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Punjabi Poet and Writer Surjit Patar Passes Away at 79

The literary world mourns the loss of Surjit Patar, a renowned Punjabi poet, writer, and Padma Shri recipient, who passed away in Ludhiana, Punjab, at the age of 79.

Tributes Pour In

The news of Patar’s demise has been met with an outpouring of grief and condolences from political leaders and literary figures alike. Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Minister of Punjab, and Kultar Singh Sandhwan, the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, expressed their deep sorrow and acknowledged Patar’s significant contribution to the promotion and preservation of the Punjabi language globally.

A Celebrated Literary Journey

Surjit Patar’s literary journey was marked by numerous accolades and honours, including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his exceptional work in regional language writing. His achievements were recognized at the highest level when he was conferred the Padma Shri in 2012, a well-deserved recognition of his contributions to Punjabi literature.

Born in Patar Kalan village in Jalandhar, Patar retired as a professor of Punjabi from the Punjab Agricultural University, leaving an indelible mark on the minds of countless students and literary enthusiasts.

A ‘Philosopher of the Heart’

Former Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ashwani Kumar, paid a heartfelt tribute to Patar, describing him as a “philosopher of the heart” whose writings kept alive the deepest yearnings and realities of both private and social life. Kumar commended Patar’s ability to seamlessly blend the poet and his poetry, ensuring that the language of the heart resonated through his work.

Preserving the Legacy

Patar’s literary legacy extends beyond the confines of Punjab, as his works have been celebrated and studied globally. His role as the president of the Punjab Arts Council further solidified his commitment to the preservation and promotion of Punjabi culture and art.

As the literary world mourns the loss of this legendary figure, Surjit Patar’s contributions to Punjabi literature will continue to inspire generations of writers and poets, ensuring that the rich tapestry of Punjabi language and culture remains vibrant and alive.

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