Siyaah Haashiye directed by Deepti Girotra.
About the Play:
Siyaah Haashiye or Black Borders. What is the written word but an attempt to capture feelings and emotions on paper? More often than not, it`s a futile attempt. The deeper recesses of the human mind and heart can seldom be explored or expressed with words. Language has its own limitations and yet it can serve as a tool to liberate oneself of feelings like hopelessness or helplessness.
First published in 1947 (the year that India was divided), Siyaah Haashiye is a collection of 32 cameos written by Sa`adat Hasan Manto, often referred to as the original enfant terrible of Urdu literature. A man who had little regard for the societal or literary norms of any time, Manto tried to capture the truth of humanity and its downfall as he saw it.
Siyaah Haashiye are vignettes of the partition of India, written with the same dark blood that oozed from both sides on a land that was ripped to pieces and has never quite managed to pull itself together yet. More than 60 years have passed and 55 since Manto himself was laid to rest but the bloodstains of that massacre still haunt generations on both sides of the divide. Dates, places and names have changed but the nature of man remains the same, the struggle against our own self continues.
About The Writer:
Saadat Hasan Manto (May 11, 1912 January 18, 1955) is best known for his short stories,`Bu`(Odour), Khol Do` (Open It), Thanda Gosht (Cold Meat), the present collection of cameos, Siyaah Haashiye (Black Borders) and his magnum opus, Toba Tek Singh.
Manto was also a film and radio scriptwriter, and journalist. In his short life, he published twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays and two collections of personal sketches. Combining psychoanalysis with human behavior, he was arguably one of the best short story tellers of the 20th century. When it comes to chronicling the collective madness that prevailed, during and after the Partition of India in 1947, no other writer comes close to the oeuvre of Saadat Hassan Manto.
So far we have presented Siyaah Haashiye to discerning audiences in Hyderabad, at Natarani (Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad) and at the `Be-Lagaam Manto` festival held recently in Kolkata in May, 2012 by Little Thespian. (reviewed by Times of India:
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