Asia SocietyAsia Society, India presents a Meet the Author discussion on “Manto and the Human Dimension of 1947” with Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor at Tufts University, Chaired by Shyam Benegal, Director and Screenwriter, In conversation with Jerry Pinto, Poet and Journalist

AyeshaJalalAyesha Jalal is a Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, who has recently released her book, The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide. In the past, she has also taught at Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and been named a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge amongst others. Her publications largely focus around Muslim identities in South Asia but also touch upon history and political economy of the region. She has collaborated with Dr Sugata Bose to co-author Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy.

Shyam_BenegalShyam Benegal is a film Director and Screenwriter. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991 from the Government of India. He has also been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. He has won the National Film Award seven times.

Jerry PintoJerry Pinto is a poet and journalist. He wrote the introduction to Manto’s translated book, Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World in the 1940s, and co-authored the book Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai with Naresh Fernandes, which includes an exploration of Manto’s engagement with Mumbai. He won the 2012 Hindu Literary Prize and the 2007 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema. His other published works include Em and the Big Hoom and Asylum and Other Poems.

Event Date: 18th July; Time: 6 to 8pm; Venue: Auditorium Annex, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum), 159/161 MG Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 023.

Urduwallahs are proud to be associated with Asia Society for this event, as Outreach Partner. Hope to see you all of you at the event.

Please click on the link below for more details to the event: Asia_Society_India_Centre_Professor_Ayesha_Jalal_programme,_Thursday_18th_July,_2013

Here is an excerpt from Ayesha Jalal’s book, The Pity of Partition: Life, Times and Work of Saadat Hasan Manto:

The Pity of Partition - book excerpt