When it comes to children’s literature, Urdu is well-ahead than the rest of the world’s languages being spoken and written today. This was said by Muhammad Tariq Khan, Editor-in-chief of Mahnama Sathee at the launch of its annual edition of the year 2018. He said the government in any part of the world has never been that supportive of literary pursuits, as this is the very struggle of writers and poets who keep the flag flying high as far as the creation and promotion of literature is concerned.
Celebrating its 41-year anniversary in November 2018, the annual edition of Pakistan’s premier children’s Urdu monthly ‘Mahnama Sathee’ has recently been launched. The publication of children’s magazine annual edition for the year 2018 is a milestone in the history of Urdu literature produced for schoolchildren and young adults, particularly in the Sub-continent.
“The young lot of short-story writers and poets are capable enough to carry on the legacy left by such classical literary figures as Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Pirzada Ashiq Keranvi, Ismail Mirthim Mirza Adeeb, Shanul Haq Haqqee, etc.,” said Muhammad Tariq Khan, Editor-in-chief of Mahnama Sathee.
Started its journey in 1977, Mahnama Sathee is one of the leading literary initiatives taken in the Sub-continent for the promotion of children’s literature and family reading and to accelerate the overall literacy drive and education. The 2018-annual edition of Mahnama Sathee contains a literary treasure created by leading writers and poets of the country. Among the most prominent names are: Fozia Khalil, Shazia Farheen, Ibn-e-Aas Mohammad, Usman Farooq, Maham Jawaid, Altaf Hussain, Ilyas Nawaz, Seema Siddiqui, Ahmed Hatib Siddiqui, Hafsa Siddiqui, Bina Siddiqui, Javed Bisam, Hammad Zaheer and many others.