Saadat Hasan Manto festival in Delhi next week

New Delhi: The short stories of acclaimed Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto are set to come alive through a series of performances, film screenings, readings and lectures at Amdebkar University, Delhi (AUD), next week.

The festival, titled `Manto-Age`, to mark the writer`s 100th birth anniversary, will be held Oct 29-31 at AUD`s Kashmere Gate campus, said a varsity official.

There will be dramatised readings of Manto`s stories and writings ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘Khol Do’, ‘Ek Ek Katre Ka Mujhe Dena Pada Hisaab’, ‘Stars from Another Sky’ and autobiographical notes.

There will also be theatre performances of ‘Dafa 292’ by the National School of Drama repertory, ‘Manto Ke Kalam Se’ by Theatrewala Productions, and ‘Ek Mulaqat Manto Se’ a solo act by Ashwad Bhatt.

The festival also includes a rarely seen film, ‘Kali Salwar’ (2002) based on Manto`s short story by filmmaker Farida Mehta, who will also be present.

The other films include documentaries on Manto`s life and Sohrab Modi`s ‘Mirza Ghalib’ (1954), a film scripted by Manto.

Scholars Sohail Hashmi, Ira Bhasker and Tarun Saint will speak on the writer.

"The festival will highlight all aspects of Manto: the author, iconoclast, journalist and screenwriter," said Deepan Sivaraman, an associate professor of theatre at AUD. "It is open to all."