The Awadh Punch (or Oudh Punch) was an Urdu satirical weekly published from Lucknow, India from 1877 to 1937,[1] It was launched on Jan 16, 1877 and was founded and edited by Munshi Sajjad Husain.[2] It was modeled on Punch, a London-based weekly magazine from which it also derived its name.[3] Some of its notable contributors were Ratan Nath Dhar Sarshar, Syed Mohammad Azad, Tribhavan Nath Hijr, Machchu Baig Sitam Zareef, Javala Prashad Barq, Ahmed Ali Shauq Qidvai and Akbar Allahabadi.[2] The paper was one of the first to publish political satire, especially protesting British rule, in India.[4][5] It had to be closed down in 1912 but was revived in 1916 and it continued till, at least, Dec 1937. [2] The third and last attempt to revive it was published by Ahmad Jamal Pasha in 1959 and closed in 1962.[6]

Awadh Punch
Cover page, 1878
CategoriesSatire, comedy
FounderSajjad Husain
Final issue1937
Based inLucknow

References edit

  1. ^ Wheeler, Ryan (25 November 2014). "Urdu Punch". Houghton Library Blog. Harvard University. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Parekh, Rauf (2019-08-27). "Literary Notes: Oudh Punch: the social, political, linguistic and literary stance". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. ^ Dubrow, Jennifer (2011). From newspaper sketch to "novel": The writing and reception of "Fasana-e Azad" in North India, 1878–1880 (PhD thesis). Departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago. p. vi.
  4. ^ Hasan, Mushirul (6 April 2003). "Political satire in modern India". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 February 2018.[dead link]
  5. ^ Dubrow, Jennifer (October 2018). "Chapter 1 : Printing the Cosmopolis". Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8248-7270-0 – via De Gruyter. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Awadh Punch Shumaara Number-001".