Perveen Shakir

Picture of Perveen ShakirBrief Life History: Perveen Shakir (Nov 24, 1952 – Dec 26, 1994) was an Urdu poet, teacher and a civil servant of the Government of Pakistan. She was born in Karachi on 24 Nov 1952. Her father’s name was Syed Shakir Hussain Zaidi and her mother’s name was Afzal-un-Nissa.
Perveen Shakir was a highly educated woman. She received M.A. English Literature from the University of Karachi in 1972.   In 1990, she was a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. USA. She obtained MA Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University (USA) in 1991.
In 1976, Perveen Shakir got married Dr. Naseer Ali, with whom she had a son, Syed Murad Ali (Born in 1978). The marriage did not last long and ended in a divorce in 1987.
Her first volume of poetry, Khushboo was inaugurated in Karachi in 1977, which was awarded the Adamjee Award.

Perveen Shakir, as a baby, with her father

Perveen Shakir with her father.

She subsequently published other volumes of poetry; Sad-berg (Marsh Marigold), Khud Kalami, Inkaar and Kaf-e-Aina, besides a collection of her newspaper columns, titled Gosha-e-Chashm.  The poetry books are collected in the volume Mah-e-Tamam with the exception of Kaf-e-Aina. She was awarded the Pride of Performance in 1991 for her outstanding contribution to literature.
Initially, she wrote under the pen-name, “Beena”. Perveen Shakir employed mainly two forms of poetry in her work, one being the ghazal, and the other being Azaad shayari (Free verse). The most prominent themes in Perveen Shakir’s poetry are love, feminism, and social stigmas.
She died in Islamabad on 26 Dec 1994 in a car accident while on her way to work. The road on which the accident took place is named after her.

For more details and photos of Perveen Shakir, please visit the website: The Perveen Shakir Trust

Marr Bhi Jaon Tou Kahan Loge Bhula Hee Dain Gay

Poetry of Perveen Shakir: “Marr bhi jaon tou kahan log bhula he dain gay, lafz meray meray honay kee gawahi dain gay.” - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Grave of Perveen Shakir at Islamabd

Burial place of Urdu Poet Perveen Shakir, Grave of Perveen Shakir (Poet of 'Khusbu') at Islamabd

A Closer Look at Tombstone at the Grave of Parveen Shakir

Urdu Poet Perveen Shakir's Grave Tombstone (Poet of 'Khusbu') at Islamabd Grave Yard

Books by Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Titles of all the poetry books written by Perveen Shakir - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

With Her Father and Elder Sister

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir with her father, Shakir Zaidi and elder sister, Nasreen (Black & White Pic) - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

A Documentary on the Life of Perveen Shakir. Please click and see this YouTube video.

Receiving a TrophyPerveen Shakir receiving a Trophy in an Inter-School Literary Competition.

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir receiving a Trophy in an Inter-School Literary Competition (Black & White Pic) - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir with Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir with Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Black & White Pic - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

Reciting Her Poetry

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir reciting her poetry in a Mushaira (Black & White Pic) - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

1976: Marriage Photo of Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Marriage photo of Perveen Shakir with her husband, Dr. Naseer Ali in 1976 - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

Husband Quote

Best Husband Quotes: "It is helpful for a woman artist not to have a husband." ~ Jeanette Winterson - Famous Husband Quotes & sayings

With Her Son, Syed Murad Ali

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir with her son, Syed Murad Ali - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

At the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA in 1990. She went there as a Fullbright Scholar.

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir as a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA in 1990 - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir Reciting Her Ghazal in Lahore in 1994 

Perveen Shakir Pictures: Perveen Shakir reciting her ghazal in Arts Council Lahore in 1994 during a Mushaira for Jashan-e-Bahar - Photos, Images of Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir Recites her Ghazal: “Chalne ka Hausla Nahin…..”.  Please click and see this YouTube video.

Perveen Shakir: ‘Haan!  Kay Aaj Mein Nay Bee Zindagi Janam Dee Hai’ In 1978, Perveen Shakir’s son, Syed Murad Ali, was born.

