Giani Gurdit Singh


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About the Author

Name: Giani Gurdit Singh
February 24, 1923-Jauary 17, 2006


Did Giani in 1945 from Panjab University, Lahore.


Literature, history, folklore and divinity.


> He started and edited Parkash, a daily Punjabi newspaper from Patiala in 1947. It was the premier Punjabi daily newspaper of PEPSU, and continued as a daily till 1961. It was subsequently published as a weekly till 1978.
> Started and edited a monthly literary magazine, Jiwan Sandesh in 1953.
> Started and edited the monthly Singh Sabha Patrika, which was published from Amritsar, Delhi and Chandigarh. This magazine made singular contribution to studies of Sikh history and divinity from 1973-1988.

Published books:
> Edited 50 books, with introductory essays, for the SGPC in connection with tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa.
> 1995 Mera Pind (My Village), a substantially modified and enlarged edition with five new chapters)
> 1990 Ithas Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagat Bani Bhag (History of Sri Guru Granth Sahib)
> 1987 Punjabi Jiwan te Sabhyachar (Punjabi Life and Culture)
> 1971 Punjab Dian Lok Kahanian (Folk Tales of Punjab, in three volumes, running into 834 pages)
> 1967 Mera Pind da Jiwan (Life of my Village)
> 1965 Takhat Damdam Sahib (a research report)
> 1961 Bhat te Unhan di Rachna (Bhats and their creation)
> 1961 Mera Pind (My Village)
> 1960 Tith Tihar (Functions & Festivals)
> 1960 Reetan te Rewaj
> 1960 Mere Pind di Rup Rekha (Facets of my Village)
> 1960 Viah Dian Rasma (Customs of Marriage)
> 1955 Achchoh Sikhran (Unattainable Paradigms, a collection of poems)
> 1954 Bhavan de Desh (Emotional Missives, a collection of poems)
> 1950 Amarnama (edited)
> 1945 Raag Mala di Asliat (The reality of Raag Mala)
> 19 -- Nawan Punjab
> Anandpur Sahib di Sahit nu Dein (The Contribution of Anandpur Sahib to Literature)
Biographical sketches:
> Giani Ditt Singh
> Principal Teja Singh
> Dr M. S. Randhawa
> Bawa Harkishan Singh

Nanak Singh Novelist

> Sardar Hukam Singh
> Sardar Gian Singh Rarewala
> Bhai Sahib Ardaman Singh Bagrian
> Sant Harchand Singh Longowal
> Giani Gurbachan Singh Khalsa
> Bhai Randhir Singh
> Jwala Singh Ragi
> Bhai Hira Singh Ragi
> Sant Gurmukh Singh
> Raja Rasalu
> Maharaja Ashok
> Kikkar Singh Pahelwan
> Bhai Lalo
> Bhai Rup Chand
> Offered a job as research scholar by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in 1946, but the offer was politely declined.
> Appointed Secretary of Dharam Arth Board, PEPSU, 1948.
> Member Legislative Council, Punjab 1956-1962
> Founder President, Sahitya Sabha, Chandigarh 1956
> Honorary Fellow, Punjabi University, Patiala, 1970
> Honorary General Secretary, Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha Shatabdi Committee 1973-1983
> President, Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha Shatabdi Committee, 1984-2003
> Founder , Sri Guru Granth Vidya Kendra, Andheria Mor, Mehrauli, Delhi.
> Founder, Sri Guru Granth Vidya Kendra, Sector 28-A, Chandigarh
> President, Kendri Singh Sabha Academy, Chandigarh.
> Member, Senate, Punjabi University, Patiala
> Member, Dharam Prachar Committee, SGPC, Amritsar.
> Honoured by Chief Khalsa Diwan, Amritsar at the Centenary Celebrations. 2003
> Given S. Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Award by Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, Ludhiana, 2000
> Honoured by Punjabi Sath Lambra, Jallandhar, 1999
> Honoured by Punjabi University, Patiala, 1998
> Honoured by Raghbir Singh Memorial Trust, Calcutta
> Honoured by Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, 1997
> Honoured and designated Gurmat Acharya by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, Amritsar in 1991
> Honoured by Gurdwara Woolwich, UK, 1991.
> International Punjabi Sahit Sabha, UK, 1991
> Honoured by Sikh Cultural Society, New York, where his book Ithas Guru Granth Sahib, was released in 1990
> UNESCO prize for Punjabi Literature for the book Mera Pind da Jiwan in 1967
> UNESCO prize for Punjabi Literature for the book Tith Tihar in 1960
> Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Puraskar, Languages Department, Punjab, 2006.
> Godrej No. 1 Doordarshan Panj Pani Sanman 2005 for contribution to the Punjabi heritage and culture by Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar.