Marhi Da Deeva

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This article is about a Punjabi novel. For film, see Marhi Da Deeva (1989 film).
Marhi Da Deeva
Author Gurdial Singh
Original title ਮੜ੍ਹੀ ਦਾ ਦੀਵਾ
Country India
Language Punjabi
Subject Life of a poor
Genre Social
Publication date
Media type Print

Marhi Da Deeva (Originally in Punjabi: ਮੜ੍ਹੀ ਦਾ ਦੀਵਾ, Literally meaning: The Lamp of the Tomb), sometimes spelled as Marhi Da Diva, is a 1964 Punjabi novel by Gurdial Singh. This first novel established Gurdial Singh as a novelist.[1][2] The author himself described it as the first Punjabi novel in ``critical realism. It came in for high praise, some critics calling it a landmark equivalent to Premchand's Godan.[3] It was translated as The Last Flicker by Sahitya Akademi.


The novel was adapted into a 1989 Punjabi film of the same name.[4][5] Surinder Singh directed the film (Marhi Da Deeva) starring Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval and Parikshit Sahni in lead roles.[6] The film received National Award and was critically acclaimed.[4]


  1. ^ "Life’s own voice". Chandigarh. The Tribune. March 18, 2000. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ OBE, Ranjit Singh (2008). Sikh Achievers. New Delhi: Hemkunt Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 978-81-7010-365-3. 
  3. ^ Bajinder Pal Singh (2000). "From a carpenter to a writer, Singh has come a long way". The Indian Express. 
  4. ^ a b Maan, Megha (March 11, 2012). "Bathinda girl realises celluloid dream, plays stellar role in award winning film". Chandigarh. The Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Marhi Da Deeva - part 1 [The Lamp of the Tomb] (Motion picture) (in Punjabi). YouTube. 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ IMDB |