Today’s Google page opened to a doodle celebrating Amrita Pritam, one of India’s first prominent women Punjabi poets. She was born as Amrit Kaur in Gujranwala, Punjab (present-day Pakistan). Her father, Kartar Singh Hitkar, was a poet and scholar.
Amrita Pritam is most remembered for her poem titled “Ajj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu,” (Today I Invoke Waris Shah), addressed to Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah in which she laments the tragedy of the partition of Pakistan from India.
Today’s doodle, by artist Vrinda Zaveri, carries a reference to Amrita Pritam’s autobiography 'Kala Gulab' (Black Rose). She has written two other autobiographies - 'Rasidi Ticket', which talks about her deep affection for poet Sahir Ludhianvi, and 'Shadows of Words'.
In 1986, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. She died in 2005. In 2007, noted lyricist Gulzar released an audio album, 'Amrita recited by Gulzar'