Amrita Pritam: Who is the Punjabi poet Google Doodle is celebrating today?

She is best remembered for ‘Ajj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu’, a poem lamenting traumatic partition of India and Pakistan

Google has paid tribute to Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Ms Pritam, who was born in Gujranwala, British India, is best remembered for her poem “Ajj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu,” which lamented the traumatic partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

Widely considered to be the Punjabi poet of the 20th-century, Pritam published her first collection of verse at 16. She died in 2005.

She published 28 novels over her life, including Pinjar, a dramatic tale set during the time of partition which was adapted into a film in 2002.

Although known for her mastery of the Punjabi language, she lived in Pakistan after partition and wrote many books in Hindi and Urdu.

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