- FUNCTION TO BE HELD AT PUNJABI BHAWAN ON MARCH 14
Ludhiana, March 12: (CNI) For his contribution towards Punjabi language and culture, the Punjabi Sahit Akademi would be awarding fellowship to noted Punjabi writer Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill. This fellowship would be awarded in a function to be held at 11 am at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana on March 14, 2018. Former Union Minister Dr Manohar Singh Gill would be the chief guest on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier Prof Gill was awarded fellowship by Punjabi University, Patiala for a project named “Kheti-Bari Lok Dhara” that is related to agriculture folklore as well as the Shiromani Sahitkar Award by Punjab Government.
Thanking the Punjabi Sahit Akademi for this prestigious honour, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that he has always worked wholeheartedly for the promotion of Punjabi language and culture on all forums, whether national or international. He said that he is thankful to Punjabi Sahit Akademi for honouring him with such a prestigious honour.
Prof Gurbhajan Gill served the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana for more than three decades and is also the former president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi Ludhiana and chairman of Maharaja Dalip Singh Memorial Trust, Bassian Kothi.
Apart from several national and international awards, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill has 16 books on Punjabi poetry to his credit, which includes Gulnaar, Sheesha Jhooth Bolda Hai, Har Dhukhda Pind Mera Hai, Bol Mitti Daya Baweya, Agan Katha, Khair Panja Paaniya Di, Dharti Naad, Phullan Di Jhanjhar, Paardarshi, Mor Pankh, Mann Tandoor, Camera Di Akh Boldi, Surkh Samundar, Do Harf Raseedi, Mann De Boohe Baariya and Tareya Nal Galla Kardeya.
Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill was born at Basantkot (near Batala) in 1953. He received his graduate and postgraduate degrees at GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana and SCD Government College, Ludhiana respectively. He served for sometime as a Lecturer in Punjabi at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and LRM College (now DAV College) Jagraon. Since 1983 he worked as Editor (Punjabi) at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He has written nazams, ghazals, and geets with equal ease.
The awards he has received so far include Bhai Vir Singh Award (1979), Shiv Kumar Batalvi Award (1992), Bawa Balwant Award (1998), Prof. Puran Singh Award (2002), Giani Sunder Singh Award (2002), S.S. Misha Award (2002), Safdar Hashmi Literary Award (2003), Principal Sant Singh Sekhon Memorial Gold Medal (2003), Surjit Rampuri Award (2005), Balvinder Rishi Memorial Ghazal Award (2005), to name a few.