Padma Sachdev
Sachdev in 2018
Sachdev in 2018
Born(1940-04-17)17 April 1940
Purmandal Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, British Raj
Died4 August 2021(2021-08-04) (aged 81)
OccupationPoet, writer
LanguageDogri language
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi; Padma Shri; Kabir Samman
SpouseVedpal Deep and later Surinder Singh (1966-2021)

Padma Sachdev (17 April 1940 – 4 August 2021) was an Indian poet and novelist. She was the first modern woman poet of the Dogri language.[1] She also wrote in Hindi. She published several poetry collections, including Meri Kavita Mere Geet (My Poems, My Songs), which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971.[2][3] She also received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 2001,[4] and the Kabir Samman for poetry for the year 2007-08 given by Government of Madhya Pradesh,[5] Saraswati Samman for the year 2015,[6][7] Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2019.[8]

Personal life and death

Sachdev was born in a Baru Brahmin Family in Purmandal, Jammu on 17 April 1940.[9] 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 Vedpal Deep and later married singer Surinder Singh of the musical duo "Singh Bandhu" in 1966.[10] She and Surinder Singh first lived in New Delhi, but later shifted to Mumbai.[2] She died on 4 August 2021 in Mumbai at the age of 81, leaving behind husband Surinder Singh and their daughter Meeta Sachdev.[11][12]


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.[10] In the following years, she also worked with All India Radio, Mumbai.[2]

Sachdev won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her anthology Meri Kavita Mere Geet (transl. my poem my song) in 1969. Writing in the preface of the work, Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar noted "After reading Padma's poems I felt I should throw my pen away – for what Padma writes is true poetry." Her autobiography Boond Bawadi is considered a classic. Her book In Bin (transl. without them) addressed the under appreciated role played by domestic helps in Indian households.[13]

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.[12]







See also


  1. ^ a b George, p. 522
  2. ^ a b c d Mathur, p. 182
  3. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Award". Official website. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Rashtriya Mahatma Gandhi Award to be given to Seva Bharti". 10 August 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Jammu-born poet Padma Sachdev gets Saraswati Samman". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Dogri poet Padma Sachdev awarded Saraswati Samman". India Today. P. T. I. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Padma Sachdev conferred Akademi's highest honour". DailyExcelsior. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Padamshree Padma Sachdev". DailyExcelsior. 17 April 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Song of the Singhs". The Hindu. 6 May 2004. Archived from the original on 5 July 2004. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Eminent Dogri Poet Padma Sachdev dies at 81, Jitendra Singh mourns". United News of India. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Dogri Poet Padma Sachdev Is No More". Kashmir Life. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  13. ^ a b c Ghosh, Avijit; Khajuria, Sanjay (5 August 2021). "Noted Dogri writer Padma Sachdev, who passed away, worked closely with Lata Mangeshkar". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Padma Sachdev conferred with Dinu Bhai Pant Life Time Award". DailyExcelsior. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Dogri poetess Padma Sachdev awarded Krutitava Smagra Samman". 7 March 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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