Bano Qudsia – Her literary contributions will continue to resonate for generations to come

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

04th Feb, 2021. 10:04 am
Bano Qudsia

Bano Qudsia, a towering writer and an inspirational personality. Her writings have a profound impact on readers. Readers find solace spiritual guidance through her words. Today is her death anniversary.

She is widely credited as one of the most significant Urdu language authors in modern times.

Renowned for her message of love and hope, Qudsia earned enormous acclaim for Urdu classics like her television play Aadhi Baat (1968) and novel Raja Gidh (1981).

Qudsia was born on this day in 1928 in Firozpur, British India (now India), and began to write short stories when she was a child.

Bano Apa married famous novelist Ashfaq Ahmed. However, Bano Qudsia is recognized as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays.

Qudsia moved with her family to Lahore during the Partition of India. She wrote for college magazines and other journals. She graduated from Kinnaird College in Lahore.

In 1951, she completed her M.A. degree in Urdu from the Government College Lahore. Moreover, she wrote numerous short stories, novelettes, television and radio plays, and stage plays. Words always came from her heart and made eternal marks.

For her lifetime of literary achievements, Qudsia received the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) in 1983 and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) in 2000—both among Pakistan’s highest civilian honors.

Qudsia, the widow of legendry novelist and spiritualist Ashfaq Ahmad, had suffered from multiple diseases and breathed her last at hospital in Lahore on February 4th 2017. She was 88 at the time of death.

Contributions of Bano Apa to the Pakistani literature and entertainment will continue to resonate for generations to come.

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