Punjabi Author Dr. Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Moves On


Author of ‘Jungle de Ful’, Dr. US Dhaliwal passed away today. Following is a message sent earlier this morning by his son, Artist Kanwal Dhaliwal, to his friends:

‘Just wish to share my grief over the passing away of my father (Dr US Dhaliwal) today. He was suffering from multiple symptoms of Dementia and Parkinson. His personality had played a significant role in shaping my cultural conscious. He was 78. As per his desires there will be no last rites. He had donated his body to a local medical college and hospital for medical research purposes.’

Last year, Kanwal had initiated publication of ‘Jungle de Ful’, the collected works of Dr. US Dhaliwal, and had created a beautiful book cover to house them.


‘My father’ Kanwal Dhaliwal wrote on Nov 3/08, ‘is a veteran writer of Punjabi satire. I have recently got his book published (Jungle De Ful) I designed the title cover and used one of my paintings on it.

‘The book not only contains satire but many other styles he has written in, which includes historical references, political commentary, reformative ideology (almost Utopian), autobiographical notes etc…

‘My aim to get this book published was simply to save his work, which he doesn’t consider any good ! He is now 77 and has developed symptoms of Parkinson! He has been regularly published in the Preetlarhi of Gurbax Singh in the 70s.’

View Ujagar Singh’s portrait by Kanwal at Uddari Art ‘People Punjab: Portraits and Groups’

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Isa Vandi’s Film, Roop Dhillon’s Intro, Artists page: Uddari 07/08

Isa Vandi is a brave and creative woman who suffered traumas at the hands of the Islamicist regime in Iran where many years back, her sister was stoned to death. Vandi now has her own studio and gallery in Sweden. Her Farsi film ‘Ruqs, Zer-e-Parcha-e-Sufaid‘ (Dance, Below White Sheets) gives voice and courage to the survivors of political oppression. View it in Vancouver, July 17. More information on Cultural Events page.

British Punjabi author Roop Dhillon’s introduction is now at Punjabi MaaNboli Writers page. Dhillon has written a novel titled ‘Neela Noor’ in a Punjabi that sways more to an ‘ex-patriot’ expression of itself giving rise to controversy over the usage. View author intro here: Roop Dhillon

Uddari Art Exhibition now has an Artists page with short introductions to Kanwal Dhaliwal, Prem Singh and SL Prasher.

There is wonderful feedback on the Survey to find Ten Best Punjabi Books. Raj Paul Singh of People’s Forum Punjabi says this in his email message: “Thanks for showing keen interest in the survey of best Punjabi books and putting appeal for this survey on your weblog. Responses to this survey have started pouring in. We will share the outcome of this survey with you.”
If you haven’t done it yet, here it is.
Info on the Survey to find Ten Best Punjabi Books:
Do it Online
Or By Email

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Survey to Find Ten Best Punjabi Books

The Survey is now online:
Ten Best Punjabi Books

For details about the Survey scroll down to the previous post or click below:
Punjabi Survey

Punjabi Survey, Prem Singh’s Art, Mashoo’s Poems: Uddari 07/08

There is an urgent request for a short survey from readers and writers of Punjabi to determine ten best Punjabi books.

In other words, list your favorites.

“Top Ten Punjabi Books
“We, People’s Forum Punjabi (Regd), are doing a survey of Punjabi books – both the original and translated works in Punjabi – in order to prepare a reading list for the new generation readers.

“We’d like to know the following:
Which are your most favorite five books?
What other five books would you suggest for the new generation to read?

“We hope that you’ll email us the list within 15 days.”
Email adresses:
Raj Paul Singh (Kotkapura 98767 10809) at rajpaulsingh@gmail.com or call:
K. Bargari at kbargari@hotmail.com

To facilitate and support this effort, this survey will be online at Uddari soon.

(Note: The link for online survey: Ten Best Punjabi Books

We have a new poet at Punjabi Poems page. Read ‘SadrAN de Peeng‘ and ‘Lamba Painda‘ by UK-based Mashoo, in Roman.

View Patiala-born Artist Prem Singh’s oil painting ‘Whispering Trees‘ at Uddari Art Exhibition, and wait for more of his work this week. Also worth viewing is a set of erotic drawings by Prem Singh, now offered by the website of British Museum of Erotic Art.

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