(Dramatic Readings) Jashn-E-Qalam: Amrita Pritam, Ismat Chughtai & Qurratul Ain Haider


Literature mirrors society and great writers are seers of life! Jashn-E-Qalam celebrates the genius of eminent litterateurs with Dramatic Readings and Performances of their notable works. In the process becoming a reason for us to meet, share and most importantly, listen!

Ismat Chughtai (August 15, 1915 – October 24, 1991)

An intense individualist and iconoclast, her output was prolific and her work widely acclaimed in India, Pakistan, and elsewhere around the world. Ismat’s short stories are of seminal importance in illustrating the development, acceptance, and historical progress of Indian women writers. Her fiction is outspoken, humorous, sometimes cynical but always energetic and convincing.

Amrita Pritam (August 31, 1919 – October 31, 2005)

Many describe Amrita Pritam as the goddess of defiance, a rebel and a revolutionary who lived her life with utmost intensity. She had the sensitivity and rare gift of ability to give tender expression to human sorrow and alienation. A versatile talent, her poems, novels, short stories and essays have been translated into numerous regional and foreign languages. Known as the most important voice for women in Punjabi literature, she has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, Bharatiya Jnanpith award and the Padma Vibhushan.

Quarratul Ain Haider (January 20, 1928 – August 21, 2007), is among those writers of Urdu fiction, who continue to influence every generation of writers in South Asia. She is credited for introducing a unique narrative technique into the vernacular novel helping it become a serious genre of hitherto poetry-oriented Urdu literature.

Her magnum opus ‘Aag ka Dariyaa’ traces the trajectory of the Indian people from the Mauryan period to modern times and portrays an immense smorgasbord of cultures and identities while remaining true to the spirit of liberal humanism that was the hallmark of both her writing and her personality.

Shashwita Sharma, Sunita Rajwar, KC Shankar

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