Paash emerges poster boy

Paash emerges poster boy

Puneet Pal Singh Gill (Tribune News Service)

Bathinda, December 9

Would you like to buy a poster of Avtar Singh Sandhu? I suppose not? But what about Paash? Of course yes! But few people know that Paash’s real name was Avtar Singh Sandhu. Can anyone believe that in the posters of the likes of Shahrukh Khans and Sachin Tendulkars to Dhonis and dashing cars, pasted on the walls of rooms of people, might get replaced by those of Paash, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Surjit Patar and Gurdas Mann. Why not?
The Peoples Forum, working in the Kotkapura-Jaito block has taken it as a challenge by getting posters of the above mentioned poets printed and selling at almost all book fairs and other cultural festivals held all across the state.
At the Bathinda Book Fair-2007, posters of progressive Punjabi poet Paash were sold even more than those of Gurdas Mann. A total of 500 posters were sold during the fair, out of which 200 of Paash alone were sold.
Paash’s poster bears his poem, “Sab toan khatarnaak hunda hai, murda shanti nal mar jaana. Na hona tarap da, sab sehan kari jaana. Gharaan toan nikalna kamm te, te kamm toan ghar jaana. Sab toan khatarnaak hunda hai, saade supneya da mar jaana.’’
Khushwant Singh Bargaari, president, Peoples Forum said, “It was in June this year that we got 1,000 posters of each of these five poets from Punjab. But all of them have been sold now. Whenever we get some funds, new posters will also be printed.’’ “All we want is that people, who have done something for the betterment of the Punjabi literature as a whole, should be promoted,’’ Bargari informed.

( The Tribune dated 10-12-2007 )


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