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Personality of the Month

August 2001

Sardar Atma Hamrahi

    Sardar Atma Singh Sembhi (Atam Hamrahi) is a renowned name in the Punjabi literary circles of Punjab and beyond. He was born on 9th February,1936 to Smt. Ram Kaur Barha at Rataul Bet (Zeera). S. Atma Singh did his higher secondary in 1952 from Dev Smaj Higher Sec. School Moga, F.Sc in 1954 and then J.B.T. After completing JBT, he joined Khalsa School Moga as teacher. Then he did his graduation in 1962 and joined B.Ed. He did his masters in 1967 and P.hd in 1976 and finally become a lecturer. His father Mistry Ujagar Singh Sehmbi was a truck body maker at Moga.

     Atam Hamrahi has created a place in the elite of Punjab on his own. Hamrahi has given a unique identity of pride to the Sembhi’s - the Ramgarhias of Punjab. Moga being his paternal home and Rataul Bet being his birthplace, both falling in the old district of Ferozepur, Ferozepur became a subject of research for him for his doctorate. He did his PhD on Contribution of District Ferozepur to Punjabi literature and language and showed his reverence for his birthplace.

    To add more to his credentials, he is currently engaged in doing his research - 'Ludhiana Bolda Hai' - It is a directory of Ludhiana including all towns and villages coming under district. He has also been writing character sketches of more than 350 Punjabis, who excelled in various fields of creativity. His works include books like ‘Bawani’, ‘Uttar Bawani’, ‘Bartanvi Sajjan Suhelre’, ‘Panjabi Bangla Bawani’ and ‘24 Karat’. He is working on some more books. He has travelled half the world on sponsorship by people who wanted him to write for them.

     He is honored with many Ramgarhia sabha and societies in India and abroad. He is decorated with "Shromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award". His contributions are duly recognized by Government of Punjab and he is given "State Award". He got married to Smt. Tarlochan Kaur Birdi on 3rd December,1960. The couple is blessed with two daughters and a son. Although his health does not allow him to continue his work, but still he is enthusiastic to serve Ramgarhia community through his work and dedication. We hope to see him setting more milestones in future.

He has given the massage to Ramgarhiakom that
"Our Children have to adopt New Industrial Techniques".


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