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Surinder Dhanjal

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SURINDER DHANJAL (Poet, Critic, Journalist, Computer Scientist and Electrical Engineer) has published more than half a dozen books of Punjabi Poetry and Literary Criticism. His latest book of poetry KAVITA DEE LAAT (Flame of Poetry) was published in 2011. His poetry is a unique combination of revolutionary, scientific, migratory/immigrant (parvasee), and modern sensibility. His poems have been translated in English, Hindi, and Urdu (published in Canada, India, and Pakistan). He has given poetry readings on Radio, TV, and stage in Canada, USA, UK, and India.

He was the founding Editor of the literary and cultural magazine of the Punjabi language Watno Dur (published in Canada from July 1973 to April 1986). He is the founding General Secretary of many organizations including Punjab Cultural Association Vancouver (November 1972), Punjabi Literary Association (currently known as the Writers' Forum) Vancouver (1973), and a theatre organization Watno Dur Art Foundation Vancouver (1974). He directed the first Punjabi play of Canada in Vancouver on Dec 16, 1972, and directed the first local Punjabi play of Alberta in Grande Prairie in 1983. He is the founding Convenor of Pash Memorial International Trust dedicated to the memory of revolutionary Punjabi Poet PASH (Avtar Singh Sandhu) assassinated by the Khalistanis on March 23, 1988.

Surinder Dhanjal completed his Ph.D.(Computer Science), Ph.D.(Punjabi), M.Sc.(Computation), M.A.Sc.(Electrical Engineering), and B.Sc.Eng.(Electrical Engineering) from Thapar University, Guru Nanak Dev University, McMaster University, University of Windsor, and Panjab University in 2014, 2005, 1988, 1980, and 1971 respectively.

He taught Computing Science at the University of Alberta Edmonton (1985-1989) and the Thompson Rivers University Kamloops (Aug 1989-Aug 2016). He has been conferred upon the distinction and honour of PROFESSOR EMERITUS by the Thompson Rivers University in June 2017 convocation. His research papers have been published in various books, journals and international conferences in Singapore, Canada, Italy, Greece, Turkey, USA, UK, and India. He lives in Kamloops with his wife Balbir and daughter Samta.

(Last update: 16 January 2021)



o SOORJA(N) DE HUMSAFAR. Sooraj Parkashan, Ludhiana, May 1972
o TINN KON (coauthors: Iqbal Ramoowalia & Sukhinder). Watno Dur Publications, Vancouver, April 1979
o ZAKHMA(N) DEE FASAL. Balraj Sahni Parkashan, Amritsar, April 1985
o PASH DI YAAD VICH DUS KAVITAVA(N). Pash Memorial International Trust, March 1991
o NATAK, RUNGMUNCH, ATAMJIT ATEY KAMLOOPS DIA(N) MACHHIA(N). Indian Workers Association, Calgary, November 1998
o PASH TA(N) SOORAJ SI (co-editor: Sohan Singh Sandhu). Pash Memorial International Trust, September 2007
o KAVITA DEE LAAT. Chetna Parkashan, Ludhiana, 2011


o Medal for standing first in the HONOURS IN PUNJABI examination of Panjab University, 1970
0 PROGRESSIVE WRITERS' AWARD, by Haryana Punjabi Lekhak Sabha & Pargatisheel Lekhak Sungh (1 August 1999)
o SANT RAM UDASI MEMORIAL AWARD, by Sant Ram Udasi Memorial Trust (International) on 18 December 2004
o SURINDER HEM JYOTI AWARD, by Punjab Lok Sabhiachark Munch & Punjabi Sahitya Academy (22 July 2007)
0 IQBAL ARPAN MEMORIAL AWARD, by Arpan Likhari Sabha Calgary (4 June 2011)
0 DINTINGUISHED AUTHOR & POET AWARD, by Writers International Network (25 May 2018)
0 DR. DARSHAN GILL MEMORIAL AWARD, by Writers International Network (25 May 2018)
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