Second death anniversary of Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist, Bano Qudsia is being observed today (Feb 4). Bano Qudsia also known as Bano Aapa, wrote literature in Urdu, producing novels, dramas and short stories. Qudsia is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play Aadhi Baat has been called “a classic”.
Qudsia’s novel Raja Gidh is considered a modern Urdu classic. Among her more prominent writings are Aatish-i-zer-i-paa, Aik Din,Asay Pasay, Chahar Chaman, Chhotaa Sheher Baray Log, Footpath ki Ghaas, Haasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam. The most well known plays she wrote include Tamasil, Hawa ke Naam, Seharay and Khaleej.
In 1983, Qudsia was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. In 2010, the Pakistani government awarded her the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for her services in literature. In 2012, the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) awarded Qudsia the Kamal-e-Fun Award, which is a lifetime achievement award. Bano Qudsia died on 4 February 2017 at the Ittefaq Hospital in Lahore at the age of 88.
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17 November, 2019