KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier children’s monthly, Mahnama Sathee, is going to celebrate its 40-year anniversary in November, achieving a milestone in the history of Urdu literature produced for schoolchildren and young adults.
The magazine started its journey in 1977 and is now one of the leading literary initiatives taken in the Subcontinent for the promotion of children’s literature and family reading, as well as to accelerate the overall literacy drive and education in the country. “The ruby year’s edition of Mahnama Sathee proves the fact that the journey of children’s literature in Pakistan has come a long way,” said Tariq Ahmed Khan, the editor of Mahnama Sathee.
According to him, despite the fact that the modern, digital age is ruled by smartphones and high-tech telecommunication devices, the incessant efforts being made by Mahnama Sathee, a nonprofit publication since its inception, deserves appreciation and gratitude for playing a significant role in the promotion of reading habits among the younger generation, he said.
The ruby year edition of Mahnama Sathee for the month of November, 2017, will contain a literary treasure created by leading writers and poets of the country. Among the most prominent names are: Mir Shahid Hussain, Ather Ali Hashmi, Ahmed Hatib Siddiqui, Hafsa Siddiqui, Bina Siddiqui, Javed Bisam, Hammad Zaheer and many others.