Urdu

Urdu Language having traditions of 800 hundred Years

Urdu literature, be it prose or poetry, has never been short in great names ever ready to produce literary marvels that shape up the diverse and rich structure of resulting literature. All through its literary history, poets and prose writers of great skills and stature have kept feeding necessary elements to keep the flame ablaze till date.
The history of noteworthy prose writers date back to late 17th and early 18th century with the likes of Abru (1683-1734), Abdul Qadir (1753-1814), and Nazir Akbarabadi (1735-1830) to the contemporary writers like Saadat Hassan Manto, Ashfaq Ahmad, and Bano Qudsiya to name a few.
Well, to be honest, this list of contemporary Urdu prose writers seems quite incomplete and insignificant without mentioning the name of Mumtaz Mufti (September 11, 1905 – October 27, 1995). He was born to a couple abode in Batala, Punjab (now part of India) in early 20th century, Mufti Muhammad Hussain being his father and Sughra Khannum as mother.

Mumtaz Mufti set his feet in Urdu literature by writing short stories during his career as a teacher before partition of Indian Subcontinent. He was marked as a non-conformist writer dominated with quite liberal views in his early writing career, mostly under the influence of English writer Freud.
His interaction and intimation with another contemporary prominent Urdu writer Qudrat Ullah Shahab led him towards the transformation from liberalism to Sufism later in his life, equally evident in his later writings. Some of his masterpieces include Ali Pur ka Aeeli, Alakh Nagri, Muftianay, Asmaarain, Labbaik, Talash etc.
His literary brilliance and contribution towards Urdu literature led him to be awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1986) and Munshi Prem Chand Award in 1989, and he has a great fan following.

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