Born in a village near Hoshiarpur, Amrit Diwana started working as a journalist in Jalandhar after completing his education. The literary environment at home and competitions in college inspired him to write poetry. When he migrated to Canada in 1993, he could not find a full-time job as a journalist and started working in the mills before joining the taxi industry. He has continued to pursue his passion for writing and literature and has written four books. He writes poetry about the struggles faced by farmers and the Dalit community. He is a member of the Kalmi Parwaz Manch which meets every month to discuss the works of well-known Punjabi poets. In his interview, he laments how today’s young people are inspired by songs promoting violence and are not connected with the rich history of Punjabi literature, and expresses concern about the lack of support for the promotion of Punjabi literature by the Canadian government.
Short promotional video (with English subtitles), 1: What is special about Punjabi literature? ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸਾਹਿਤ ਦੀ ਕੀ ਖ਼ਾਸੀਅਤ ਹੈ? پنجابی ادب دی کی خاسیت ہے؟
Short promotional video (with English subtitles), 2: What is the status of Punjabi in Canada? ਕਨੇਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਜ਼ਬਾਨ ਦਾ ਕੀ ਦਰਜਾ ਹੈ? ؐکینیڈا وچ پنجابی زبان دا کی درجہ ہے؟
Full interview, Part 1:
Full interview, Part 2: