Join us for an evening of readings and conversation with Zehra Nigah
Thursday, 5th Feb 2009 | 7:00 pm
A few months ago, we were honored to host Zehra Nigah at T2F. Zehra Apa read from her own works and shared delightful anecdotes with the audience. If you missed our last event featuring Zehra Nigah, you now have another chance to meet one of Pakistan’s most prominent and loved poets.
Zehra Nigah will read from the prose of the late Ashraf Suboohi, who will be introduced by Dr. Aslam Farrukhi. Ashraf Suboohi was renowned for his colourful and vivacious sketches of interesting characters from the streets of Delhi. If we’re very lucky, Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi will join us in the audience.
About Zehra Nigah
Zehra Nigah appeared on the literary horizon as a child prodigy in the 1950s and has consistently been hailed as the one voice worth listening to on the mushaeraa circuit. Zehra Nigah views life around her through the eyes of a woman but her concerns are not those of a woman alone. She speaks in a woman’s tongue, using feminine imagery and idiom to make powerful social and political commentary. She has alluded to the bitter war that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh as well as the heart-rending situation in Afghanistan. She has written of the repressive Hudood Ordinances introduced during General Zia’s oppressive regime and also about love, friendship and small everyday joys and sorrows.
Zehra Nigah has published two volumes of poetry, Shaam ka Pehla Taara and Waraq. She says she has never felt the urge to be prolific, to write when there is nothing to say. Yet every word that emerges from her pen, every syllable that she speaks, carries the spark of a luminous intelligence. (Some excerpts from the Hindu Literary Review)
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.