Qasmi Kahani: A Talk by Raza Naeem

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 | 6:00PM

Join us for a talk on Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi to pay a centenary tribute to him on the occasion of his 100th birthday and tenth death anniversary.

The event will feature a presentation of bilingual dramatic readings from his short stories, translated in English and in original Urdu text, on themes ranging from feudal oppression, sexual exploitation of women, the travails of partition and world war to the inspiration behind the iconic Punjabi film classic ‘Maula Jatt’ and charming tales of children.

Raza Naeem is currently contracted by an Indian publisher to produce two volumes of translation from Qasmi into English, slated to come out in 2017 and 2018.

Raza Naeem is a social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently engaged as Instructor in History at the Senior School in the Beaconhouse School Systems in Lahore. He has been trained in Political Economy from the University of Leeds in UK, and in Middle Eastern History and Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, US. He is presently working on translations of the selected work of Sibte Hasan, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Abdullah Hussein and contributes regularly to Newsline, The News on Sunday and The Friday Times. He has curated and moderated a first-ever edition of Banned Books Week in Pakistan in Lahore in September 2014, a second edition in September last year (2015) and a third edition in 2016 in collaboration with Olomopolo. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2013-2014 Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship in the UK for his translation and interpretive work on Saadat Hasan Manto’s essays. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent work is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic novel The Weary Generations.

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When: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM
Entry: Rs. 200 

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