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Legendary writer Imtiaz Ali Taj remembered.

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Exceptional prose writer and legendary dramatist Syed Imtiaz Ali Tajs 41st death anniversary observed on April 19. According to a private news channel, 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 childrens 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 Shakespeares 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. After the creation of Pakistan, Syed Imtiaz 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.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 20, 2011
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