Tera Singh Chan passed away
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Sahit Sabha fellowship for Tera Singh Chan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 24, 2003
Honouring Tera Singh Chan is like honouring the spirit of the Punjabi literature itself. So when the Delhi Sahit Sabha today conferred its lifetime fellowship on this great Punjabi writer, the entire fraternity of Punjabi writers was present at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 to celebrate his achievement. The fellowship carries a monthly honorarium of Rs 2,500, a memento and a shawl.
On his part, the octogenarian writer, credited with taking Punjabi opera to great heights, kept his humility as always. He let the others do the talking, including writers Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Mohan Bhandari, Kana Singh, Jasbir Singh Bhullar, Devinder Daman, Santokh Singh Dhir and Dr Harcharan Singh.
In focus were the outstanding achievements of Tera Singh Chan who is especially known for structuring and staging operas. The most famous works which he has scripted in this genre include Lakkad Di Lat, which became the most famous. Phollan Da Saneha and Sanjha Veda, the other operas, are equally famous. The other work he is famous for is his book, Kaan Samay Da Boleya.
As the writers spoke on the life of Tera Singh Chan, another interesting aspect of his life came to light. He was the first among Punjabi playwrights to have brought the women to act in his plays. The legendary folk singer of Punjab Surinder Kaur, often played the lead in Tera Singh Chan’s works. Not just that, it was Tera Singh Chan who hosted the first ticketed show of Punjabi theatre at Amritsar.
Apart from being a very famous playwright, Tera Singh Chan is also famous as a poet. His collection of 400 poems is rated highly on the scale of literary acumen. Extremely active in the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), which he enriched with his contributions throughput his life, Tera Singh Chan is still working as vice-president of the IPTA. He has long been on the board of Kendriya Lekhak Sabha as general secretary.
However, his most glorious achievement has been his contribution in revival of interest in Punjabi theatre which was still in its fledgling state in the 1950s. It was Tera Singh Chan who took plays to rural Punjab and to the national fora at the same time.