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Renowned Punjabi Poet and Writer Surjit Patar Breathes His Last, Leaving Behind Rich Literary Legacy

Tributes Pour In for Surjit Patar: Padma Shri Awardee's Passing Marks End of an Era in Punjabi Literature

Ludhiana, May 11 : Renowned Punjabi poet and writer Surjit Patar, a recipient of the Padma Shri award, passed away at the age of 79 at his residence near the Barewal Colony in Ludhiana on Saturday morning. According to his family members, Patar passed away peacefully in his sleep. His wife, Bhupinder Kaur, attempted to wake him up around 6:30 am, but he did not respond. Subsequently, a doctor declared him deceased. Patar is survived by his wife and two sons, one of whom resides in Australia.

Cremation arrangements are expected to be finalized once Patar’s son returns from Australia, likely on Monday, as per his close associate Gurbhajan Gill. The news of Patar’s demise has triggered an outpouring of grief from various quarters, including political leaders, actors, and singers, who have acknowledged his immense contribution to Punjabi literature.

Patar’s literary legacy is marked by several acclaimed works, including “Hawa Vich Likhe Harf,” “Hanere Vich Sulagdi Varanmala,” “Patjhar Di Pazeb,” “Lafzaan Di Dargah,” and “Surzameen.” His distinguished career earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2012 for his significant contributions to literature and education.

Throughout his illustrious career, Patar served as the president of the Punjab Arts Council and the Punjabi Sahit Akademi. His literary prowess was recognized with awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Panchnad Puruskar, Saraswati Samman, and the Kusumagraj Literary Award.

Hailing from Patar village in Jalandhar district, Patar completed his graduation from Randhir College in Kapurthala and obtained a Ph.D. on “Transformation of Folklore in Guru Nanak Vani” from Guru Nanak Dev University. He later retired as a professor of Punjabi from Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana.

Patar’s contributions extended beyond his own works, as he translated the works of renowned international authors such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Girish Karnad, Bertolt Brecht, and Pablo Neruda into Punjabi, enriching the literary landscape of the language.

Political leaders, including Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Patar’s invaluable contributions to Punjabi literature.

Punjabi actors Gurpreet Ghuggi and singers Harbhajan Mann also mourned Patar’s demise, reflecting on his enduring legacy and indelible impact on the world of Punjabi literature.



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