Courtesy Amarjit Chandan
Punjabi University to compile work of Manto
Samrala, May 13
Punjabi University, Patiala, will publish “Sahitik Simrti Granth” about the writings of Manto, announced Vice Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh while speaking at a seminar organised by the Lekhak Manch, Samrala, in memory of famous Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
He said efforts would be made to collect writing materials of Manto and to publish them in the proposed Granth. He said Manto was the most sensitive writer of the 20th Century. He said Manto had expressed the grief of Partition through his writings.
Balvir Kaur, Director, Languages Department, Punjab, appreciated the work done by Manto and said he was still alive through his poetry [sic]. She said the Language Department would support the construction of a library in the native village of Manto, Paproudi. She said the department would also provide help in building a memorial of Manto at his native village.
Other writers and poets present on the occasion included Dr Ratan Singh, Bir Devinder Singh, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Rawel Singh, Kashmiri Lal Zakir, Narinder, Mohan Bhandari, Surjit Patar, Gurbhajan Gill and Sardar Panchhi. Later, a play written by Kewal Dhaliwal “Ek Si Manto” was staged.