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English translation by T C Ghai of Paash poetry
The book is published by Pash Memorial International Trust. Prof. T.C. Ghai (Born 1937) retired from one of the Colleges of Delhi University in 2002. He has published two short novels and a Hindi translation of his short stories, Adamboo, originally written in English. He has translated a Punjabi poet, late Dr. Puran Singh Kanwar’s collection of poems, Rattan Di Rut (1984), into Hindi in 2000 and English in 2006.
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(Talwandi Salem):- Ambedkartimes.com congratulates Prof. T.C. Ghai for his great efforts in translating entire poetry of Avtar Pash, one of the pioneer revolutionary Punjabi poets who in his very young age became a house-hold name not only in his home state but also in the entire India. In addition, he is equally popular among the wide Punjabi Diasporas. Prof. Ghai’s translation (Pash: A Poet of Impossible Dreams) was released at the Martyrdom day remembrance ceremony at Pash’s native village (Talwandi Salem). At the ceremony, Prof. Ghai dedicated his book to Bha Ji Gursharn, a noted revolutionary activist in the domain of theatre art in the region. Among other recipients of the book at the ceremony were Prof. K.K. Pathak, Dr. Ronki Ram, Prof Tarsem Sagar, Sh. Sant Sandhu and Amolak Singh. The book is published by Pash Memorial International Trust. Prof. T.C. Ghai (Born 1937) retired from one of the Colleges of Delhi University in 2002. He has published two short novels and a Hindi translation of his short stories, Adamboo, originally written in English. He has translated a Punjabi poet, late Dr. Puran Singh Kanwar’s collection of poems, Rattan Di Rut (1984), into Hindi in 2000 and English in 2006.
While speaking at Martyrdom day remembrance ceremony at Pash’ village, Prof Ghai said that “in the premature violent death of Pash the Punjabi poetry has perhaps missed its own Pablo Neruda, or may be someone even greater”. Dr. Ronki Ram said that in contemporary times, the poetry of Pash has become rather more relevant and crucial in dealing with general myopia of free market economy led consumerism, and electronic media’s persistent campaign for festivities and glamour! Amolak Singh reiterated on the need for pro-people policies which he lamented are nowhere to be seen in the present regime at the state and centre level. On the occasion different theater groups staged revolutionary plays including the famous play Aeh Lahoo Kis da Hai by Bha Ji Gursharn theater group.
Posted on March 24, 2010
Mutiny in verse
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, March 23, 2010
History has rarely given a chance to a poet to be called a martyr. But Avtar Singh Sandhu, popularly known as Paash, is one such martyr.
Spewing revolt through his poetry, which later marked the qualitative shift in the entire paradigm of Punjabi poetry, the legendary poet was killed by militants at the age of 38 on this day in 1988.
Quite taken in by the wave of Naxalite movement of the late sixties, Paash was one among those writers who impulsively transformed the realm of Punjabi literature and gave it a violent and radical hue.
“Like many other poets, he also highlighted subjugation of masses in his poems. But what makes him different is that he himself took part in people’s struggles. Due to his participation in those struggles and agitations, he was put in jail and falsely implicated in a murder case. Before writing, he himself experienced the tools of state oppression on his body and mind,” said his friend and poet Mindherpal Bhathal.
Paash wrote his first book “Loh Katha” at the age of 19, second at the age of 23 and third in his late twenties. “Loh Katha” was merely considered as “bunch of slogans” in literary circles.
However, his second book “Uddeyaan Bazaan Magar” marked his formal entry, along with his entirely different style, in the Punjabi literati. Most of the poems published in this book were written while he was in jail.
His third book “Sade Samiyaan Vich”, published in 1978, includes most of his classical poems.
Though this book established him as a poet-cum-philosopher-cum-critique of rare intellect, poems in this book clearly reflected the melancholic taste of the worldwide drowning of the left movement.
Later, after his death, the Paash Memorial International Trust in the book “Khilre Hoye Varke” compiled his unpublished work.
The beauty of his verses is that they can talk about both the rising prices of foodgrains and the beautiful eyes of a village girl in one line.
He talked of peasants, labourers, policemen, girl friends, childhood friends, village commonplace, pet animals and even the fragrance of flowers in his poems.
The martyrdom day of Paash, incidentally coincides with the day on which Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death in Lahore Central Jail in 1931. He was killed amid the same mustard flowers which he used as icons in one of his poem for his beloved.