Language Department, Punjab
Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award
Giani Gurdit Singh
A relentless champion of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat, Giani Gurdit Singh has created a unique identity for himself as a scholarly author, well-known journalist and editor and distinguished researcher in the fields of Punjab, Punjabi language, Punjabi literature, Punjabi folklore and Sikh religion.
He has painstakingly studied the old manuscripts, handwritten birs and other ancient works, and penned well-researched tomes such as Itihas Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Raagmala di asliat. His most distinguished book, Mera Pind, has the distinction of being one of the finest works of prose in Punjabi. In this literary masterpiece, he has beautifully portrayed the rural life, ethos and culture of Punjab. During his tenure as a member of the Punjab Legislative Council, he was instrumental in bringing forth resolutions which eventually paved the way for setting up of the erstwhile Punjabi Mehkama (now Languages Department), Punjabi University and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib. He has authored 19 literary biographies and numerous articles and essays on Punjabi language, Gurmukhi script and Sri Guru Granth Sahib and thus made a vast qualitative and quantitative contribution in the Punjabi literary spectrum. This contribution is really praiseworthy.
The Languages Department, Punjab, feels proud in honouring such a great and noteworthy personality with the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award.
Annual Awards Function
Bhasha Bhawan, Patiala
Mohan Ram Banga
Director, Languages Department, Punjab