Articles by Safir Rammah

Articles by: Safir Rammah

West Punjabi Poetry

The article focuses on the Punjabi poetic tradition that developed in West Punjab following the region’s partition in 1947. It examines the works of poets such as Ustad Daman, Sharif Kunjahi, Ahmad Rahi, Munir Niazi, and Najm Hosain Syed by situating them in the context .....

Sharif Kunjahi – Serving his language

IN a short span of less than one year, the Punjabi language has lost some of its brightest stars: Amrita Pritam, Munir Niazi and now Sharif Kunjahi.As a poet, prose writer, teacher, research scholar, linguist, lexicographer and translator, Sharif Kunjahi served the Punjabi language with....

Amrita Pritam - A Restless Cloud

Amrita Pritam, the eminent Punjabi poetess, novelist and short story writer and an outstanding literary figure of South Asia, passed away quietly in her sleep at her residence, 25 Hauz Khas, New Delhi, during the afternoon of October 31, 2005. With her demise, a golden era of Punjabi ....

Punjabi books in 2005:

Muzaffar Ghaffar is a remarkable person. For the last 15 years, under the Lahore Art Forum, he has been bringing together writers, poets, scientists, musicians and painters to speak, perform and demonstrate. The forum, almost a one-man ......

Status of Punjabi in Pakistan

Punjabi is the mother tongue of the majority of people in Pakistan.  According to 1981 census, the last census for which the figures are available, Punjabi (including Saraiki, Hindko and other variations) is the “commonly spoken in the household” language for 60.43 per .........

Shiv Kumar Batalvi (1936-1973)

The life and poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi - the most popular modern Punjabi poet and the youngest recipient of Shahitya Academy Award in 1967 - has been the subject of a large number of books and magazine articles, mostly written in Punjabi. Yet, a reliable and coherent study of his...

A FEW WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

The Punjabi literature produced on both sides of the Punjab border since partition is surprisingly equally robust and of a matching and complementary high quality. This is in spite of the fact that there is no official recognition for the Punjabi.....

A Dream Year -Punjabi Literature in 2004

2004 was certainly a dream year, if not a dream come true, for Punjabi writers and activists. After neglecting Punjabi language for more than 57 years since partition, Punjab's government not only displayed a lot of interest in the language and cultural heritage of Punjab, but also began......

A literary treasure of epic import

Bulleh Shah (1680-1758) and Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) shared the same time and space - eighteenth century Northern India - and were amongst the major poets of their respective languages. They had both lived during the time just before the.....

With a Sense of Nationalism

December 9, 1913 marks the date when the first Punjabi publication made its debut in North America. That day the Ghadar Party in California, newly formed by the Indian students at Berkeley and Punjabi farmers in the Bay area, began publishing the Punjabi edition of Hindustan Ghadar from....

Shiv Kumar Batalvi (1936-1973)

Lyrical sweetness - the magic touchstone of poetry - found a permanent home in Punjabi poetry more than a millennium ago. While Baba Farid (1173-1266) wrote most of his Punjabi poetry in the melodious two-line metre of dohras,....

Why Punjabi should be the Medium of Education

APNA firmly believes that the medium of education in West Punjab's government schools must be immediatly changed from Urdu to Punjabi. Here are some of the reasons why have we come to this conclusion:1. We believe that Punjabi is among the most viable languages....

Article: Another year of progress:

2002 was another year of continued progress for Punjabi language and literature. While in Pakistan, the large number of Punjabi writers, activists, research scholars and various forms of publications have clearly reached a critical mass , the quality and quantity of Punjabi literature produced in Indian....