National Award for translation to Dr Chaman Lal
Punjabi University faculty head gets award
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 20
Dr Chaman Lal, Head of Hindi Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, is among 20 persons honoured by the Sahitya Akademi. Apart from this, four persons have been honoured with the ‘Bhasha Samman’.
Dr Lal has earned the recognition for translating a collection of slain Punjabi poet Paash’s poems into Hindi. The award carries Rs 15,000 and a plaque.
Punjabi poet Paash known for his revolutionary poems was killed by militants on March 23, 1988, in his village Talwani Salen, near Jalandhar, at the age of 38. Dr Lal is looking forward to the release of a collection of 200 translated verses of Paash on the poet’s birth anniversary on September 15.
Speaking at the awardees’ function at the Sahitya Akademi hall here on Tuesday, Dr Lal said when Paash was killed on Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day for “ideas dear to his heart, he decided to tell the militants that they by killing people could not kill ideas. Within a month of Paash’s killing, Dr Lal translated some of his poems into Hindi and published them in PEHL, a literary journal from Jabalpur.
Dr Lal has also been selected by the Central Hindi Directorate for the national award for his translated book ‘Kabhi Nahi Socha Tha.’
(As reported in The Tribune of 21-08-2002)