55th death anniversary of Pakistan’s most gifted Urdu short-story writer

55th death anniversary of most gifted Urdu short-story writer Saadat Hasan Manto, who died on January 18, 1955 at the age of only 43.

Born on May 11, 1912 - Saadat was a prolific writer during his short life. In a literary, journalistic, radio scripting and film-writing career spread over two decades, he produced 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches, and 12 scripts for films, including Eight Days, ‘Chal Chal Re Naujawan’ and ‘Mirza Ghalib’, which was shot after Manto moved to Pakistan in January 1948. He also performed in two movies.

It was Partition that inspired Manto’s greatest works - ‘Toba Tek Singh’, to mention just one, which gained him much posthumous fame. India’s Doordarshan television, as well as Channel Four, UK, adapted this play as a telefilm, and it has been staged several times, including in faraway Norway. And yet, during his lifetime, he had to deal with much infamy. His unflinching realism and uncompromising observations of life as he saw it led to Manto being tried for obscenity half-a-dozen times, thrice before and thrice after Partition. Read Full

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