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The Possibilities of Punjabi : Modern Punjabi Literature in India, Pakistan, and Beyond : [Interview with Amarjit Chandan] Murphy, Anne


In this 2015 interview for Dr. Anne Murphy’s SSHRC-funded project “Transnational modern Punjabi literature and the pursuit of the secular,” Amarjit Chandan, born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1946, a prominent Punjabi poet and promoter of Punjabi language, discusses how the relationship between literature and politics should not be overemphasized and that each should be given their own space. In this light, Amarjit Chandan considers himself a pure poet, although he does acknowledge that politics are unavoidable. Above all, Amarjit Chandan posits that poetry is a medium to express emotion, the soul and the heart. Poetry, for Amarjit Chandan, allows one to access feelings we often avoid such as sadness. Interview by Dr. Anne Murphy. Funded by SSHRC Insight Development (430-2013-000121) and Insight (435-2017-0406) Grants.

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