Banu Qudsia’s 5th death anniversary observed today
Today 5th death anniversary of Banu Qudsia observed. She is the creator of Urdu literature’s masterpiece Raja Gadh and countless other works.
Famous novelist and playwright Banu Qudsia was born on November 28, 1928 in Ferozepur (India). She was fond of writing stories since childhood and she started writing regularly from the fifth grade. Banu Qudsia did her FA from Islamia College Lahore and BA from Kinnaird College Lahore.
In 1950, she did her Masters from Punjab University and got married to the famous novelist and playwright Ashfaq Ahmed. Well known author Mumtaz Mufti in his book ‘Alakh Nagri’ narrates the story of their marriage in a very interesting way, according to which Ashfaq Ahmed’s Pathan family was not ready for his marriage to a non-Pathan girl, and their marriage took place in the house of Banu Qudsia in great secrecy. After the marriage, Banu Qudsia, along with her husband, published a literary pamphlet, Dastan Go.
Banu Qudsia is considered one of the most important fiction writers in Urdu. Bazgasht, Amarbail, Dast Basta, Saman-e-Wajood, Tawaja ki talab, Atish-e-Zairpa and Aur Kuch Nahi are also the masterpieces of Bano Aapa. She also wrote several novels too. Her novel Raja Gadh is one of the most important Urdu novels due to its writing style.
Her other writings include Aik Din, Shahr-e-Lazawal, Parwa, Moom Ki Galiyan, Chahar Chaman, Doosra Darwaza, Hijraton ka darmiyan and her own autobiography.
She has also written several memorable drama series for television, of which collections have been published as well. The Government of Pakistan has awarded you Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Banu Qudsia passed away in Lahore on February 4, 2017 after an illness, after which another chapter of Urdu literature was closed. She was buried beside her beloved husband Ashfaq Ahmed.