Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Vir Singh was born on December 5. 1872 at Amritsar. His father Dr. Charan Singh was a scholar of Hindi and Sanskrit literature but Bhai Vir Singh, endowed with special gift of writing, devoted himself to Punjabi literature, particularly the poetry. Among his best works are Guru Nanak Chamatkar, Kalgi Dhar Chamatkar, Rana Surat Singh, Mera Sajan Jeo, Lehran De Har, Matak Holare and Bijlian De Har.

Bhai Vir Singh is regarded as the father of modern Punjabi poetry. In addition to his literary activities, he also devoted his time to works that had a social as well as political impact of profound significance. He found-ed Khalsa Tract Society, which has hitherto published more than 1450 tracts. In 1899 he started a weekly paper entitled 'Khalsa Samachar and the paper is still serving the cause of Sikh religion and Punjabi litera-ture. There is no other figure in the entire Punjabi literature which stands equal to his place and stature.

A sample of Bhai Vir Singh manuscript