Not far from India’s border with Pakistan is a ‘town of love’. Situated just 20 km from Amritsar and an equal distance from the Pakistani city of Lahore on the other side of the border is Preet Nagar, now a small village, which was once an experimental township where progressive Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu writers, poets, artists, actors, filmmakers came for creative sustenance in the 1930s and 1940s.
At its height, the township drew creative luminaries such as Balraj Sahni, Achala Sachdeva, Sobha Singh, Amrita Pritam, Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Nanak Singh and Noor Jahan. Brimming with ideas, debates and discussion, Preet Nagar was based on collaboration and community living. The objective was to promote the creative arts.
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