Prominent Punjabi writer and Jnanpith awardee Gurdial Singh passed away on 16 August 2016 in Bathinda, Punjab. He was 83.
Singh was known as a Spartan who has taken it all in his stride in the literary world.
About Gurdial Singh
• Gurdial Singh started his literary career in 1957 with a short-story titled Bhaganwale, which was published in Panj Darya magazine.
• He became known as a novelist when he published the novel Marhi Da Deeva in 1964.
• After Amrita Pritam, he is the second Punjabi writer to receive the Jnanpith Award.
• He has written ten novels, including Anhoe, Addh Chanani Raat, Anhe Ghore Da Daan, Parsa among others.
• His novels Marhi Da Deeva and Addh Chanani Raat have been translated into English as The Last Flicker and Night of the Half Moon respectively.
• He was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975.
• In 1998, he was honoured with the Padma Shri.
• In 2000, he was awarded with the Jnanpith Literary Award 2000.
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When: 16 August 2016