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Dhahan Prize 2016 Awards Gala Promo

Zahid Hasan is a prolific writer. He has written in Urdu and Punjabi, both prose, and poetry. Tassi Dharti is his fourth Punjabi novel and is arguably his best novel so far. It was recently awarded the best Pakistani Punjabi Novel of the year by the Vancouver-based Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize jury 2016.

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Dhahan Prize 2016 Awards Gala Promo

Toronto-based Punjabi writer Jarnail Singh has published seven collections of short stories, the latest being Kaale Warke (The Black Pages). One of his collections, Do Tapu (Two Islands) has been translated into Hindi as well, besides being transliterated into the Shahmukhi (Urdu-Persian) script. Another collection Tawars (The Towers) has had multiple editions and is still in demand. It is not for nothing that Jarnail has received Dhahan Prize for 2016, the highest overseas award for Punjabi fiction launched by Vancouver-based Punjabi millionaire Barj Dhahan. This award carries the prize money of 25,000 Canadian dollars, which is more than the prestigious Jnanpith Award given in India for literary achievements.

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Dhahan Prize 2016 Awards Gala Promo

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed October 30th to November 5, 2016 as “Punjabi Literature Week”. MLA Scott Hamilton announced this decision of BC government at the Dhahan Literary Awards ceremony held here today. This was the first time when the provincial government announced this kind of gesture to promote Punjabi language.He handed over the proclamation to Barj Dhahan. A New Youth Punjabi Literature Prize announced on this occasion to be commenced from the next year along with Dhahan Awards.

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