Saadat Hasan Manto remembered on his 108th birth anniversary
LAHORE (92 News) – Renowned great Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto remembered on his 108th birth anniversary on Monday (today).
Saadat Hasan Manto was born on May 11, 1912 in Samrala, Ludhiana, British India. He migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947. Most of his lifetime Manto resided in Lahore. He died on January 18, 1955.
Some of his publications are, Atishpare, Manto Ke Afsane, Dhuan, Afsane Aur Drame, Laazat-e-Sang, Thanda Gosht, Baghair Ijazat, Burque, Ratti, Masha and Tolah.
Manto was an Indian and Pakistani writer, playwright and author who produced some collections of short stories, a novel, radio plays, essays and collections of personal sketches.
He was known for his high esteemed best short stories which exposed the hard truths of society that no one dared to talk about. He is best known for his stories about the partition of India, which he opposed, immediately following independence in 1947.
He is acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century Urdu writers and two biographical films on Manto have been made so far.
During the last two decades many stage productions presented Manto’s character exposing harsh socio-economic realities of post partition era in their theater plays.
Theatre Wallay ,a non-commercial group of artists in their project ‘Theatre for Social Change’ have produced a comedy play “Aao Hansein” featuring comedies by popular writer, playwright and author, Saadat Hasan Manto to promote the use of creative expression as a tool for empowerment and critical dialogue.
He also wrote a number of famous letters to Uncle Sam, which were published in English language as well.
On January 18, 2005, the Government of Pakistan issued a postage stamp to commemorate his services on his 50th death anniversary.The postage stamp read “Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955) Man of Letters.”
On August 14, 2012, Manto was also honored with Nishan-e-Imtiaz award by Pakistani government.
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