Afsaana means a short story. Through Shaam-e-Afsaana, we will recreate the art of story-telling or Afsaana Nigari by eminent scholars of Urdu.
Urdu literature has a history that is inextricably linked to the development of the language, written in the Perso-Arabic script. While it tends to be dominated by poetry especially verse forms like the ghazal and nazm, it has expanded into other styles of writing, including that of the short story or afsaana.
The short story has been a part of Urdu literature for little over a century. During this period it has passed through some major phases including the early romantic period, progressive
writings, modernist writings, and the current phase. Although a number of writers wrote short stories during the first phase, the short story crystallized as a regular part of Urdu literature
through the writings of Munshi Premchand. His notable short stories include Kafan and Poos ki Raat. The Urdu short story gained momentum with the publication of Angaare, a
collection of works by many writers towards the end of the life of Premchand. Writers like Ghulam Abbas, Sadat Hasan Manto, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Krishan Chander and Ismat
Chugtai turned the short story into a major genre of Urdu literature.
The next generation of Urdu short story writers included Qurratulain Hyder, Qazi Abdul Sattar and Joginder Paul. The tradition continues with younger writers like Zahida Hina,
Paigham Afaqui, Syed Mohd Ashraf, Salam Bin Razzaq, Naeem Baig, Akhlaq Ahmed Khan and Moinuddin Jinabade.
Shaam-e-Afsaana will feature:
Dr. Sadiqua Nawab “Saher”
Siddi Sajida Jamal Ahmed
Saturday, 16th March 2019, 6.30 p.m., Hall of Culture
Entry: Free for all Urdu literature lovers on a first-come, first served basis