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A tribute to Amrita Pritam, on her 101st birthday

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Amrita Pritam is regarded is the most prolific and soulful female writer of Punjab, also given the title 'poetess of the century'. SBS Punjabi presents a special audio tribute on 31 August 2020, which marks her 101st birthday.

Amrita Pritam was born in Gujranwala, a city of undivided Punjab, during the British Raj. She moved to Lahore during her formative years, writing her first anthology of poems when she was still a teenager.

Despite her young age, she earned a reputation as a progressive writer, but when the bloody partition of India took place in 1947,  her writing became more incisive and soulful.

Many regard her composition Ajj Aakhan Waris Shah nu'as her magnum opus written right after the tragedy, which witnessed unspeakable crimes and carnage in weeks of frenzied violence.

Her book Pinjar was later turned into a Bollywood film, portraying the horrific scenes of the partition of India as well.

Click on the audio player above, to hear a tribute to this 'unique daughter of Punjab' who is widely regarded as the greatest female writer of Punjabi literature.  

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