100 years of Amrita Pritam
Today marks the 100th birth anniversary of the writer Amrita Pritam, winner of the Sahitya Akademi award.
I will meet you again .. How and where I do not know .. May be in your dreams as your inspiration, or as a mysterious streak on your canvas.. silently I will keep looking at you ..
These words are from a famous poem of Amrita Pritam's ... Main tujhe phir milungi, written when just before her death.
Amrita Pritam's writings are still alive in people's minds. She was born on August 31, 1919, in present-day Pakistan. She wrote primarily in Punjabi, and was an outstanding poet in the language, but was equally versatile in Hindi.
Amrita Pritam's childhood was spent in Lahore. Amrita's father was a scholar and writer; she lost her mother early on.
At an early age, Amrita started writing. Her first compilation was 'Amrit Lehar.' In 1947, at the time of Partition, she had to leave Lahore and come to India. The turmoil of partition was seared into Amrita's memory. Her poem on the partition 'Ajj Akhar Waris Shah Nu' described the pain of people on both sides of the border. She specifically mentioned the pain of women who were killed in the violence during partition.
After this, 'Pinjar' [Skeleton] came out of her pen. Pinjar is a story of India's independence, but also one of violence against women, inhumanity and surrender to fate.
She was awarded the Padma Shri and then the Padma Vibhushan, and also won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi literary award in 2004.
When Amrita Pritam is talked about, then it is for the stories related to her love for the lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and the painter Imroz. But Amrita Pritam's real identity came from the words emanating from her pen.
Wwhen it comes to Amrita Pritam's autobiography 'Rasidi Ticket', many stories related to Sahir Ludhianvi are revealed. Amrita Pritam and Sahir's relationship was on and off but did not reach any conclusion. But she also had a relationship with Imroz, who stayed with Amrita till her last breath. He was also aware of Amrita and Sahir's relationship, and Amrita's feelings for Sahir. Both of them spent 45 years of their lives together. Today, it is even difficult to imagine such a relationship ... she was a woman ahead of her times.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]