News & Events
1. India's most prestigious literary prize, the Jnanpith Award, was awarded in 1990 to Qurratulain Hyder. It honors her for her life-long contribution to Urdu fiction. Miss Hyder's latest novel, CamelF Begam, was also published this year. We congratulate Miss Hyder for this recognition of her work which, we always thought, was long overdue.
2. "A third-world cultural center being set up in Stockholm has been named after India's renowned Urdu poet Mirza Asad-Ullah Khan Ghalib, who was poet laureate at the court of the last Moghul emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. P.L. Lakhanpal, president of the Ghalib Society in Stockholm, said the society was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador Bhaparray Oza. The event was marked by the publication of Ghalib's verses translated into Swedish." (From India Abroad, 1 Jan. 1988). Mr Lakhanpal is the author of Ghalib: The Man and His Verse (Delhi: International Books, 1960).
3. "A television documentary is being prepared on the life of Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. It is expected to cost 400,000 rupees (about $30,000) and will be ready in March." (From India Abroad, 1 Jan. 1988).
4. Roshan Dhunjibhoy was born in Karachi and educated in the United States. She is a producer in the German television industry and has also worked in the Caribbean and in Palestine. According to Newsline (June 1990), Ms Dhunjibhoy is at present finishing a documentary on Manto, which includes interviews with his friends and relatives and enactment of excerpts from some of his stories. Khalid Hasan, whose translations of Manto's stories have received wide recognition, is collaborating on this project.
5. Newsline is an excellent news magazine from Karachi. It carries perceptive political and social analyses and reports as well as regular columns on the literary-cultural scene in Pakistan. Asif Farrukhi, who used to write on Urdu in Herald (Karachi), is now a regular contributor to Newsline.
6. Urdu International is a new magazine in Urdu published from Karachi. It devotes most of its pages to the writings of Urdu writers living in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. (Available from: Urdu International; H-28, Rizvia Society; Karachi 74600; Pakistan. Annual subscription: $20.00.)
Annual of Urdu Studies, #7 14g