Lahore (PR): Baba Najmi has received lifetime membership of the prestigious Lahore Press Club (LPC), becoming the first Punjabi poet to get the honour.
Najmi, 70, a literary icon in Pakistan’s biggest province, has five compilations of Pujabi poetry under his belt, namely Sochan Wich Jahaan, Mara Naam Insan, Aakhran Wich Samunder, Sarka Rama and Sanjay Punjab da Lok Gawi. One of his poems – Chlaan Pankhi Tay Chali Thandi Hawa – was immortalised by legendary Abida Parveen.
“I am very thankful to the journalist community for this honour,” the poet said after the Club announced his membership.
The poet’s revolutionary work is not only acknowledged in Pakistan but also highly recognised across the boarder. Last December, a literary society in India erected his statue at the Mahadaish Bhagat Singh Park, in Moga.