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Noted writer Amrita Pritam passes away

October 31, 2005 18:15 IST

Noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam breathed her last at her residence in Hauz Khas in South Delhi on Monday around 3.30 PM.

She had been bed ridden for last six months.

Imroze, noted writer who had been living with her for last several decades, was on her bedside.

Pritam's son Shelly Kawatara said the cremation would take place at the Green Park crematorium later in the evening.

Prominent writers are expected to pay their respects to Pritam.

Born on 31st August, 1919, in West Punjab, she wrote over a hundred books that received raving reviews from critics.

The bollywood film Pinjar on the India-Pakistan partition was based on her novel by the same name.

Former member of the Rajya Sabha and recipient of the Padma Shree, Pritam was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award for her book Sunedeh.

She was also the recipient of the Gyanpeeth award for her contribution to the Punjabi literature.

Rasidi Ticket, her autobiography, was one of her most controversial books.

Noted journalist Khushwant Singh, who was one of her fans, when reached on phone said he was too moved to make any comment on the death of the legend in the Punjabi literature.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi