Mohan Singh

Mohan Singh

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Mohan Singh was a noted Indian poet and one among the prominent names of Punjabi language, aside Amrita Pritham and Shiv Kumar Batalvi, whose works were equally appreciated across the borders. He was one of the pioneers of Punjabi literature, better known as ‘The father of modern Punjabi poetry’ and hailed as the greatest Punjabi poet of the 20th century. He along with Amrita Pritam and Shiv Kumar Batalvi are regarded as the magic trio of Punjabi poetry. He received Sahitya Akademi award in 1959 Wadda Vela. He has published a total of 10 poetry books and one Mahakavya. Other major works are Sanve Pattar, Kach Sach, Awazan, Boohe, Jai Mir, Nankayan, Kasumbhare, Wadda Vela, Jandre and Jindran. Professor Mohan Singh Memorial International Cultural Mela has been organized every year by Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation.


Mohan Singh was born in Mardan of present Pakistan. He spent the early years of his life at his ancestral village Dhamial. He obtained Master’s degree in Persian language. He started his professional career as a Lecturer in Persian, Urdu and Punjabi at Khalsa College, Amritsar in 1933. He developed friendship with Teja Singh, Sant Singh Sekhon and Gurbachan Singh 'Talib' during this time. In 1940, he joined as a lecturer in the Sikh National College, Lahore. But very soon he left the job to open Hind Publishers which published books in Punjabi literature. In 1939, he started his famous literary Punjabi monthly, Panj darya. After partition, he shifted his firm to Amritsar, Jullundar and finally closed it.


Mohan Singh wrote poetry on almost every aspect of Punjabi life and it’s very easy to find his characters around. His words are clear and reflect secular. He has translated a few of his works. His last days were spent in Ludhiana.

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Updated: March 28, 2014

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