Two Punjabi writers, long time Uddari supporters, and my dear friends Zubair Ahmad and Surjeet Kalsey are now being recognized for their valuable contributions to Punjabi language, culture and literature.
Zubair Ahmad has just received Masud Khaddarposh Trust award for his collection of short fiction ‘Kabootar, Baneray tay GalyaaN’. He is an enchanting poet turned fiction writer, and does very well with both. He has served Punjabi language and literature as an author, publisher, bookseller, community organizer, linguist, translator and teacher. Here’s his fb page:
Surjeet Kalsey has been selected for Writer’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program of University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies Department. Surjeet is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, editor, translator, community organizer and a women’s rights activist. She also runs a successful blog:
I am so lucky because both also have made contributions to my novel Skeena. Zubair worked with me as an editor for over six months to produce a publishable manuscript of the Punjabi (Shahmukhi) edition of the novel in 2006 in Lahore; and, Surjeet took over the responsibility of editing the Gurumukhi edition of Skeena in 2011 in Vancouver. Grateful to both for their knowledge, skills, time and caring.
While Zubair has already received his award in Lahore last week (April 19th), the ceremony for Surjeet will take place at 7:00 PM this Thursday May 1 at Center Stage in New Surrey Hall (13450 -104 Avenue, Surrey, BC).
See you there.