|Born||1940 (age 76–77)
Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Spouse||First Vedpal Deep and later Surinder Singh (1966-present)|
Padma Sachdev (born 1940) is an Indian poet and novelist. She is the first modern woman poet of the Dogri language. She also writes in Hindi. She has published several poetry collections, including Meri Kavita Mere Geet (My Poems, My Songs), which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971. She has also received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 2001, and the Kabir Samman for poetry for the year 2007-08 given by Government of Madhya Pradesh.
Padma Sachdev was born in Jammu in 1940. She was the eldest of three children of a Sanskrit scholar, professor Jai Dev Badu, who was later killed during the partition of India in 1947. She first married famous Dogri poet Vedpal Deep and later married singer Surinder Singh of the musical duo "Singh Bandhu" in 1966. She lives in New Delhi.
Sachdev worked in All India Radio, Jammu as an announcer since 1961. Here she met Surinder Singh, Hindustani vocalist of the Singh Bandhu musical duo, who was a duty officer at the time. In the following years, she also worked with All India Radio, Mumbai. Some of her books are Tavi Te Chanhan (Rivers Tawi and Chenab, 1976), Nheriyan Galiyan (Dark Lanes, 1982), Pota Pota Nimbal (Fingertipful Cloudless Sky, 1987), Uttar Vahini (1992) and Tainthian (1992).
She wrote the lyrics of the song 'Mera chhota sa ghar baar' from the 1973 Hindi film by Ved Rahi "Prem Parbat" which had music by Jaidev. Thereafter, she wrote the lyrics of two songs of the 1978 Hindi film "Aankhin Dekhi", which had music by J.P. Kaushik including the famous duet "Sona re, tujhe kaise miloo" sung by Mohd Rafi and Sulakshana Pandit. She also wrote the lyrics along with Yogesh for the 1979 Hindi film "Saahas", which had music by Ameen Sangeet.
- Krutitava Smagra Samman, 2015 by Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, West Bengal
- Saraswati Samman , 2015 for her autobiography "Chitt-Chete" in Dogri language
- Padma Shri Award. 2001
- Sahitya Akademi Award 1971
- Kabir Samman for poetry. 2007-08
- Naushin. Kitabghar, 1995.
- Main Kahti Hun Ankhin Dekhi (Travelogue). Bharatiya Gyanpith, 1995.
- *Bhatko nahin Dhananjay. Bharatiya Gyanpith, 1999. ISBN 8126301309.
- Amrai. Rajkamal Prakashan, 2000. ISBN 8171787649.
- Jammu Jo Kabhi Sahara Tha (Novel). Bharatiya Jnanapith, 2003. ISBN 8126308869.
- Phira kyā huā?, with Jnaneśvara, and Partha Senagupta. National Book Trust, 2007. ISBN 8123750420.
- Where Has My Gulla Gone (Anthology). Prabhat Prakashan, 2009. ISBN 8188322415.
- A Drop in the Ocean: An Autobiography. tr. by Uma Vasudev, Jyotsna Singh. National Book Trust, India, 2011. ISBN 8123761775.
- George, p. 522
- Mathur, p. 182
- "Sahitya Akademi Award". Official website. Retrieved Feb 26, 2013.
- "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs.
- "Rashtriya Mahatma Gandhi Award to be given to Seva Bharti". August 10, 2008. Retrieved Feb 26, 2013.
- "Song of the Singhs". The Hindu. May 6, 2004. Retrieved Feb 26, 2013.
- K. M. George; Sahitya Akademi (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Plays and prose. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 8172013248.
- Shiv Nath (1997). 2 Decades of Dogri Literature. Sahitya Akademi. p. 19. ISBN 8126003936.
- Divya Mathur (2003). "Padma Sachdev:Introduction". Aashaa: Short Stories by Indian Women Writers: Translated from Hindi and Other Indian Languages. Star Publications. ISBN 8176500755.
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