“Children’s literature is growing by leaps and bounds without any government support and the new crop of children’s writers is as talented as those of the golden period of Urdu literature,” Senior Journalist, Athar Ali Hashmi said in his keynote address.
He was addressing to the 15th edition of Sathee Writers Awards’ for the years 2017-18 held at the Karachi Arts Council. Distinguished Urdu Scholar Dr. Moin Uddin Aqeel was the chief guest on the occasion. The event was organized by children’s premiere Urdu magazine Mahnama Sathee.
Sathee Writers’ Awards are distributed among the leading writers, poets and essayists for their valuable contributions to children’s literature produced in the Urdu language. The event tends to be the country’s largest annual literary festival solely dedicated to children’s literature.
Among other speakers who addressed on the occasion were Dr. Moin Uddin Aqeel, renowned Urdu scholar, Saleem Mughal, distinguished writer and former media consultant for UNICEF, and such leading writers as Shazia Fareehn and Ambreen Haseeb Amber. Among other award winners were Jawaid Bisam, Hammad Zaheer, Beena Siddiqui, Seema Siddiqui, Fouzia Khaleel, Ibn-e-Aas Mohammad, Altaf Hussain, Fatima Noor Siddiqui, Azam Tariq Kohistani, Rahat Ayesha, Komal Fatima Allah Bakhsh, and many others.
Started in 1977 Monthly Sathee has emerged as the most popular children’s Urdu monthly in the subcontinent. Despite severe financial setbacks and lack of support by government and literary societies, the magazine is an embodiment of lifelong efforts made by its Urdu writers as well as the publisher.