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).