Lal Singh Dil



Lal Singh Dil-Samrala 1993. Photo by Amarjit Chandan
Lal Singh Dil-Samrala 1993. Photo by Amarjit Chandan

                      11-04-1943 to 14-08-2007


    A film by Ajay Bharadwaj
    72 minutes, Punjabi
    with English subtitles.
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  • Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall Meet) by Ajay Bhardwaj (India/ 2005/ 72 min)Travel to the heart of Punjab. Enter a world of Sufi shrines worshipped and looked after by Dalits. Listen to B.S. Balli Qawwal Paslewale, the first generation Dalit Qawwals born out of this tradition. Join a fascinating dialogue with Lal Singh Dil – a radical poet, a Dalit, converted to Islam. Meet the last living legend of the Gadar movement, Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga, who contests the subversion of a common past, while affirming a new consciousness among Dalits, within and beyond Punjab. “Kitte Mil Ve Mahi” is people’s narrative of the little-known cultural/spiritual universe of Punjab.
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  • Lal Singh Dil hospitalised as reported in Indian Express at
  • Dil was heart of Punjabi poetry -an article in Indian Express on Lal Singh Dil’s death
  • HOMAGE TO PUNJABI POET LAL SINGH DIL BRINGS OUT THE POWER OF LITERATURE TO EXPOSE DISCRIMINATION AND OPPRESSION. By INDIRA PRAHST, Instructor of Race and Ethnic Relations, Department of Sociology, Langara College, Vancouver. The Voice – Vancouver, August 25, 2007. “Also present at the event, as the only non-South Asian, was conference participant Dr. Karin Doerr, Concordia University, Montreal. She was called upon to be part of the award presentation. Her work as researcher and educator is connected to injustice, revolving around the issues of extreme discrimination and genocide as they occurred during World War II in Germany and examines its manifestations in language and literature. Of special concern to her is the plight of women in struggles and conflicts because it often gets neglected. She said her visit and interactions within the South Asian community and its literature was a learning experience as she enhanced her knowledge about the injustice experienced by the Dalits and the widows in the Delhi colonies following the Sikh massacre of 1984. This, she feels, needs to be shared and exposed more to promote general awareness.”
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  • Lal  Singh Dil’s 3 poems translated into English by Nirupama Dutt at
  • Poetry award-Moga: The third Gurdev Singh Birha award for 1998 will be conferred on the Punjabi poet Lal Singh Dil for his book `Nag Lok and Dastan,’ an autobiography. The award carries cash of Rs 5,000, a memento and a shawl. Noted Punjabi satirist and award committee convener K.L. Garg, announced the award here today. He said the award-giving ceremony will be held at Ludhiana in the last week of this month. Dil had been an active Naxalite poet during the movement in the state. He had written outstanding poetry of standardised idioms and diction and had given a new dimension to Punjabi poetry. He also stressed on the class struggle and casteism in the state by writing about the downtrodden and poor.
  • PUNJABI POET: Noted Punjabi poet Mr Lal Singh Dil will be honoured by the New Lekhak Manch, Rara Sahib, with the colaboration of Sihora village panchayat and Naujawan Sabha at the village public library on May 12, according to Dr Gulzar Mohamad Goria, General Secretary of the Punjabi Lekhak Manch, Samrala. The function will be presided over by Dr Tarsem, General Secretary of the Kendri Punjabi Lakhak Sabha. Dr Gulzar Pandher, Prof Raman and Dr Gulzar Mohd Goria will present their papers on the literary contribution of Mr Dil.
  • SAMRALA-POET HONOURED: Noted poet Lal Singh Dil was honoured by Gram Panchayat, Sohora, near here, on Sunday evening(12-05-2001), with the collaboration of Naujawan Sabha and Nav Lekhak Manch Rara Sahib. The function was presided over by Jarnail Singh Sarpanch, Darshan Singh Kuhli and Paramjit Singh Sihora. Dr Gulzar Mohammed Goria presented a paper regarding the poet’s personality and poetry. Dr Gulzar Pandher, Mr Sukhwinder Rampuri, Narinder Gill, Krishan Bhanot and various other prominent poets expressed their views regarding Dil’s contribution to the Punjabi poetry. A poetic recitation was also held on this occasion.
  • Sardar Kartar Singh Memorial Award to Lal Singh Dil –   Ludhiana, December 15,2003-The Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana will honour Mr Santokh Singh Dhir, Punjabi poet, short story writer and a novelist and seven other Punjab writers with Sardar Kartar Singh Memorial Award. One lakh in cash, citation and memento in the form of Mr Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award will be presented to the best writer Mr Santokh Singh Dhir. Giving this information, Dr Surjit Pattar, President, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana senior vice-president Mr Gurbhajan Gill and general secretary, Prof. Ravinder Bhathal said that language philologist, Dr Harkirat Singh, Patiala critic and poet Dr Sutinder Singh Noor, New Delhi, lyricists Janab Deepak Jatoi, a poetess Kuldip Kalpana, Amritsar, story writer and novelist Mr Manmohan Bawa, Dalhousie and a progressive poet Mr Lal Singh Dil, Samrala, were among those awarded the award. These six awards carry Rs 21,000 each. Punjabi Sahit Akademi has started Mr Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Genius Punjabi Writer Award for the Punjabi writers less than 40 years of age this award was being given to a famous dramatist Prof Pali Bhupinder, D.M. College, Moga, this year which includes a citation and a memento along with Rs 11,000 in cash.
  • Kaumantari Lekhak Manch fellowship to Lal Singh Dil—Awards: Kaumantri Lekhak Manch (KLM) has announced this year’s awards for Punjabi writers and poets. Mr Surjit Jaj, general secretary of the manch, on Sunday, said these awards would be presented at KLM’s annual “Sanman Samaroh” to be held at Kamla Nehru College for Women on March 11. “Bapu Jagir Singh Kamboj Memorial Award” would be given to Dr Swarajbir, “Dr Kesar Singh Kesar Memorial Award” to Dr T.R. Vinod, “Balwinder Rishi Memorial Award” to Mr Jaswinder, “KLM Fellowship” to Mr Lal Singh Dil. Mr Jagwinder Jodha would be awarded “Nav-Hastakhar Purskar”. A kavi darbar would also be held.
  • Dil Se
    Punjabi poet Lal Singh Dil likes to talk of his struggles but there is no room for negative emotions 
    Gayatri Rajwade      

