Punjab, India: The Punjabi Literature that is written in the Punjabi language and deals with the Punjabi Diaspora, whose scripts are written in the Punjabi Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi scripts, signifying the most influencing traditions and cultures of the state, has made its origin to be found in the forms of Punjabi stories, poetries, verses, this written Literature has imbued with wisdom moral lessons, and a dash of humour, served as a child’s first window to the world beyond their immediate experience.
With the Evolution of Punjabi Literature, The traditions, cultures and customs of Punjab have made special significance in the Stories, Poetries, and Verses which eventually resulted in impacting the children’s Literature in Punjab to a greater extent. These books’ stories, characters, and landscapes create a vivid tapestry of Punjab’s rich heritage. Children’s Literature has introduced and brought many young minds to vibrant festivals like Baisakhi and Lohri, the heroic tales of folk heroes like Heer-Ranjha and Mirza-Sahiban, and the brave history of the Sikh Gurus.
Children’s Literature in Punjab has originated and traced back to the oral storytelling traditions of grandparents and village elders, who would narratively weave tales under starlit skies. These stories, imbued with wisdom, moral lessons, and a dash of humour, served as a child’s first window to the world beyond their immediate experience.
Gradually, by the pace of time, the oral tradition has also made its significant evolution in children’s Literature which gave way to the written word, and children’s Literature found its footing in print. A significant contribution was made by literary stalwarts like Nanak Singh and Amrita Pritam, who, through their works, ensured the rich fabric of Punjabi life was woven into the very threads of their stories. Their tales were often laced with folklore, history, and mythology, making them as informative as they were engaging.