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Urduwallahs are proud to be associated with Asia Society, as Outreach Partner, for their upcoming event: Manto and the Human Dimension of 1947, with Dr. Ayesha Jalal, Shyam Benegal & Jerry Pinto.

bookAyesha Jalal is Saadat Hasan Manto’s grand niece and has recently released her book: The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide by Professor Ayesha Jalal.
About the Book: In The Pity of Partition, Manto’s life and work serve as a prism to capture the human dimension of sectarian conflict in the final decades and immediate aftermath of the British raj. Dr. Jalal draws on Manto’s stories, sketches and essays, as well as a trove of his private letters, to present an intimate history of partition and its devastating toll. Probing the creative tension between literature and history, she charts a new way of reconnecting the histories of individuals, families, and communities in the throes of cataclysmic change. She brings to life the people, locales and events that inspired Manto’s fiction, which is characterized by an eye for detail, a measure of wit and irreverence, and elements of suspense and surprise. In turn, she mines these writings for fresh insights into everyday cosmopolitanism in Bombay and Lahore, the experience and causes of partition, the postcolonial transition, and the advent of the Cold War in South Asia. The first in-depth look in English at this influential literary figure, The Pity of Partition demonstrates the revelatory power of art in times of great historical rupture.

EVENT DATE & TIME: The event is is on Thursday, 18th July, 6:30pm. Registration begins at 6pm.

VENUE – Auditorium Annex, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum), 159/161 MG Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 023

Urduwallahs have a limited number of complimentary passes to the event. Do write to us at urduwallahs@gmail.com, if you would like to attend the event.

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