ISLAMABAD – The 20th death anniversary of noted poetess Parveen Shakir was observed here on Friday by the literary circles, PakistanTribe.com reported.
Parveen Shakir died in an accident on December 26, 1994 on her way to office. Her death was a great loss to the Urdu poetry.
Parveen started writing in her early age and her first volume of poetry Khushbu was published in 1976. Besides, she brought out Sad Barg in 1980, Khud Kalam in 1990 and Kaf-e-Aina.
She used to write columns in newspapers with a title of Gosha-e-Chashm. She was decorated with Pride of Performance Award for her outstanding contribution to literature.
She devoted nine years of her life to teaching before she joined the civil service and worked in the Customs Department. In 1986 she was appointed the second secretary, CBR, in Islamabad.
She worked as a professor at Karachi University and Trinity College, Connecticut, USA, for nine years before joining the Civil Service, where she served in the Customs Department. She was appointed second secretary, CBR in 1986. She again joined Trinity College, Connecticut, USA, in 1990, and did her masters in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1991.
Parveen started writing, both prose and poetry, at a young age. She also wrote columns in Urdu newspapers, and a few articles in English dailies. Initially, she wrote under the pen-name, “Beena”. The feminine perspective of love and the associated social problems were her theme. Critics compared her poetry to that of Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad. Her first book, Khushboo, won the Adamjee Award.
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