Muhammad Umar Memon Ki Yaad Men: Ek Shaam Ali Natiq Ke Saath at T2F

Join The Second Floor on Tuesday, 11th June 2019 to celebrate the work of renowned translator and scholar Muhammad Umar Memon. The event will feature tributes by poet and novelist Ali Akbar Natiq, publisher Hoori Noorani, and translator Zahra Sabri.

Muhammad Umar Memon dedicated his life to introducing Urdu writers to global audiences, and writers from around the world to Urdu readers. In honour of this tradition, the latter half of the programme will be dedicated to conversing with Ali Akbar Natiq (a relative newcomer on the Urdu literary scene) about his own work and his thoughts on contemporary trends in Urdu writing in Pakistan.

Muhammad Umar Memon’s critical writings and translations of modern Urdu fiction played a prominent role in introducing the English-speaking world to giants of Urdu such as Intizar Husain and Naiyer Masud. Born in Aligarh, India, in 1939, he gained a master’s degree in Arabic from Sindh University in 1961. He taught at Sachal Sarmast College and Sindh University before travelling to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1964. Here he gained his MA in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Harvard and PhD in Islamic Studies from UCLA. Thereafter, he remained professor of Urdu, Persian, and Islamic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, until his retirement.

“Every act of translation is also an act of self-discovery.”
Muhammad Umar Memon

“My only regret is that I have one life and there is so much good writing I want to translate.”
Muhammad Umar Memon

Ali Akbar Natiq is a new voice in Urdu prose and poetry. In less than a decade since his emergence on the scene, he has taken the literary world by storm. A prolific writer, he has published several books of poetry and fiction within a very short period of time. His work has garnered tremendous attention and appreciation from literary critics in various parts of the world, with the renowned Urdu scholar Shamsur Rahman Faruqi likening his poetic style to Meeraji.

Date: Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Time: 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated
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