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Kartar Singh Duggal, Indian writer, died he was 94.

Kartar Singh Duggalwas an Indian writer who wrote in Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, and English s 94.
His works include short stories, novels, dramas and plays. His works
have been translated into Indian and foreign languages. He has served as
Director, All India Radio.

(1 March 1917 – 26 January 2012) 

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 1988.[3] In 2007, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour given by Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.[2][4]

Early life and education

He was born in Dhamal, Rawalpindi District, (now in Pakistan)
to Mr. Jiwan Singh Duggal and Mrs. Satwant Kaur. He is married to
Ayesha Duggal (formerly Ayesha Jaffri), a medical doctor. He received
his M.A. Honours in English at Forman Christian College, Lahore.


Duggal started his professional career with All India Radio
(AIR). He worked there from 1942–66 in various jobs including Station
Director. For the AIR, he wrote and produced programmes in Punjabi and
other languages. In addition, he authored a large number of plays and
dramas. He was the Secretary/Director, National Book Trust, India from 1966–73. From 1973 to 1976, he served as an Information Advisor at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Planning Commission).[5]
He has founded many institutions, including:

  • Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation
  • Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
  • Zakir Husain Educational Foundation

Duggal had been a member of many literary and cultural centres including being the President of Punjabi Sahitya Sabha (Punjabi Literary Society), Delhi. He was nominated Fellow of the Punjabi University in 1984. He was also honoured with nomination to the Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament Upper House) in August, 1997.
He died on 26 January 2012 after a brief illness.[6]


Duggal has authored twenty four collections of short stories, ten novels, seven plays, seven works of literary criticism,
two poetry collections and an autobiography. Many of his books have
been adopted by various universities for graduate studies. Among his
works are:

Short stories

  • Birth of a Song (in English)
  • Come Back My Master (in English)
  • Dangar (Animal)
  • Ikk Chhit Chananh Di (One Drop of Light)
  • Nawan Ghar (New House)
  • Sonar Bangla (Golden Bungalow)
  • Tarkalan Vele (In the Evening)


  • Veehveen Sadi te Hor Kavitaavaan (Twentieth Century and Other Poems)
  • Kandhe Kandhe (Shore Shore)


  • Sarad Poonam Ki Raat (A Cold Full Moon Night)
  • Tere Bhanhe (Your Wishes)

Other works


Kartar Singh Duggal has been bestowed by many awards throughout his career, including:

  • Padma Bhushan
  • Sahitya Akademi Award
  • Ghalib Award
  • Soviet Land Award
  • Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award
  • Bhai Mohan Singh Vaid Award
  • Bhartiya Bhasa Parishad Award
  • Punjabi Writer of the Millennium, Award of Government of Punjab
  • Bhai Vir Singh Award (1989) presented by the Vice-President of India for outstanding literary contribution
  • Praman Patra (1993) presented by the Chief Minister of Punjab for outstanding contribution to Punjabi literature
  • Sahir Award (1998)by Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy) Ludhiana, India

He is well travelled. He has visited Bulgaria, North Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, the UK and U.S.A.. He resided in New Delhi after retirement and spent his time reading.
The Library of Congress has 118 of his works.[1]

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