Freedom of expression especially focussed on Punjabi literature
Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela, Odisha, and studied at the University of Hyderabad. He works in the Information Technology industry as a technical writer. He is the author of two novels: Sepia Leaves (2008, Rupa) is about a family living under the shadow of schizophrenia from a young boy’s point of view during the Emergency in India in the 1970s. Roll of Honour (2012, Rupa) is about the split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a military boarding school in Punjab during the Khalistan movement, based on the events of the year 1984. The novel has been translated into Punjabi as ‘Gwah De Fanah Hon To Pehlan’. His essay ‘My Mother's Breast ‘appeared in the anthology on mental illness ‘The Book of Light’, 2015. He is currently working on a non-fiction travelogue on Punjab and reports for Caravan, Scroll, The Hindu and others.
Prof Surjit Singh
Surjit Singh is working as a Professor of Punjabi at Punjabi University, Patiala and General Secretary of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, Ludhiana. His two published books are based on Literary Criticism covering various themes ranging from poetics of Punjabi Novel to film studies. He has around 150 research papers published in various national and international journals. His specializes in modern literature. 10 students have completed their doctoral
research under his guidance. Before joining Punjabi University he has taught in Aligarh Muslim University and Punjab University. He is known as a person who regularly participates in the debates around relevance of literary organizations, freedom of expression, sociology of literature and particularly socio-economic and ideological profile of cotemporary literary community.
Prof Pali Bhupinder
Pali Bhupinder Singh is one of the leading playwrights of the Punjabi theater. He made his theater writing debut at the age of 19 with the critically acclaimed satirical drama ‘Chowk ton Shahar Disda Hai ‘in the 1984. Singh went on to write more than 30 plays and is a prominent face of the Punjabi theater. Some of the popular plays written by him include ‘Usnun Kahi’, ‘Terrorist Di Premika’, ‘Mitti Da Bawa’, ‘Pyasa Ka’, ‘Wrong Number’ and ‘Tuhanun Kehra
Rang Psand Hai’.