The South Asian Writers and Artists Network (SAWAN) organised a special evening on January 18, 2014, to mark the fifty-ninth death anniversary of Saadat Hasan Manto, acclaimed as the subcontinent’s greatest short story writer.
The event, held at the HRCP in Lahore, was marked by the launch of Abdal Ahmed Jafri’s newly published book “Saadat Hasan aur Manto”, a compilation of writings by prominent Urdu writers like Ali Sardar Jafri, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mumtaz Mufti and Mumtaz Shireen, besides poetic tributes by Gulzar, Majeed Amjad and Habib Jalib.
Also screened was Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’, directed by distinguished poet and playwright Sarmad Sehbai. Well known intellectuals and writers including I.A. Rehman, Intezar Hussain, Dr Saadat Saeed and Mirza Hamid Baig paid tribute to Manto.