Writer honored for winning Punjabi Literature Prize

LAHORE: Thaap hosted a special literary evening in honor of Punjabi writer Nain Sukh for winning the 2021 Punjabi Dhahan International Literature Prize at its 46th conference.

The conference took place at the Thaap Gulberg Secretariat and brought together literary enthusiasts and audiences. Nain Sukh is the recipient of the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize 2021 and the Masud Khadarposh Award 2015. In local literary circles, he is considered the pride of Punjab for being the first recipient of the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize of the Pakistani Punjab.

Professor (ret’d) Sajida Haider Vandal, Pervez Vandal and other participants acknowledged Nain Sukh’s contributions to the promotion of Punjabi literature.

In the evening, Nain Sukh read his short stories from his award winning book and a discussion took place with insightful remarks and questions.

Nain Sukh has published several Punjabi short stories, poems, novels and novels over the years. Through his work he has attempted to transform his 28 years of research and observations of the Punjab, combining them with historical knowledge acquired from the works of old masters, into works of fiction and poetry.

Professor Naveed Alam made the presentations and acted as moderator. He informed the public that Nain Sukh’s book, Jogi, Sapp, Trah (The Snake Charmer, Snake and Fright), won the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature announced in Canada. The Canada-based awards committee received 45 nominations this year.

While shedding light on the news, Prof Naveed Alam shared that Nain Sukh’s award-winning book has many characters from the lower strata of society seen as outcasts – Dalits who converted to Islam, but could not get rid of the stigma attached to their old caste besides the weavers, shoemakers, fishermen, hairdressers, snake charmers, gypsies and all the subordinates.

During the evening, the writer Nain Sukh explained the reasons why, when those belonging to these so-called lower castes realized the dishonor attached to their work and profession, they gradually began to leave it. This resulted in the erasure of the story which was held in their collective memory because no one had recorded it.

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