Amrita Pritam quotes and Biography 2022

Amrita Pritam was an Indian essayist, novelist and also a poet, who wrote in two languages, Punjabi and Hindi. She was born on 31st August 1919 and was born in  Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. She passed away on 31st October 2005 when she was eighty-six years of age in South Delhi, India.

She is a prominent person for Punjabi literature and is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in the year of 1956. Her works comprise over hundreds of books which include fiction, poetry, essays, a collection of Punjabi folk songs, an autobiography which was translated into quite a number of Indian & foreign languages and also other biographies.


Amrita Pritam has been well known and never would be forgotten for her poem Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu which means, Today I invoke Waris Shah-Ode to Waris Shah and it was an elegy to the Punjabi poet of the eighteenth century. It was an expressive poem which shows her anger regarding the massacres which happened during the partition of India. As a novelist, she was most noted for her work Pinjar aka The Skeleton n 1950 it was an epitome of violence against the women’s loss of humanity and ultimate surrender to existential fate and this very novel was made into an award-winning film Pinjar in the year of 2003.


Early life, Family and Relationship

Amrita Pritam’s birth name was Amrit Kaur and she was born in India which is currently Pakistan and she was the only of her parents. Her father was a school teacher and whereas her mother is a poet and a scholar of the Braj Bhasha language and also an editor of a literary journal.


Father: Raj Kaur

Mother: Kartar Singh Hitkari

Brothers: N/A

Sisters: N/A


Apart from all these, her father was a pracharak which means a preacher and he was preaching the Sikh faith. His mother passed away when she was a eleven years old. She soon after moved with her father to Lahore and lived there till 1947 when she migrated to India. She has adult responsibilities that she was having in her mind since her mother’s death and she started to write at a very young age.


Success and career

Amrita Pritam was the very first recipient of the Punjab Rattan Award which was given to her by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh during that period. Amrita was the first female recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in the year of 1956 for her Sunehadey which is a poetic diminutive of the Punjabi word, messages. She has also received the Bhartiya Jnanpith Award, which is India’s highest literary award in 1983  for her work of  Kagaj te Canvas aka Paper and Canvas.

Amrita Pritam quotes


1 Peace is not just the absence of violence, peace is when the flowers bloom.

2 No one inherits life anywhere. People everywhere inherit death.

3 I don’t know what the relationship is between tears and women’s eyes. Whatever the country, this relationship seems to be very loyal.

4 Whenever water falls on the soil of the heart, it is like the smell rising from the soil, and when it dries up, it is like the dust flying from the soil, until man becomes a stone.

5 Perhaps I will become a ray of sunshine to be embraced by your colors, I will paint myself on your canvas.

6 When a man denies the power of women, he is denying his own subconscious.

7 Love is power. It is not just a power of speech.

8 Everyone thinks their mistake is small and the punishment given by others is big.

9 Miracles are accidents that happen in an inch.

10 Many stories which are not on paper. They’re written in the bodies and minds of women.

11 The fact of the matter is that our heart has a habit of stopping it from wherever it is. It turns away. It runs even harder. And here’s how to keep the heart in the middle. That is not the way to go.

12 We live in a society where a man becomes pure by taking a bath, while a woman spends her whole life trying to prove her purity.

13 Every woman knows how to act from birth.

14 Look further on ahead, between truth and falsehood a little empty space.

15 Love can sometimes imprint upon you.

Amrita Pritam quotes and Biography 2022


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