Born in 1922, Sat Pal Sahni started his journalistic career in 1948 as the correspondent of Times of India in Srinagar. Sahni was also an ace photographer and good writer.
He did his schooling from Mission School, Sheikh Bagh and S P High School Srinagar and completed his graduation from S P College Srinagar. He also was associated with the All India Students Federation and was the
General Secretary of its J&K branch from 1939 to 1943.
In a career spanning over six decades, he had combined high professionalism with deep integrity. He held the rare distinction of covering four major wars--1948, 1962, 1965 and 1971.He also attained distinction as one of the best photo-journalists
This veteran journalist had rare collection of photographs involving leading figures in the country including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and national and international dignitaries visiting Kashmir. He had also the collection of portraits of various prominent persons, beauty spots, cultural, religious and historical places of Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu and several other places in the country.
He was closely associated with various senior political leaders of Kashmir and had worked with some of them including late Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad, G.M.Sadiq and D P Dhar.
He was also associated with the cultural activities and was a member of the first cultural delegation which toured different parts of the country in fifties. He also worked as Director General of Information in Farooq Abdulah’s regime.
SP Sahni also headed Journalist Welfare Fund Committee of Press Club of Jammu.