Friday, January 27, 2012

Eminent Punjabi writer Kartar Singh Duggal dead


We have received the sad news that renowned Sikh-Indian litterateur, Sardar Kartar Singh Duggal, died today, a few weeks short of his 95th birthday. The writer, who had also served as a Director of All India Radio, was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Monday last and the end came this evening.

Duggal has carved a place for himself by penning novels, short stories and plays in Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, and English, with equal elan and was a winner of Sahitya Akademi award and Padma Bhushan.

Duggal is survived by his wife Ayesha, a doctor, and a son. A master story-teller, Duggal, during a career spanning for over four decades, has written 24 collections of short stories and ten novels weaving the historical strands of the Partition saga and intricacies of human relationships in modern society.
Considered a virtual pioneer of modern Punjabi fiction, Duggal also penned seven plays, seven works of literary criticism, two collections poems and an autobiography.

Many of his books have been adopted by various universities in graduation courses and translated into other Indian languages.

Kartar Singh Duggal was born in 1917, in Dhamal, Rawalpindi District, Pakistan. He writes with equal ease in Panjabi, Urdu, Hindi, and English and excels in all genres of writings.

His works have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. He has received many honors and awards including the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Ghalib Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Bhai Mohan Singh Vaid Award, and Soviet Land Award.

He has served as Director, All India Radio and Director, National Book Trust. He has also been Advisor (Information), Planning Commission of India. 

The Library of Congress has 118 of his works.

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