Collection of Ghazals, ‘Itfaq’, by Gurbhajan Gill, Released

by Dr. Jasneet Bedi

In a celebration of literature and culture, a retired teacher and prolific writer, Gurbhajan Gill, unveiled his latest masterpiece, a collection of selected ghazals titled “Itfaq.” The unveiling took place in the illustrious Dr. Manmohan Singh Auditorium, graced by the presence of esteemed personalities and literary luminaries.

PAU’s Vice Chancellor, Dr. Satbir Singh Gosal, had the honor of releasing the book, marking a significant moment in the university’s rich literary heritage. “Itfaq” is not merely a collection of verses but a testament to the profound connection between literature and academia.

Prof. Gurbhajan Gill’s association with PAU runs deep. Having served as a teacher and Senior Editor of the renowned magazine ‘Changi Kheti,’ his contributions to both education and literature are invaluable. His dedication to the craft is evident in the sheer volume of his work, with “Itfaq” featuring 106 carefully selected ghazals out of a staggering 900 penned by Gill.

The event was a gathering of literary giants and esteemed personalities, including Dr. Makhan Singh Bhullar, Col. Jasjit Singh Gill, Dr. Kuldeep Singh, and many others. Their presence underscored the significance of Gill’s work and its impact on Punjab’s literary landscape.

Dr. Gosal, in his address, praised PAU’s commitment to nurturing not only scientific excellence but also a vibrant literary culture. He highlighted the university’s tradition of fostering talent, citing luminaries like Prof. Mohan Singh, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, and Dr. Surjit Patar, who have graced its halls.

Prof. Gurbhajan Gill, in his remarks, expressed gratitude for the recognition bestowed upon him. He acknowledged the pivotal role played by his colleagues, students, and the university in shaping his literary journey. His sentiment resonated with the audience, reflecting a deep-seated affection for PAU and its community.

The editing of “Itfaq” was a collaborative effort, with researchers from Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and BBK DAV College, Amritsar, lending their expertise. Dr. Satinderjit Singh Sunny Pakhoke and Prof. Jagmeet Singh meticulously curated the collection, ensuring that each ghazal captured Gill’s essence.

Beyond the unveiling of “Itfaq,” the event also celebrated the spirit of collaboration and artistic expression. Prof. Gurbhajan Gill’s generous gesture of gifting 70 copies of his book to students exemplifies his commitment to nurturing the next generation of writers and thinkers.

As the curtains closed on this literary extravaganza, one thing became abundantly clear: the legacy of Prof. Gurbhajan Gill and the rich tapestry of Punjab’s literary tradition continue to flourish, inspiring generations to come.

Dr. Jasneet Bedi

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