The evening wears its familiar coloursThe foothpaths are walking to the basti
The lake is returning from the office
after being shunted out of work
The lake is quenching its thirst for water
The city is walking towards the villages
Someone has lost all his wages
Another is wiping with his dhoti the
blood off the whip-marks
on weak animals
The evening wears its familiar colours…
They are walking away from land
That belongs to another
carrying their straw baskets
The long caravan is moving on
carrying the burden of rebukes
Along the long shadows
children are riding donkeys
Their fathers have dogs in their arms
Pans hang on the backs of their mothers
Babies are sleeping in these pans
The long caravan is moving on
On their shoulders are the bamboos of their shacks
Who are these Aryans, so starved?
Which India’s land are they


going to conquer?


The young men love the dogs

They know not how to love palaces?

Long starved, they are leaving the

land that belongs to another

The long caravan is moving on

What do they know?

How many are tied to posts

How many burned alive at the stake

Those who cannot leave the basti

The shadows of the basti trees move on

Someone is holding the legs of tired animals

Of tired loves

The long caravan is moving on

The brave tillers of the land walk away

With the burden of shovels on their shoulders

On the wild paths

The love of the fields was murdered last night

Flames rose from the shacks last night

The caravan moves on.




When the labourer woman

Roasts her heart on the tawa

The moon laughs from behind the tree

The father amuses the younger one

Making music with bowl and plate

The older one tinkles the bells

Tied to his waist

And he dances

These songs do not die

Nor either the dance in the heart…

  • LAL SINGH DIL MEMORIAL FORUM —–A manch under the name and style of Lal Singh Dil Yaadgiri manch, has been formed by prominent citizens, writers, intellectuals to build a symbol of remembrance in the memory of Swargi Lal Singh Dill, a noted Punjabi writer, who died on August 14. N.K. Sharma will be the president, Ashwani Bhardwaj as VP, Jagdeesh Neelon general secretary, B.L. Saddi as finance secretary and Sangat Singh Sekhon will be the press secretary.

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  •  Lal Singh Dil-Samikhya ate Sidhant- book of criticism by Dr S. Tarsem

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