Answer the following:
Name the blind singer/poet who spread the Krishna Bhakt cult.
Where was the first major iron and steel plant set up in 1973 in India largely with Russian help?
In which place would you see the Daria Daulat Bagh which is entirely made of wood, and was the summer palace of Tipu Sultan?
How many caves are there at Ajantha?
What was Bheeshma’s original name?
Amrita Pritam was a leading Indian essayist and poet of the twentieth century. She wrote in Hindi and Punjabi. She has over a hundred works to her name and has been honoured by the Sahitya Academy, Bharatiya Jnanpith and the Padma Vibhushan.
She was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, which now is in Pakistan. She moved to Lahore with her father after the demise of her mother when she was 11. In 1936, she married Pritam Singh at the age of 16. She left him in 1960 as their marriage was not a happy one.
Her first publication was an anthology of poems titled ‘Amrit Lehran’ [Immortal Waves] when she was 16 years old. She moved to New Delhi during partition and her work ‘Ajj Akhaan Waris Shah Nu’ records the sorrow and horror of the violence during partition. She worked at the All India Radio. Many of her works have been made into movies like ‘Kadambari’ and ‘Pinjar’. She was the first woman to win the Sahitya Academy award in 1956 for ‘Sunehade’ [Messages] which is considered her Magnum opus.
She died in New Delhi in 2005.
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