To commemorate the 18th Death Anniversary of the national poet Perveen Shakir a Poetry Reading Session was held on 28th December, 2012. It was attended by Perveen Shakir’s friends, members and friends of the Perveen Shakir Trust.
Mrs. Aysha Farooq opened the session with rendition of Perveen Shakir’s ghazal “Gaey mosum maen khiltay thay jo gulaboun ki tarha”. She said it’s a very apt poem for today. She added that “Perveen ki shairi ki kaee surtaen aur shaklean haen. Inkay haan ehteram-e-admiyet kay bhi kaee chiragh jultay haen inki shiri maem zulm wo jabar kay khalaf bhi kaee bhurpur isharay miltay haen jo is baat ka sabot haen kay wo upnay ird gird kay mahaul pur gehri nazar rukhti theen aur isay pur aman aur khubsoorat banana chahti theen………………
The Chairperson of PST Mrs. Parveen Qadir Agha welcomed the guests to the Poetry Reading Session.
She said along with Perveen’s poetry we will be reading the poetry of other poets too. She requested Perveen Shakir’s friend Mrs. Rafaqat Javed to share her memories of the poet. The Chairperson introduced Miss. Rubina Shad, a student of Islamic International University who read Perveen Shakir’s nazm and her own ghazal.
The guest speaker of the day Dr. Safia Ebaad, a professor at Fatima Jinnah University, Islamabad read her paper “Aaj ki sham terey naam”. It was a beautifully written paper talking about Perveen Shakir’s imagery, her journey of poetry writing and her place in Urdu literature. She said that “shyed Perveen ki shairi khud ko munwanay kay murhaley sey bhi bohut aagey upni pehchaan ka safar tae kur rahee hey…………………..”. She said that she has introduced Perveen Shakir’s poetry in the University syllabus. Students do assignments and write papers on Perveen Shakir’s poetry. We read and discuss her work…………….”Tub Perveen mujhey adabi classic ki aik shandar rawayet ki rida orhay nazar aati hey………..”The paper by Dr. Safia Ebaad was well appreciated.
Mrs. Rafaqat Javed, friend of Perveen Shakir shared her thoughts and memories of her very dear friend. She said that “It is very difficult to talk about Perveen. We were very close. We were like sisters. Perveen shared all her sorrows and happiness with me……………..” She said it was very difficult to accept the fact that Perveen was gone. It took her a long time to accept that she was no more.
Miss. Rubina Shad, a student of International Islamic University, Islamabad, herself a poet and a writer said she wished she had met Perveen Shakir once. She read Perveen Shakir’s nazm “Larkiyan Udas Haen” followed by her own ghazal “Iztrab” which was much appreciated by the audience. Both the poems were in Braille. All the guests admired Rubina’s courage and confidence, and wished her well. Rubina Shad’s poem is presented here for the readers of Urdu poetry.