KARACHI: Renowned poet Parveen Shakir was remembered on the occasion of her 70th birth anniversary on Thursday (24th of November, 2022).
Born on 24 November 1952 in Karachi, Parveen Shakir was a self-made woman and adopted purely eastern style in her poems.
By means of her poetry she not only expressed her feelings but also that of working women.
Parveen Shakir did her Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, Masters in English Literature, Linguistics, Bank Management, and PhD in Bank Administration.
She commenced her career as a teacher of English but After clearing CSS exams she joined the Civil Service.
At the time of her death due to an accident (on 26th December 1994 in Islamabad)Parveen Shakir was working in the capacity of FBR’s second secretary.
Her work was often based on romanticism, exploring the concepts of love, beauty and their contradictions, and heavily integrated the use of metaphors, similes and personifications.
Her famous anthologies include Khushbu, Mah-e-Tamam, Sad-Barg, Khud-kalaami and Inkar. Spontaneity in expression was the hallmark of her poetry that mesmerized the youth especially girls.
Parveen played greater role in depiction of romanticism in her poetic work. She portrayed the issues related to the women. Parveen Shakir started writing at an early age and published her first volume of poetry, Khushbu (Fragrance).
She was one of those female poets who could be regarded as pioneers in defying tradition by expressing the “female experience” in Urdu poetry, her work was often based on romanticism, exploring the concepts of love, beauty and their contradictions, and heavily integrated the use of metaphors, similes and personifications.
Her Ghazals have been sung by several renowned artists such as Mehdi Hassan, Tina Sani and Tasawwur Khanum.
Parveen Shakir was awarded the pride of performance award in 1990 and Adamjee Award in 1976.