Atamjit Singh

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Atamjit is a Punjabi playwright and theatre director active for the last 40 years. The main concerns in his plays are the displacement and migration of people of Punjab, exploitation of marginalized groups especially the women, religious fundamentalism, narrow nationalism and parochial patriotism. Honoured by various Universities, the academies and other private and government organizations at state level, he is also awarded by the National Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi. However, he returned his Sahitya Akademi Award three years ago. Atamjit’s many plays are under publication in Hindi, English, Kannada and Marathi. Apart from Punjabi scholars, others who have commented upon his plays include nGugi wa Thiongo’, Raj Mohan Gandhi, Sharon Pollock, Fakhar Zaman, Ganesh Devi, Geetha Hariharan et al. Atamjit’s plays are widely prescribed by universities in their courses. He also has performed his plays extensively in India and abroad. His production of ‘Fish of the Kamloops’ in cities of Canada attracted a lot of discussion and deliberation. Apart from Canada he performed in the US, Kenya and UK. He is also known for the dramatic readings of his plays.