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Harpal Singh Tiwana, born on 8 August 1935 was one of the most prominent Punjabi playwrights of all time. [1]

His two ventures into film making Long Da Lishkara and Diva bale Sari Raat became landmarks in Punjabi cinema. He also directed two television productions – Sanjhi Deewar and an unfinished project on Maharaja Ranjit singh.

His famous plays include Sirhind di Deewar[2]. He established Punjab Kala Manch at Patiala along with his wife to promote local artists [3]. Both Tiwana and his wife Neena Tiwana are graduates from National School of Drama[4]. Neena Tiwana and his son Manpal Tiwana are also playing a key role in promoting the theatre in Punjab.

Harpal died in a road accident near Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, on 19 May 2002, was cremated at Badungar cremation ground at Patiala[5].

Harpal Tiwana Foundation[6] was set up in the memory of great Punjabi theater personality[7] after his death.


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