Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mansha Yaad is no more

Jumbo Editorial Team

Noted short story writer and novelist, Muhammed Mansha Yaad, is no more. He died of heart ailments at the Islamic International Hospital in Islamabad on October 15 and was laid to rest at the H-8 Graveyard the following day. He was 74. Also a prominent playwright and critic, he has left behind three sons, one daughter and a widow.

A large number of people from all walks of life, including writers, poets, intellectuals, colleagues and friends participated in his funeral to pay their last homage to the great literary figure. His death was condoled by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Mansha Yaad was awarded the Pride of Performance in 2004 in recognition of his invaluable contribution to literature. He also received a PTV award for his drama serial Rahain in 1988 and Waris Shah literary award of the Pakistan Academy of Letters for his collection of Punjabi short stories, Wagda Pani.

His first short story was published in 1955, and short story collection Band Muthi Mein Jugnu in 1975. He was the author of nine books comprising eight short story collections in Urdu and one in Punjabi.

He was born in 1937 in Thatta Nastar village of Sheikhupura on September 5, 1937. His father, Haji Nazir Ahmed, was a farmer and hakeem.

He had started writing stories and poems for children magazines when he was only a student of class VII. He passed examinations of Fazil-i-Urdu in 1964, BA in 1965, MA (Urdu) in 1967 and MA (Punjabi) in 1972 from the University of Punjab as external student.

Mansha Yaad joined the Public Relations department of Capital Development Authority (CDA) in 1960. He’s credited to have founded quite a few literary organizations, including the Halqa Arbab-i-Zauq in Islamabad.

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