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Legendary dramatist Imtiaz Ali Taj’s death anniversary today

April 19, 2011
Legendary dramatist Imtiaz Ali Taj’s death anniversary today

Staff ReportLAHORE: Nation is observing the death anniversary of a legendary prose writer and an exceptional dramatist Syed lmtiaz Ali Taj today (Tuesday), SAMAA reported.Imtiaz Ali Taj was born in Lahore on October 13, 1900. After his education, he started work with his father at a publishing institution, Dar-ul-Ishaat Punjab.During his college days, he showed his literary qualities by translating and directing several English plays, and then staging the same for the college. He sometimes played female roles because girls in his time were not allowed to act.His earliest contributions in publications began with 'Phool', a children's periodical and 'Tahzeeb-e-Niswan' for female readers. In 1918, he established a literary magazine called 'Kehkashan' in collaboration with his friend, Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik. In Phool, he would be assisted by the famous short story writer Ghulam Abbas Ahmed as well as young Ahmed Nadeem Oasmi. He translated into Urdu a Shakespeare's play 'A Mid Summer Nights Dream' and titled it in 'Sawan Rain ka sapna'. In 1922 he wrote 'Anarkali', which became a landmark in Urdu drama writing. This was later adopted into feature films in India and Pakistan.In 1926 he wrote a play 'Chacha Chhakan' which was similar to the famous character 'Uncle Podger' of the English dramatist Jerome. Chacha Chhakan remains until today the most humorous character in the Urdu literature.Apart from critical writings on drama, he also wrote radio plays, novels, short stories and several film stories, some of them directed by him. As the Director of 'Majlis' he republished many critical works of Urdu literature.After the creation of Pakistan, Syed lmtiaz Ali Taj conducted a daily feature 'Pakistan Hamara Hai' for Radio Pakistan. On 19th April, 1970 he was murdered at his residence by some unidentified people.May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and harmony. SAMAA


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