Ludhiana- For his contribution towards Punjabi language and culture, Punjabi Sahit Akademi will be given fellowship to the famous Punjabi writer Professor Gurbhajan Singh Gill. This fellowship will be honored on March 11 am at Punjab Bhawan, Ludhiana on March 14, 2018. On this occasion, the former Union Minister Dr. Manohar Singh Gill will be the chief guest. It is pertinent to mention that former Prof Gill was awarded fellowship by the Punjabi University, Patiala for a project called “Kheti-Bari Lok Dhara”, which has been related to the Agricultural Folklore and Shiromani Sahitkar Award by the Punjab Government.
Thanking the Punjabi Sahit Academy for this prestigious honor, Prof. Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that he has worked wholeheartedly to promote Punjabi language and culture on the whole platform, whether national or international. He said that he is thankful to the Punjabi Sahitya Academy for honoring him with such a prestigious honour. Prof. Gurbhajan Gill served PAU, Ludhiana for more than three decades and former President of Punjabi Sahitya Academy Ludhiana and Bassian Kothi, President of Maharaja Dalip Singh Memorial Trust.
Apart from several national and international awards, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill has 16 books on Punjabi poetry to his credit, which includes Gulnaar, Sheesha Jhooth Bolda Hai, Har Dhukhda Pind Mera Hai, Bol Mitti Daya Baweya, Agan Katha, Khair Panja Paaniya Di, Dharti Naad, Phullan Di Jhanjhar, Paardarshi, Mor Pankh, Mann Tandoor, Camera Di Akh Boldi, Surkh Samundar, Do Harf Raseedi, Mann De Boohe Baariya and Tareya Nal Galla Kardeya. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill was born at Basantkot (near Batala) in 1953. He received his graduate and postgraduate degrees at GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana and SCD Government College, Ludhiana respectively. He served for some time as a Lecturer in Punjabi at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and LRM College (now DAV College) Jagraon. Since 1983 he worked as Editor (Punjabi) at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He has written nazams, ghazals, and geets with equal ease.
The awards he has received so far include Bhai Vir Singh Award (1979), Shiv Kumar Batalvi Award (1992), Bawa Balwant Award (1998), Prof. Puran Singh Award (2002), Giani Sunder Singh Award (2002), S.S. Misha Award (2002), Safdar Hashmi Literary Award (2003), Principal Sant Singh Sekhon Memorial Gold Medal (2003), Surjit Rampuri Award (2005), Balvinder Rishi Memorial Ghazal Award (2005), to name a few.