Narsingh Dev Jamwal
|Born||1931 (age 91–92)|
|Notable awards||Padma Shri (2019) |
Sahitya Akademi Award
Narsingh Dev Jamwal (born 1931) is an Indian writer and playwright from Jammu, who has authored 48 books, including Sanjhi Dharti Bakhle Mahnu (novel), which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978. He received India's fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri (2019) for his contribution in the field of literature and education.
He was born in 1931 in Bhalwal. Jamwal completed his matriculation in 1945. On 23rd October 1947, he was part of Subedar Duni Chand's platoon at "Battle of Garhi" led by Rajinder Singh (brigadier) and was jailed in Pakistan as POW (prisoner of war) only to be released a year later.  He joined the Jammu & Kashmir Police in 1953. He also holds a master's degree in Dogri from Jammu University.
In 1978, Narsingh Dev was honoured with a Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel in Dogri language, Sanjhi Dharti Bakhle Mahnu. In 2008, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a playwright.