Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam (1919-2005) was one of the most distinguished writers and poets in the Punjabi language, besides being one of the first authors to have won the Sahitya Akademi Award. She won almost all the major literary awards and was nominated to the parliament for a term. She published over 80 books, most of which have been translated into Indian and European languages. Although she wrote considerable fiction, she was hailed as a bold and sensitive poet.