The Culture and Civilization of Pakistan
The book is comprehensive and touches on every aspect of Pakistani culture covering all its provinces, literature, fine arts, historical places, theatre, film and drama, food, festivals and sports
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So little has been written about culture in Pakistan that this book by Kishwar Naheed must be counted among the very first to appear on this topic. She has been Managing Director of the National Council of Arts, Pakistan, for several years and even otherwise has been personally involved with the Arts and the artists in her professional and private life.
The book is comprehensive and touches on every aspect of Pakistani culture covering all its provinces, literature, fine arts, historical places, theatre, film and drama, food, festivals and sports. There is no aspect of culture that the book has left untouched.
As could be expected from a writer of her stature, in places it is critical of the suppression of cultural activities during the Martial Law of General Zia ul Haq. There is of course a personal touch in her treatment of her subject.
Lab-e-Goya, published in 1968, won the prestigious Adamjee Prize for Literature. ; translations of foreign poetry; and by many works in free verse is the first collection of her peotry. She also wrote for children and for the daily newspaper Jang; published her autobiography in 1994 (it appeared the following year in India); and in 2001 saw her collected poetic work released in a 1312-page volume entitled Dasht-i-Qais Mein Laila.
Her poetry has been translated into English and Spanish and her famous poem ‘We, sinful women’ gave its title to a path-breaking anthology of contemporary Urdu feminist poetry translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad, published in London by The Women’s Press in 1991.
The Library of Congress has 25 works by Kishwar Naheed in its collection. She held the position of Director General of the Pakistan National Council of Arts before her retirement, edited a prestigious literary magazine called Mah-i- Nau, and founded an organization named Hawwa (Eve) whose goal is to help women without independent incomes to become financially independent through cottage industries and selling handicrafts.
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