Literature mirrors Society and Great Writers are Seers of Life! Jashn-E-Qalam celebrates the Genius of Eminent Litterateurs with Dramatic Readings and Storytelling Performances of their Notable Works. In the process becoming a reason for us to meet, share and most importantly...Listen!
MUNSHI PREMCHAND (31 July 1880 8 October 1936) continues to be a mirror to Indian society and its traditions. A socialist, feminist, progressive intellectual much before these terms acquired their modern definitions, he believed in championing the cause of the marginalised through his writing. Greed, dishonesty, cruelty abound in this world, as do kindness, bravery and humour.
SA'ADAT HASAN MANTO (11 May 1912 18 January 1955) is undoubtedly one of the best short-story tellers of the 20th century, and one of the most controversial as well. A born iconoclast, Manto displaced many idols - religion, love, patriotism - through stark writing that placed humanity above everything else. In his world candidness is the cardinal virtue and hypocrisy the cardinal sin.
AMRITA PRITAM (31 August, 1919 - 31 October, 2005) is described by many as the goddess by 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. Regarded as the leading 20th century poet of the Punjabi language, she wrote verses that are sung and recited in cities and villages by many who are illiterate - such is the hypnotic appeal of her poetry.
DRAMATIC READINGS OF SHORT STORIES