14 January 1945|
Pattar Kalan, Jalandhar district, Punjab, India
|Education||Phd. in Literature, Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)|
|Occupation||Writer, Poet, Teacher|
|Known for||Punjabi Poetry|
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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 Master's 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
- 1979 Punjab Sahitya Akademi Award
- 1993: Sahitya Akademi Award for Hanere vich Sulghdi Varnmala
- 1999: Panchnad Puruskar by Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata
- 1999 Bhartiya Bhasha Prishad, Kolkata
- 2007-2008 Anad Kav Sanman
- 2009: Saraswati Samman by K.K.Birla foundation.
- 2009 Gangadhar National Award for Poetry, Sambalpur University, Orissa
- 2012: Padma Shri Award in the field of Literature and Education (fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India)
- 2014 Kusumagraj Literary Award-2014
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- Jatinder Preet (30 April 2010). "Saraswati Samman for Patar". Punjab Panorama. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Punjabi litterateur Surjit Patar conferred Kusumagraj Award". Business Standard. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
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