Chandigarh: Padamshree Gyan Peeth, Gurdial Singh passed away, on Tuesday. He started his literary career in 1957 with a short-story, Bhaganwale. He became popular as a novelist, when he published the novel Marhi Da Deeva in 1964. Two of his novels have been made into films including Marhi Da Deeva (1989) directed by Surinder Singh and Anhe Ghore Da Daan (2011) directed by Gurvinder Singh. After Amrita Pritam he is the second Punjabi writer to receive the Jnanpith Award.
He has received approximately 17 awards including the Jnanpith Award (in 1999), the Padma Shri (1998), the Shiromani Sahitkar Award, the Punjab Sahitya Akademi Award (1979), the Soviet Land Nehru Award (1986), the Bhai Veer Singh Fiction Award (1992).
Gurdial Singh was born on 10 January 1933, father Jagat Singh and mother Nihal Kaur, in the village of Bhaini Fateh (near Jaitu) in Punjab. He began working as a carpenter at the age of 12, a fact he revealed to the media in an interview after he received the Jnanpith Award in 2000.
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