[dropcap]I[/dropcap]SLAMABAD – Parveen Shakir (24 November 1952 – 26 December 1994) was an Urdu poet, teacher and a civil servant of the Government of Pakistan. Today, whole nation is observing her 21st death anniversary.
Here’s an insight review of her life: take a look!
Parveen started writing at a young age, penning both prose and poetry, and contributing columns in Urdu newspapers, and a few articles in English dailies. Initially, she wrote under the pen-name, “Beena”. Shakir held two masters degrees, one in English Literature and one in Linguistics. She also held a PhD and another masters degree in Bank Administration.
Books And Contribution To Literature:
her first volume of poetry, Khushbu [Fragrance], to great acclaim, in 1976. She subsequently published other volumes of poetry all well received, Sad-barg [Marsh Marigold] in 1980, Khud Kalami[Soliloquy] and Inkar [Denial] in 1990, Kaf e Aina [The Mirror’s Edge] besides a collection of her newspaper columns, titled Gosha-e-Chashm [The Sight Corner]. The poetry books are collected in the volume Mah e Tamam [Full Moon] with the exception of Kaf e Aina.
Parveen was born on 24 November 1952 in Karachi Sindh.
Shakir was highly educated. She received two undergraduate degrees, one in English literature and the other in linguistics, and obtained MA degrees in the same subjects from the University of Karachi. She also held a PhD, and another MA degree in Bank Administration.
In 1982, Shakir qualified the Central Superior Services Examination. In 1991, she obtained an MA degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, US.
Family, and death:
Shakir married a Pakistani doctor, Naseer Ali, with whom she had a son, Syed Murad Ali but the marriage did not last long and ended in a divorce.
On 26 December 1994, Shakir’s car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world. The road on which the accident took place is named after her.
Shakir’s first book, Khushbu, was awarded the Adamjee Award. Later, she was awarded the Pride of Performance, one of Pakistan’s highest honours.
Upon her death, the Parveen Shakir Trust was established by her close friend, Parveen Qadir Agha. The Parveen Shakir Trust organises a yearly function and gives out the “Aks-e-Khushbo” award.
In 2013, Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 10 denomination on Perveen Shakir’s death anniversary