11th MAY, 2012

The first program organized from the PST platform for the year 2012 was Rendition of “Saif-ul-Muluk” a classic story written in poetic verse by Mian Mohammad Bakhsh who was a Sufi saint and a Punjabi/Pahari poet. He is especially renowned as the author of a book of poetry called Saif-ul-Muluk. Although he has many other famous works to his credit. Mian Muhammad Bakhsh's ancestors belonged to Gujrat and had later settled in the Mirpur District of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. He was born in a village called Khari Sharif, situated near Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.

The classic fable tells the story of Prince Saif-ul-Muluk’s love for fairy princess, Badr-ul-Jamal. The fable belongs to Hazara region of our country and has fascinated the literature and folk lovers for centuries. Also one of the most beautiful lakes of the world ‘Jheel Saif-ul-Muluk” named after the prince is situated in the northern part of Pakistan.
The poem is written in Hindko language and is very popular in Potohar, Kashmir, Hazara regions as well as the rest of Pakistan.

The “Rendition of Saif-ul-Muluk” organized for the Trust by Mr. Iqbal Muzaffar and Mrs. Raana Seerat kept the audience engrossed and entertained. It was held at NESCOM Club, Islamabad on Friday 11th May, 2012. The program for the evening consisted of Rendition of Perveen Shakir’s poem “Saif-ul-Muluk” by Miss. Mahbooba Razzak, rendition of classic fable “Saif-ul-Muluk” by Mr. Saifullah, violin performance by Ustad Raees Khan, rendition of Allama Iqbal’s poetry by students of COMSAT.

The Chairperson Mrs. Parveen Qadir Agha welcomed the members and their guests. She informed the audience of Perveen Shakir Trust’s literary activities. The evening opened with rendition of Perveen Shakir’s poem “Saif-ul-Muluk” from her second poetry collection “Sud Burg” (1980).


The rendition was followed by Allama Iqbal’s poetry sung by the students of COMSAT. Then Mr. Saifullah enthralled the audience by his rendition of the classic poetic verse narrating the long arduous journey of Prince Saif-ul-Muluk in search of his beloved fairy princess Badr-ul-Jamal.

The story goes that the prince waited by the lake where there was no habitation no food, nothing for 12 years when finally he saw the fairy come to bathe with her maids and friends in the lake only to discover that her soul was trapped in the tallest mountain of the Lake "Saif-ul-Muluk" and the mountain was "Malka Purbat" which means "the Mountain of the Fairies". The prince also found out that the fairy princess was bound to a jinn and that she could only be freed on his death. The prince succeeded in finding the talisman in which the soul of the jinn was hidden. The prince fought a 40 year war to liberate his beloved. Mian Mohammad Bakhsh has beautifully narrated the prince’s love for the fairy and his long and arduous journey in quest of his beloved. The legend has it that both the prince and the fairy live in the centre of the lake Saif-ul-Muluk, and on every full moon night they emerge mounted on a white flying horse, the Pegasus, from the centre of the beautiful lake.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the rendition by Mr. Saifullah. This was followed by violin performance by Ustad Raees Khan. He played some of the famous ghazals and popular Indian numbers which was enjoyed by everyone.

The performance was followed by dinner.

Here are some photos of the evening……………………..

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