Sripad Bhat, theatre director from Sirsi, said on Wednesday that writer Saadat Hassan Manto (1912-1955) focused on emotions in his works.

He was speaking at the “Salam Manto” programme organised by the district unit of Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike (KKSV) and Rathabeedi Geleyaru at MGM College here.

Mr. Bhat said that Manto’s works portrayed the realities of society. He had also focused on the plight of women in his works. His works also had deep insight into emotions. He tried to puncture the hollow thinking of the middleclass in his times. He wrote 22 anthologies of short stories besides many radio plays, three collections of essays and a novel.

K. Phaniraj, vice-president of the district unit of KKSV, welcomed the gathering. Subrahmanya Joshi, secretary of Rathabeedi Geleyaru, proposed a vote of thanks. Writers G. Rajashekhar and Muralidhar Upadhya Hiriyadka, and principal of MGM College P.V. Gowda were present.

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