Amrita Pritam

1919 - 2005

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Amrita Pritam (listen ; 31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005) was an Indian novelist, essayist and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered the first prominent female Punjabi poet, novelist, essayist and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language, who is equally loved on both sides of the India–Pakistan border. With a career spanning over six decades, she produced over 100 books of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays, a collection of Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography that were all translated into several Indian and foreign languages.She is best remembered for her poignant poem, Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – "Ode to Waris Shah"), an elegy to the 18th-century Punjabi poet, an expression of her anguish over massacres during the partition of India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Amrita Pritam has received more than 1,571,461 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Amrita Pritam is the 2,579th most popular writer (up from 2,660th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Pakistan (up from 41st in 2019) and the 5th most popular Pakistani Writer.

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Among writers, Amrita Pritam ranks 2,579 out of 5,794Before her are Per Petterson, Isaac Deutscher, Juan Pablo Bonet, Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Winston Graham, and Tang Xianzu. After her are Alberic of Trois-Fontaines, Walter Pater, Giulio Angioni, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Gustave Kahn, and Luis Cernuda.

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Among people born in 1919, Amrita Pritam ranks 122Before her are Amir-Abbas Hoveyda, Hennes Weisweiler, José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, Red Buttons, Hyman Minsky, and Jean Lefebvre. After her are Vera Aceva, Vikram Sarabhai, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Paul de Man, G. E. M. Anscombe, and Lisa Della Casa. Among people deceased in 2005, Amrita Pritam ranks 112Before her are Alexander Gomelsky, Eduardo Paolozzi, Link Wray, Alain Bombard, Andrea Dworkin, and Jair da Rosa Pinto. After her are Sergio Endrigo, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Svatopluk Pluskal, Vasco Gonçalves, Piero Cappuccilli, and Melita Norwood.

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In Pakistan

Among people born in Pakistan, Amrita Pritam ranks 38 out of 158Before her are Gulzarilal Nanda (1898), Yahya Khan (1914), Ghulam Ishaq Khan (1915), Fariduddin Ganjshakar (1178), Rahman Baba (1632), and Firuz Shah Tughlaq (1309). After her are Arif Alvi (1949), Francis Younghusband (1863), Asif Ali Zardari (1955), Sunil Dutt (1929), Lokaksema (147), and Raja Dahir (663).

Among WRITERS In Pakistan

Among writers born in Pakistan, Amrita Pritam ranks 5Before her are Muhammad Iqbal (1877), Vasubandhu (400), Khushal Khattak (1613), and Rahman Baba (1632). After her are Krishna Sobti (1925), Tariq Ali (1943), Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911), Khushwant Singh (1915), Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi (1941), Mulk Raj Anand (1905), and Parveen Shakir (1952).