Mansa: Hundreds of people paid tribute to prominent playwright Prof Ajmer Aulak who had dead on June 15. The Sahitya Akademi awardee was suffering from cancer.
Ten days after his death, a bhog ceremony was organised here today and the main characters of his plays — farmers — turned up in huge numbers to give tribute to their beloved playwright. Hundreds of people, who had assembled at the new grain market in Mansa, observed a two-minute silence for Aulakh.
An edition of “Salaam” magazine, dedicated to Prof Aulakh was also released during the programme. A copy of this special edition was presented to the writer’s wife Manjit Aulakh by noted writer Gurbachan Bhullar. The gathering was addressed by members of Aulakh’s family, Kendriya Punjabi Lok Sabha and Lok Kala Manch, Mansa.
Prominent figures from the field of Punjabi literature Gurbachan Bhullar, Surjit Pattar, Aatamjit and president of the Kendriya Punjabi Lekhak Sabha Dr Sarbjit Singh paid tributes to Aulakh. They said Prof Aulakh wanted to improve society through his writings.
They added that Aulakh was close to his roots and knew the life and troubles of the labour class and farmers. They said, “In the light of the trouble the labour class is facing in these times, the writings of Aulakh have become all the more important.”