Death anniversary of Bano Qudsia observed today
First death anniversary of eminent playwright Bano Qudsia was observed on Sunday.
Bano Qudsia wrote extensively for Pakistani dramas and also contributed to Punjabi literature.
She was given Kamal-e-Fun Award for 2010 by the Pakistan Academy of Letters.
She was wife to well-known literary figure Ashfaq Ahmed.
Bano was best known for her novel Raja Gidh and had written for television and stage in both the Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play ‘Adhi Baat’ was termed a ‘a classic cult’.
Born on November 28, 1928, Qudsia moved with her family to Lahore during the Partition of India. She did her Masters from University of Punjab in 1950.
Books written by Bano Qudsia include Aatish Zeir Pa, Adhi Baat, Aik Din, Amr Bail, Assey Passey, Bazgasht, Chahar Chaman, Dast Basta,Dosra Darwaza, Dusra Qadam, Foot Path Ki Ghaas, Haasil Ghaat, Hawwa Key Naam and Kuch Aur Nahi.
Qudsia was recognized as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays. Some of her plays gained immense popularity in Pakistan and across the border because of their vitality, warmth and courage.
Some of her best plays include Tamasil, Hawa key Naam, Seharay and Khaleej. The plight of women and other socio-economic issues have often been the subject of her television serials that have inspired families wherever they have been aired.
The Graduate Award for Best Playwright was conferred on Bano in 1986, followed by the same award for three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990. In 1986, she was also given the Taj Award for Best Playwright.