with Katha: "The Survivors" translated From the Punjabi by Rana Nayar

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