Dalip Kaur Tiwana

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Dalip Kaur Tiwana

Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana is a foremost novelist and short-story writer of contemporary Punjabi literature. She has won awards, both regional and national, and is a widely translated author. She has retired as Professor of Punjabi, and Dean, Faculty of Languages, from Punjabi University, Patiala.


Dalip Kaur Tiwana was born on 4 May 1935 in village Rabbon in the Ludhiana district of Punjab in a well-to-do land-owning family. She was educated at Patiala, where her uncle, Sardar Sahib Tara Singh Sidhu was Inspector General of Prisons. She had a distinguished academic career. She got first class first in M.A., and was the first woman in the region to get the PhD degree from the Panjab University, Chandigarh.[1]

In 1963, she joined the Punjabi University, Patiala as a Lecturer and then went on to become Professor[2] and Head of the Department of Punjabi, and Dean, Faculty of Languages. She was a brilliant teacher and researcher and made a significant contribution to literary and critical studies in Punjabi. She was also a UGC National Lecturer for a year.

She is married to sociologist and Poet Prof Bhupinder Singh and has a son Dr Simranjit Singh, who is an Assistant Professor of Electronics and Communication at Punjabi University. Dr Tiwana lives with her family on the campus of Punjabi University, Patiala, where she is life fellow and writer-in-residence.

On 14 October 2015, she returned Padma Shri award against increasing intolerance in the country.She received this award in 2004 for her contribution to literature and education.[3]



  1. Agni Prikhya
  2. Eho Hamara Jiwna
  3. Waat Hamari
  4. Teeli da Nishaan
  5. Sooraj te Samandar
  6. Doosri Seeta
  7. Within Without
  8. Sarkandyaan de Des
  9. Dhupp Chhaan te Rukh
  10. Sabh Des Paraya
  11. Hey Ram
  12. Lambi Udaari
  13. Peele Pattyaan di daastan
  14. Hastaakhar
  15. Pairchaal
  16. Rin Pittraan da
  17. Air wair mildayaan
  18. Langh gaye dariya
  19. Jimi puchhay asmaan
  20. Katha kuknoos di
  21. Duni suhava baagh
  22. Katha kaho urvashi
  23. Bhaujal
  24. Oh taan pari si
  25. Moh maaya
  26. Janam juye haarya
  27. Khada pukare pattani
  28. Paunaan di jind meri
  29. Khitij ton paar
  30. Teen lok se nyari
  31. Tumri katha kahi na jaye
  32. Vichre sabho vaari vaari
  33. Takhat hazara door kude


  1. Merian saariyaan kahaniyaan
  2. Kise di dhee
  3. Saadhna
  4. Yaatra
  5. Ik kudi
  6. Tera Kamra mera kamra
  7. Panjaan vich parmeshar
  8. Fullan dian kahaniyaan
  9. Panchhiyaan dian kahaniyaan
  10. Baabaniyaan kahaniyaan
  11. Putt saputt karen
  12. Paidaan
  13. Kaale likh na lekh
  14. Athhe pehar


  1. Nange Pairaan da safar
  2. Poochte ho to suno
  3. Turdyaan turdyaan


  1. Tere mere sarokaar
  2. Jeeun joge


English Translations[edit]

  1. Such is her fate (Punjabi University)
  2. A journey on bare feet (Orient Longman)
  3. Twilight+Mark of the nosepin (NBT, Delhi)
  4. Gone are the rivers (Macmillan)
  5. The tale of the phoenix (Unistar, Chandigarh)
  6. Who am I (Diamond Pocket Books, Delhi)
  7. Tell the tale Urvashi (Orient Blackswan).

The characters in Tiwana's novels and short-stories are the downtrodden and the innocent rural folk with suppressed desires and passions. Tragedy and irony mark the main elements of her fiction. Complex inner duality of the female psyche is the chief theme of Tiwana. Besides her achievement in fiction, Tiwana has written two books on literary criticism too.



  • Honored with UGC National Lecturership.


  • Govt. of Punjab Award for Sadhana as the best book of short stories, 1960–61.
  • Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971 for novel Eho hamara jivan (This our life, 1969)[5]
  • Ministry of Education and Social Welfare Award for Punjaan Vich Parmeshar in 1975
  • Nanak Singh Puruskar (Languages Department, Govt. of Punjab) for the novel Peele Patian Di Dastan
  • Gurmukh Singh Musafir Award (Languages Department, Govt. of Punjab)for the autobiography Nange Pairan Da Safar in 1982
  • Canadian International Association of Punjabi Authors and Artists Award, 1985.
  • Shiromani Sahitkar Award, Languages Department, Govt. of Punjab, 1987.
  • Pramaan Pattar from Punjab Govt. 1989.
  • Dhaliwal Award from Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana, 1991.
  • Best Novelist of the Decade (1980–90), Punjabi Academy, Delhi, 1993.
  • Nanjanagudu Thirumalamba Award for the novel Katha Kuknus Di, Karnataka, 1994
  • Vagdevi Award for the novel Duni Suhava Bagh from Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Calcutta, 1998
  • Honored with Mata Sahib Kaur Award during the tercentenary celebrations of the Birth of the Khalsa for outstanding contribution in the field of language, art and literature at Anandpur Sahib on 11 April 1999.
  • Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Award (Lifetime achievement) from Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana,2000
  • Saraswati Samman in 2001 for novel Katha Kaho Urvashi[6]
  • Padma Shri Award in 2004 for Literature & Education[7]
  • Panj Pani Award from Jalandhar Doordarshan, 2005.
  • Punjabi Sahit Rattan Award from Govt. of Punjab, 2008.
  • Honorary D.Litt. from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana". Ludhianadistrict.com. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana returns Padma Shri, RSS lashes out". Indianexpress.com. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Bajwa, Sandeep Singh. "Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana". Sikh-history.com. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". Tribuneindia.com. 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.