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‘Pash’s poetry continues to inspire revolutionary movements today’: La Tribune India


Tribune press service

Jalanhdar, September 19

The Pash Yadgaari Sahitak Samagam was organized in memory of the revolutionary poet Avtar Singh Pash. It took place today at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall in Jalandhar. The event was marked by a conference on the struggle of the peasants and the role played by revolutionary poetry.

Keynote speaker Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, Committee Secretary General Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Gurmeet Singh, Punjab President Lok Sabhyacharak Manch (PLSE Manch) Amolak Singh, Principal Administrator Surinder Kuamri Kochar were among others present on the occasion.

The event began by paying tribute to the more than 620 farmers who lost their lives during the farmers’ continued struggle. Dharminder Masani and Nargis, an artist from Manavta Kala Manch, Nagar, presented on this occasion nazms, bolis and ghazals. Sukhdev Singh Sirsa said the state’s poetic revolutionary traditions once again found frontal space during Andolan Kisan.

“Poetry is not the stronghold of a few scholars. Poetry of Bars (a reference to pre-partition peasant revolutions such as Nilibar); the poetry against colonization (or Bastiwaad), the poetry of the Pagri Sambhal Jatta movement and the poetry written and written by struggling writers were written in the midst of ideological struggles and battles, ”he said.

Sirsa said the poetry is a witness to the Punjab’s repeated cultural conflicts and is contextual even in the present day.

He also said that the current agricultural conflicts were more of a continuation of previous peasant conflicts observed in the state. He said writers such as Professor Mohan Singh, Bawa Balwant, Pash, Udasi, Gurdas Ram Alam, Lal Singh Dil, defined the story of revolutionary poetry. The book ‘Pash Diary and Letters’ edited by Amolak Singh was published by Dr Sirsa on this occasion. Sirsa was honored with Gursharan Singh Smriti Granth.

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