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New Delhi, April 22
Renowned Punjabi dramatist and short story writer, Balwant Gargi, was cremated here today. He died in Mumbai last night after prolonged illness. He was 87. He left behind his son and daughter.
The body of the Sahitya Akademi winning writer was brought to the Capital this afternoon and a large number of persons from cultural and literary field paid their last respect.

‘No mourning on my death, please’
It’s curtains for the theatre mughal from Bathinda
Baljit Parmar
As Manu, son of the doyen of Punjabi literature Balwant Gargi, hands me a typed piece of paper containing the above four lines in the drawingroom of his sixth floor flat at the posh Versova locality of Mumbai, the 87-year-old writer lay sprawled on a mattress in the next room as if in a deep sleep.

Balwant Gargi — prodigal son of Punjabi prose
Chandigarh, April 22

As one flicks through the literary corpus that defines Balwant Gargi, one cannot help tracing the roots of his literary genius. The journey takes us back from the glamorous Western settings to the humble Punjab villages that find expression in Gargi’s most celebrated works, ‘Loha Kut’ and ‘Kuari Teesi’.

Residents want memorial to Gargi
Say he has done Bathinda proud
Bathinda, April 23
When Balwant Singh was born in a house in the Neeta Mal street, near the 1800-year-old historical Gobind Fort, little did his kin and neighbourers know that one day the kid, who was the second son in the family of Shiv Chand, a Head Clerk in the Irrigation Department, would create history.

Writers pay tributes to Gargi
Ludhiana, April 23
“Balwant Gargi’s demise has left a great void in Punjabi drama and is an irreparable loss” feel Punjabi writers of Ludhiana. Prof J.B.S. Nanda, former head of Punjabi department, Government College for Boys, said, “Balwant Gargi was the man who took the Punjabi drama to international level.

Gargi’s ashes to be immersed today
Bathinda, April 24
Ashes of Punjabi playwright Balwant Gargi who died on April 21 would be immersed in the Sirhind canal here tomorrow. Jagmohan Kaushal, editor, “Sahi Buniyad” and Tony Batish a playwright stated this here this evening at a condolence meeting held to pay homage to Gargi.

Recalling Balwant Gargi’s visit
HEN a prominent person goes from this world, he becomes the history of the land. The moments spent with him stand out like crags in the sea of time. One recalls the warm handshake with him and the cosiness of the cup of hot tea shared with him. It so happened when Balwant Gargi visited the city to deliver a lecture to the Rotarians at the Rotary Bhawan.

Mannu, Jennat Gargi pay homage to their father
Chandigarh, April 25
Balwant Gargi would have given anything to be at the Department of Indian Theatre this evening. In attendance at the department today were his two children, Mannu and Jennat, who were coming home together after decades.

Bathinda in our blood, say Gargi’s children
Bathinda, April 26
“Our bond with Bathinda is unbreakable. It is in our blood,” said Manu Gargi and Jannat, son and daughter of Balwant Gargi. “Since my childhood, my father would tell me about Bathinda and its golden sand. So this bond with the town is in our blood and it will never break,” said Manu.

The importance of Balwant Gargi
Humra Quraishi
ALWANT Gargi’s death brought in memories of the days when he was residing here in a cottage just off the Kasturba Gandhi Marg. His semi-autobiography — The Naked Triangle — was still to be launched. Many a time, he told me bitterly about the two central characters in the book — his American wife and his Chandigarh-based lover Rani Balbir.


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