Balbir Singh Bhangu
a biography by Ajmer Rode
– Prof. Elliot Weisgarber
About the Author
Ajmer Rode has published more than 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, drama, prose and translation in Punjabi and English. His works are included in reputed Punjabi and English anthologies and prescribed in universities of Punjab and Delhi. His 1000-page book Leela (co-author N. Bharati) critically acclaimed as an outstanding work of the 20th century Punjabi poetry. His awards include Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of British Columbia and Best Overseas Author award by the Punjab Languages department.
"Last night's performance (by Balbir Singh Bhangu) in the Planetarium Theatre was a memorable one.."
– Joy Inglis, H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, Vancouver
"Meeting with Bhangu ji always filled me with respect and reminded me of the importance of art and music in life."
– Ujjal Dosanjh, former Premier of British Columbia, and Cabinet Minister of Canada
"Balbir ji did something many of us wanted very much. He formed a small group of friends, Hoshang Shroff and Ajmer Rode among them, and founded the India Music Society."
– Prof. Anand Paranjpe, former President of India Music Society
"The India Music Society initiated and ignited interest in the Indian classical music which is still very alive. Main credit for this, of course, goes to Balbir ji."
– Hoshang Shroff, founding member of India Music Society