Poetry of Perveen Shakir: "Haan! Kay aaj mein nay bhee zindagi janam dee hai" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Couplet of Perveen Shakir: ‘Uss nay khushboo ki tarah meri pazeerai ki ‘

Poetry of Perveen Shakir: Couplet of Perveen Shakir, "Uss nay khushboo ki tarah meri pazeerai ki" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Couplet of Perveen Shakir: ‘Baat tou such hai magar baat hai ruswai ki’

Poetry of Perveen Shakir: Couplet of Perveen Shakir; " Kaisay keh doon kay mujhay chorre diya uss nay, Baat tou such hai magar baat hai ruswai ki" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Couplet of Perveen Shakir: ‘Buss yehi baat hai achi meray harjai ki’

Poetry of Perveen Shakir: Couplet of Perveen Shakir; "Woh kaheen bhi gaya, lota tou merray pass aya. Buss yehi baat hai achi meray harjai ki" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Ghazal of Perveen Shakir: “Koo ba koo phehal gai baat shanasai ki….”

Poetry of Perveen Shakir:  Ghazal of Perveen Shakir; "Koo ba koo phehal gai baat shanasai ki" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Perveen Shakir Reads Her Ghazal “Koo ba koo phehal gai baat shanasai ki….”

Woh Dilnawaz Lamhay bhi gaye Ruttoun may aaye

Parveen Shakir Poetry :Woh dilnawaz lamhay bhi gaye ruttoun may aaye - Urdu Poetry

Mehdi Hassan Sings Perveen Shakir’s Ghazal: “Koo ba koo phehal gai baat shanasai ki….”. For real enjoyment of this ghazal, start Mehdi Hassan’s video and then scroll up and read the ghazal while listening to Mehdi Hassan.

Ghazal of Perveen Shakir: “Bakht say koi shikayat hai na aflaak say hai…” 

Perveen Shakir Romantic Poetry: Ghazal of Perveen Shakir; "Bakht say koi shikayat hai na aflaak say hai, Yehi kia kum hai kay nisbat mujhay iss khaak say hai" .- Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Correction of a Mistake on the Internet about Ghazal of Perveen Shakir

Perveen Shakir Romantic Poetry: Correction of a mistake on the Internet about Ghazal of Perveen Shakir, "Bakht say koi shikayat hai na aflaak say hai."

Perveen Shakir Reads Her Ghazal: “Bakht say koi shikayat hai na aflaak say hai…”For real enjoyment of this ghazal, start this YouTube video and then scroll up and read the ghazal while listening to Perveen Shakir.

Ghazal of Perveen Shakir: ‘Khuli aankhon may sapna jhaankta hai’

Perveen Shakir Romantic Poetry: Ghazal of Perveen Shakir; "Khuli aankhon may sapna jhaankta hai" - Best Perveen Shakir Poetry

Related Pages:
The Perveen Shakir Trust
Urdu Poetry

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Comments

  1. Ishq jis sy na ho ska os ny
    Shaeyri me ajab siyasat ki

  2. Ali imran says:

    She was a pearl of literature

  3. Parveen Shakir is the best.

  4. Riazuddin says:

    I pray for her. I found very painful in her own life and poetry.

  5. Muhammad Sohail says:

    RIP. May Allah forget her sins and raise her darajaat in Jannah, Aameen.

  6. Dr. Naeem says:

    Flowers must die sooner than thorns otherwise they would be no more flowers.

  7. She was a great poetess, I like her very much. May her soul rest in peace. Aameen.

  8. Syed Moarif Ul Hasnain says:

    خدا تیری قبر پرنور افشانی کرے

    ۔26دسمبر2014

  9. Javed Iqbal says:

    She was really a legend, no more words to say.

  10. A Amir Ali says:

    Bohut khoob……..
    Allah in ki maghfarat frmaey, Ameen.

  11. Thanks for her cultural activities.

  12. Mohammad Abou Bakar says:

    Who am I to write a comment or say about a legend like Parveen Shakir?

  13. Syed Mushtaq says:

    Allah Parveen Shakir ko janat mein jaga day, Ameen.

  14. Jiya Malik says:

    Bohut khoob!!!

  15. Rasheed Ahmed Fani Kohistani says:

    I like Parveen Shakir’s poetry very much, if she had been alive I shall meet her and congratulate her for her poetry.

  16. Shaher Bano says:

    Parveen Shakir ki poetry mujhay bohat pasand hai.

  17. Muhammad Riaz Nasir says:

    I liked Perveen Shakir very much. Had she been alive, I would have met her.

  18. Arif Iqbal says:

    Bohat khoob!!

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