Google has honoured Amrita Pritam’s 100th birthday with a doodle. Considered one of history’s most prominent woman Punjabi writers, Amrita Pritam was born in British India on 31 August 1919.
The Google was based on her autobiography ‘Kala Gulab‘, means ‘Black Rose’ which revealed many incidents about her personal life that acted as a catalyst to help women speak more openly about their experiences with love and marriage.
Amrita Pritam is most noted for her poem titled “Ajj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu,” (Today I Invoke Waris Shah), addressing Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah in which she narrates the tragedy of the partition of India-Pakistan.
Her famous novel “Pinjar”, written in 1950, discussed the pathetic condition of women during the Partition. The movie was screen adapted to Hindi with the same title which won the National award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 2004.
In 1956 she became the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for her long poem, ‘Sunehade’ (Messages). In 1981, she had received the Bharatiya Jnanpith for the novel ‘Kagaz Te Canvas‘ (The Paper and the Canvas), in 1981. In 1969, she was awarded the Padma Shri and in 2004 the Padma Vibhushan. In 2005 itself, a French translation of her novel, The Skeleton, was awarded the La Route des Indes Literary Prize.