LAHORE: The 61st death anniversary of great Urdu language short story writer of South Asia, Saadat Hasan Manto is being observed today.
Saadat Hasan Manto was born on May 11, 1912 in British India. He was nick named Tommy, by his family.
Though he grew into one the most powerful voices in Urdu literature, he was never considered smart as a child. He passed his matriculation exam in third attempt.
After partition in 1947, he migrated to Pakistan, and some claim those were the hardest days of his life.
He was tried for writing obscenity six times; thrice before 1947 in British India, and thrice after independence in 1947 in Pakistan.
Later his writings about taboos of Pakistan and Indian society became his identity in literary circles worldwide.
Manto spent most of his life in Lahore. He died on January 18, 1955.
On January 18, 2005, on 50th death anniversary, Government of Pakistan issued a postage stamp to commemorate his services . The postage stamp was read as “Saadat Hasan Manto(1912-1955) Men of Letters.”
On August 14, 2012, Manto was honored with Nishan-e-Imtiaz awarded by Pakistani government.
Some of his publications are, Atishpare, Manto Ke Afsane, Dhuan, Afsane Aur Drame , Laazat-e-Sang, Thanda Gosht, Baghair Ijazt, Burque, Ratti, Masha, Tolah.