Mohan Singh (Prof.)

Mohan Singh (Prof.) (20.10.1905-03.05.1978) a Punjabi Poet was born to Bhagwanti and Jodh Singh in Hoti Mardan, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Pakistan. He was married to Basant Kaur. After her demise he married Surjit Kaur.

He spent his early years at his ancestral village Bhamial (Rawalpindi). After a short stint of teaching at Khalsa High School, Khanewal he obtained Master degree in Persian and started his career as a Lecturer in Persian Department of Khalsa College, Amritsar (1933). In 1940 he joined Sikh National College, Lahore but he left the job to start his own publishing house. He also started literary magazine Panj Darya. After partition he shifted his business to Amritsar and subsequently to Jalandhar. But ultimately he closed his business and joined as Principal, Khalsa College, Patiala. Later he served as Professor Emerites at Punjab Agriculture University (1966-1977).

His earlier poetry was romantic and lyrical but later on he became the part of the progressive movement. He sang the pangs of down trodden labour class and motivated them to bring a revolution. The fragrance of our soil can be felt in his imagery and metaphors. Profuse use of Pothohari vocabulary enhances the sweetness in his poetry.

Sahitya Akademi Award was given to him for his work Wadda Vela in 1959 and Honorary Fellowship in 1966.

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