Ajmer Singh Aulakh

Shri Ajmer Singh Aulakh was born in 1942 in Kumbharhwal village in Punjab. A leading playwright in Punjabi, he has worked as Lecturer in Punjabi at Nehru Memorial College, Mansa, from 1965 to 2000. It was in the early 1970s that Shri Aulakh was first noticed as a writer and director of Punjabi drama in youth festivals organized at Punjabi University, Patiala. He was soon a popular artist whose plays attracted the masses and classes alike for their skilful presentation of the life of village folk. Belonging to a peasant family himself, Shri Aulakh has direct knowledge of the life of the rural poor and has been able to translate that into his dramatic work. This gives his work the ring of truth and draws the crowds to his plays, even though they are realistic productions devoid of glamour or romance. Shri Aulakh has a sharp eye for the shifting reality of the times. While recognizing present adversity, he can still point to a better morrow. His plays include Sat Bagane (1987), Bhajjian Bahan (1988), Keher Singh di Maut (1992), Ik si Dariya (1994), Jhanan de Pani (2000), Nikke Surjan di Larai, and number of one-acters. Four critical works on Shri Ajmer Singh Aulakh’s work have been published in Punjabi. Shri Aulakh has a presence in the world of Punjabi letters and has attended the World Punjabi Conference in Lahore in 2001 and 2003. He has received many honours including the Interna- tional Paash Memorial Award (1999), the Shiromani Punjabi Natakkar award (1999) conferred by the Government of Punjab, the Jivan Gaurav Samman (2000) conferred by Punjabi University, Patiala, the Punjabi Natak Samman (2001) awarded at the Alami Punjabi Conference, Lahore, and the Shiromani Punjabi Natakkar award (2003) conferred by Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi. Shri Ajmer Singh Aulakh receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion as a playwright to Indian theatre.