A L W A N T G A R G I: T R I B U T E S
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.
mourning on my death, please’
It’s curtains for the theatre
mughal from Bathinda
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
Balwant Gargi’s visit
WHEN 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.
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.
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.
importance of Balwant Gargi
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.