Words Worth

This week,the National Archives of India will formally acquire all the historic back issues of Punjab’s 80-year-old literary and educational monthly journal,Preetlari.

Written by Parul | Published: May 10, 2013 3:06:21 am

This week,the National Archives of India will formally acquire all the historic back issues of Punjab’s 80-year-old literary and educational monthly journal,Preetlari. The magazine was first published in 1933 by writer Gurbaksh Singh from Nisbet Road,Lahore — in Urdu,English and Punjabi. It continued to be published from the model artistes’ village established by a leading group of progressive artists and literary personalities of Punjab,from village Preet Nagar,which was envisioned by Singh in the pre-Partition days as a cultural hub,equidistant from Amritsar and Lahore. Preetlari was edited by writer Navtej Singh,and continued to publish even after the assassination editor Sumeet Singh in 1984. “It’s a special moment for us,and also an honour,as we know that our labour of love will be intact,and will find a new audience too,” said Poonam Singh,the present editor of Preetlari,who is busy collecting the issues at her home in Chandigarh. Still posted to its patrons all over the country and even abroad from the post office of Preet Nagar every month,Singh says the magazine on the heritage,literature and socio-cultural affairs of Punjab,is a testimony to time. “Against all odds,we continue to give young Punjabi writers a platform to express,and our readers new perspectives and readers a chance to exchange ideas on arts,literature and politics,” says Singh.

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