1912 – 1989
Gurdas Ram Alam was a poet of Punjabi language who belonged to Bundala village in District Jalandhar. His poetry is a progressive poetry. He was a Dalit by caste, which is considered the lowest of all castes in Indian Society. He was the first Dalit Punjabi poet. He never went to school as he started working as a child. Having worked as child labor he experienced exploitations of lower classes at the hands of the rich which encouraged him to express himself through poetry. He learned a bit of writing and reading from his friends and in no time proved his stature in literary world.