Santokh Singh Dhir

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Santokh Singh Dhir
Born Santokh Singh
(1920-12-02)2 December 1920
Dadherhi, Fatehgarh Sahib district, British Punjab
Died 8 February 2010(2010-02-08) (aged 89)
Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Santokh Singh Dheer
Occupation Writer, poet

Santokh Singh Dhir (Punjabi: ਸੰਤੋਖ ਸਿੰਘ ਧੀਰ), also spelled as Santokh Singh Dheer (1920–2010), was a noted, Sahitya Akademi Award winner, Punjabi writer and poet of Indian Punjab.[1][2][3] He was known for his stories Koee Ik Sawaar, Sanjhi Kandh and Saver Hon Tak.[2] He died on 8 February 2010 and his body was donated to PGI for research.[1][4]

Life and works[edit]

Singh was born on 2 December 1920,[1] to a Sikh father and Hindu mother,[1] in a little village of Dadherhi that now falls under Fatehgarh district[4] of Indian Punjab. He first worked as a tailor and then as a journalist for Preetlarhi, a monthly magazine[2] but was temporary. Later, he started as a full-time writer and wrote about 50 books[3] including novels, story anthologies, poetic and an autobiography, Brahaspati (1998).[5]


His father Giani Isher Singh Dard was a poet and his mother Jamni Devi alias Gursharan Kaur was a housewife. He was married to Surinder Kaur[4] and survived by his four daughters and a son.[2]


He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his story collection, Pakhi (1991) in 1996.[1][2] Language Department of Punjab honored him with Shromani Sahitkar Award in 1991 and Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana awarded him the Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Sharv Sharest Award in 2002. Punjabi University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Delhi awarded him the life fellowships.[2]

Notable books[edit]

His noted books includes:[2]

  • Guddian Patole (1944)
  • Kaali Barchhi
  • Jadon Aseen Aavange
  • Pahu Phutala (1948)
  • Dharti Mangdi Meenh Ve (1952)
  • Patt Jharhe Purane (1955)
  • To the Punjab of Farid and other poems (English Translation of Dhir's Poetry)
  • Koee Ik Sawaar
  • Chhittian Dee Chhaven (1950)
  • Saver Hon Tak (1955)
  • Sanjhi Kandh (1958)
  • Sharaab Da Glass (1970)
  • Sheran Dee Awaz (1988)
  • Pakhi (1991)
  • Sharaabi (1963)
  • Yaadgar (1979)
  • Hindustan Hamaara
  • Navaan Zamaana

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "PGI to study Santokh Singh Dhir's brain". Chandigarh. The Tribune. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Santokh Singh Dhir". Retrieved 9 May 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Noted Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir passed away". Chandigarh. PunjabNews. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Pall of gloom in Santokh Singh Dhir's native village, body to be donated for medical research". Dadherhi (Fatehgarh Sahib). PunjabNews. February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Dhir, Santokh Singh. Brihaspati. ISBN 81-7142-070-2. 

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