January 25, 2021
January 18th marked Saadat Hasan Manto’s 108th death anniversary. Acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century Urdu writers, he wrote on topics typically considered taboo for his time. Over his lifetime, he produced 22 short story collections, a novel, five series of radio plays, three essay collections, and two personal sketch collections. Manto was known to write about the tough truths of society about which nobody dared speak. To date, writers and critics hold his short stories in high esteem.
Our distinguished guests for our session on Manto and his work will be Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra and Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, and the session will be moderated by Adeel Hashmi.
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm (PST)
Join us for this interesting conversation!
Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra
Educationist, Public Intellectual, Culture Expert, Gender Specialist, Human Rights Activist and Social Nationalist, Dr. Zehra has gained a prominent position in society due to her exemplary work. Among her many achievements, her role as Chairperson, National Commission on Status of Women, Pakistan, contribution to promotion of the arts, especially literature, and teaching are most cherished to her. She has many national and international awards. Dr. Zehra has also been honoured as a Fellow of National College of Arts, Lahore.
Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed
A playwright, an art critic, a short story writer, a poet, a professor, and a columnist, Dr. Syed holds a Masters in Urdu Language and Literature from the University of the Punjab, Lahore and a PhD from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. He has previously served as the Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV at Beaconhouse National University and has a number of publications and successful TV dramas to his credit. Dr. Syed has also served as a Media Consultant for PTV, private TV channels and a number of NGOs. He has been awarded the ‘Best Writer NTM Award’ for five consecutive years, 15 Nigar Awards and 20 Graduate Awards. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Presidential Pride of Performance award.