Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Amrita Pritam passes away

Noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam has passed away in Delhi this afternoon. Recipient of the Padma Shri and a former Rajya Sabha member, Pritam was the author of Pinjar (available as The Skeleton in Khushwant Singh's translation), a hard-hitting Partition story that was recently made into a film starring Urmila Matondkar.

The Little Magazine has two of her stories online:

Wild Flower
Sahiban in exile

This tragic news comes within a week of the demise of noted Hindi litterateur Nirmal Verma.

1 comment:

Anamika said...

oh what a story! wildflower. these writer of yesteryears were feminists in their own right. not the breast thumping variety but a silent revolution nevertheless. a subtle way of saying it and making an impact. thanks for the links.....