Surjit Paatar

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Dr. Surjit Patar
ਡਾ. ਸੁਰਜੀਤ ਪਾਤਰ
Surjit Patar, the well known Punjabi poet
Born (1945-01-14) 14 January 1945 (age 69)
Pattar Kalan, Jalandhar district, Punjab
Education Phd. in Literature, Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)
Occupation Writer, poet
Known for Punjabi Poetry

Surjit Patar (ਸੁਰਜੀਤ ਪਾਤਰ) is a renowned Punjabi language writer and poet of Punjab, India. His poems enjoy immense popularity with the general public and have won high acclaim from critics.[1]

Biography[edit]

Dr Surjit Patar hails from village Pattar (ਪੱਤੜ) Kalan in Jalandhar distt from where he got his surname. He did his graduation from Randhir College, Kapurthala and then went on to do Masters degree from Punjabi University, Patiala and then a PhD in Literature on "Transformation of Folklore in Guru Nanak Vani" from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He then joined the academic profession and retired as Professor of Punjabi from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He started writing poetry in mid-sixties. Among his works of poetry are "Hawa Vich Likhe Harf" (Words written in the Air), "Birkh Arz Kare" (Thus Spake the Tree), "Hanere Vich Sulagdi Varnmala" (Words Smouldering in the Dark), "Lafzaan Di Dargah" (Shrine of Words), "Patjhar Di Pazeb" (Anklet of Autumn) and Surzameen (Music Land )

He has translated into Punjabi the three tragedies of Federico García Lorca, the play Nag Mandala of Girish Karnad, and poems of Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda. He has also adapted plays from Jean Giradoux, Euripides and Racine. He has written tele-scripts on Punjabi poets from Sheikh Farid to Shiv Kumar Batalvi.

He is the president of Punjab Sahit Academy, Chandigarh. In the past he has held the office of the President, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana.

Well known poems[edit]

"Candles",[2] "Hanere vich sulagdi Varanmala",[3] "Aiya Nand Kishore"[1]

Filmography[edit]

Surjit Patar has written the dialogues of the Punjabi movie Shaheed Uddham Singh, made on the life of Udham Singh. He also wrote dialogues for Punjabi version of Deepa Mehta's movie Heaven on Earth.

Awards[edit]

  • 1993: Sahitya Akademi Award for Hanere vich Sulghdi Varnmala
  • 1999: Panchnad Puruskar by Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata
  • 2009: Saraswati Samman by K.K.Birla foundation.[4]
  • 2012: Padma Shri Award in the field of Literature and Education (fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Singh, Surjit (Spring–Fall 2006). "Surjit Patar: Poet of the Personal and the Political". Journal of Punjab Studies 13 (1): 265. His poems enjoy immense popularity with the general public and have won high acclaim from critics. 
  2. ^ Patar, Surjit; Translated by Ami P. Shah (Spring–Fall 2006). "Punjabi Poetry – with translations by Randi L. Clary, Gibb Schreffler, and Ami P. Shah". Journal of Punjab Studies (Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara 13 (1). 
  3. ^ Patar, Surjit; Translated by Gibb Schreffler from Hanere vichch sulagdi Varanmala (1992) (Spring–Fall 2006). "Punjabi Poetry – with translations by Randi L. Clary, Gibb Schreffler, and Ami P. Shah". Journal of Punjab Studies (Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara 13 (1). 
  4. ^ Jatinder Preet (30 April 2010). "Saraswati Samman for Patar". Punjab Panorama. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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