SINGH, JAGTAR (1933/35 – )
Singh, Jagtar, an eminent Punjabi poet, was born at Rajgomal, district Jallandhar (Punjab). He did his M.A. in Punjabi and Urdu (first class first) and later Ph.D., on the critical study of Punjabi poetry in Pakistan from 1947 to 1972. Jagtar is well versed in Urdu, Punjabi, English and Hindi. His first collection of poems Ruttca-ranglian was published in 1957. His next book of poems Talkhian ranginian came a 1960 followed by Dudh pathiri in 1961.
Six years later Jagtar brought his fourth book of poems Adhura aadmi in 1967. Lahu de naksh was published in 1973. Then Changia rulih, his sixth book of poems, came out in 1976. His latest book of poems Sheeshe da jungle, published in 1980 is a collection of ghazals, In modem history of Punjabi literature, Jagtar is known best as a lyricist, and an experimentalist as well as a militant poet.
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