Surjit Patar
Surjit Patar.jpg
BornPattar Kalan, Punjab, British India
Occupation
  • Writer
  • poet
  • teacher
EducationPhd. in Literature, Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)

Surjit Patar is a Punjabi language writer and poet of Punjab, India. His poems enjoy immense popularity with the general public and have won high acclaim from critics.[1]

Biography

Surjit Patar with a fan
Surjit Patar with a fan

Patar hails from village Pattar (Punjabi: ਪੱਤੜ) Kalan in Jalandhar district from where he got his surname.[2] He graduated from Randhir College, Kapurthala and then went on to get a 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.[2] He started writing poetry in mid-sixties. Among his works of poetry are "Hawa ਵਿਚ 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).[2]

He has translated into Punjabi the three tragedies of Federico García Lorca, the play Nagmandala of Girish Karnad,[3] 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 Arts Council, Chandigarh.[4] In the past, he has held the office of the President, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2012.[5]

Well known poems

"Candles",[6] "Hanere vich sulagdi Varanmala",[7] "Aiya Nand Kishore",[1] "Hanera Jarega Kiven", "Fasla", "Koi Daalia Cho Langeya Hawa Bann Ke" and others.

Filmography

Surjit Patar has written dialogues of the Punjabi movie Shaheed Uddham Singh and Videsh, the Punjabi version of Deepa Mehta's movie Heaven on Earth.

Awards

Sahitya Akademi Award - Surjit Patar
Sahitya Akademi Award - Surjit Patar

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b c Singh, Paramjeet (7 April 2018). Legacies of the Homeland: 100 Must Read Books by Punjabi Authors. Notion Press. ISBN 978-1-64249-424-2.
  3. ^ Vatsyayan, Anupam (14 December 2016). Re-visiting and Re-staging. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-5731-4.
  4. ^ a b "Eminent poet Surjit Patar is new Punjab Arts Council chief". The Indian Express. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Punjabi poet Surjit Patar gets Padma Shri". The Indian Express. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ 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. 13 (1).
  7. ^ 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. 13 (1).
  8. ^ Jatinder Preet (30 April 2010). "Saraswati Samman for Patar". Punjab Panorama. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Punjabi litterateur Surjit Patar conferred Kusumagraj Award". Business Standard India. Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.