For Immediate Release: October 10th 2005

Book Release in Honour of Dr. Prem Prakash Singh

Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation, South Asian Review and Punjabi Sath Lambra are proud to announce that they will be honouring the memory of Dr. Prem Prakash Singh by releasing the second edition of a book about his life and work on Saturday November 12th 2005 at 1pm at Dhaliwal Hall, Payal Centre, #230-8166 128th St. Surrey, BC.  Kala Kendar Toronto will also be holding a special function to release this book in Toronto on November 27th 2005.


Dr. Prem Prakash Singh Simrati Granth 2nd Edition is an extended edition of the first book, which was released last year at Punjabi University, Patiala, on the first anniversary of his passing away.  Dr. Karnail Singh Thind, a well-known scholar of Punjab and former Professor and Registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar is the chief editor of this book. Included in the book are dedications, essays and research articles giving an insight into Dr. Prem Prakash Singh’s life and work with contributions from over 125 respected literary figures and well wishers from all over the world.  Dr. Prem Prakash Singh was a highly respected scholar of the Punjabi Nation and a great literary figure in the field of Punjabi Linguistics.  His work for the Punjabi Language was both monumental and ground-breaking and it is no wonder that he was often referred to as the modern day Panini of the Punjabi Language.  He devoted over 60 years of his life researching and writing about the Punjabi Language and was the leading authority on its origin and development.  He had undertaken one of the most difficult tasks by dedicating his entire life towards the study and research of the Punjabi Language.  He used his vast knowledge of many languages such as Sanskrit, Braj Bhasha, Bodhi Bhasha, Jaini Bhasha and others to find the roots of this ancient language so that Punjabi people around the world can feel proud of their mother tongue.  The paper that he presented at the 2nd World Punjabi Conference in Prince George 2003, titled “The Salient Features of Punjabi, Language of the Punjabi Nation” is also presented in this book.  Dr. Prem Prakash Singh’s work was highly commended by such well-known scholars and authorities as Dr. (Bhai) Jodh Singh, Dr. Diwan Singh, Dr. Surinder Singh Kohli and Dr. Roshan Lal Ahuja.


During this program special guests Dr. Karnail Singh Thind, Dr. Manzur Ejaz, Prof. Manvata Ghuman and others will participate in this event.  Dr. Manzur Ejaz will also present a unique seminar on the great poet Waris Shah.  This seminar will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Prem Prakash Singh.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this important program and pay his or her respects to this fine son of Punjab and learn about his immense work in the service of our mother tongue Punjabi.



About the Organisers:

Virasat Foundation, South Asian Review and Punjabi Sath Lambra are all organizations that are dedicated to the preservation, promotion, development and advancement of the Punjabi Language and Culture.


For Further Information:

Bhupinder S. Malhi, Virasat Foundation, Surrey, BC., 604 765 3063, email:

Jaspal Randhawa, Virasat Foundation, Surrey, BC., 604 897 4512, email:

Sucha Deepak, South Asian Review, Prince George, BC., 250 561 1687, email:

Dr. Nirmal Singh, Punjabi Sath Lambra, Jalandhar, Punjab, 0181 791036, email:

Major Mangat, Kala Kendar Toronto, Toronto ON., 416 727 2071, email: