17 August 2016 Current Affairs: 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.
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 asThe 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.