Book Launch: English Translation of Heer Waris Shah

February 11, 2015   /   Leave a Comment

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Muhammad Afzal Shahid, a scholar who has been working and writing about Heer Waris Shah for the past many years, has now translated the complete work in English.

Book launch ceremony at Writers’ House in Islamabad on February 11, 2015 at 5PM. Please join if you can.

Event: Khawaja Farid Festival in Bahawalpur

February 5, 2015   /   Leave a Comment

Punjab Lok Sujag will be hosting a folk festival this weekend (Feb 7 & 8, 2015) in Bahawalpur. The festival, named after the beloved poet Khawaja Ghulam Farid, will feature the folk Jhumar dance, Shehnai and Zail as well as dhol and Bain performances. The festival will also feature a special Marawari folk dance and a camel dance particular to the region. A theatre play will also be stages by Punjab Lok Rahs.

The two-day program ends at folk music sessions that will feature musicians such as Aado Bhagat, Abdul Sattar Tari, Mithu Viryam, Sheza Baloch, Jameel Parwana, Naseer Mastana, Mohan Bhagat, Ajmal Sajid, and Malaika Khan.

It will be held from 1pm to 8pm on the coming Saturday and Sunday (7th and 8th of February). The venue is Craft Bazaar, near Purani Sabzi Mandi, Bahawalpur.

It’s a public event and there is no entry fee. Do attend if you are around.

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Pakistan’s Punjabi language movement demands rights

February 5, 2015   /   Leave a Comment

It’s been decades.

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The Idea of a Punjabi Patronage Fund

January 15, 2015   /   Leave a Comment

An idea is being floated in Punjabi circles of Lahore to create a sort of patronage fund for Punjabi writers, artists, and musicians. A fund several well-off people can contribute towards. Say, Rs. 1000 a month from each patron.

Contributing Rs. 1000 a month is no big deal for many who wish to help. Small in itself, the collective amount can be really useful. If we manage to get 100 patrons on board, it will generate 1 lakh each month, which is a substantial amount.

No, it will not be used for a wazeefa or cash stipends. Rather for different things every month like bearing the cost of publishing a few books by authors who can’t afford it, arranging for stay when an artist or writer visits Lahore, etc.

So what do you think? Would you be interested in becoming a patron of Punjabi? Yes?

P.S. No, it’s not by me. Some friends of Punjabi are behind this.

Maghar Charh Gaya Ae

November 15, 2014   /   Leave a Comment

It’s the 1st day of Maghar today. Let me share with you a poem from Fard Faqir (1720-1790)’s BaaraN Maaha.

BaaraN Maah (or Maaha) is a genre of Punjabi poetry comprising of 12 poems expressing the state, circumstances, plight of separation from the beloved in each of the 12 months of the year. With the changing weather outside, the poems chronicle the changes that happen inside: anticipation, agony, and melancholy.

We’ll share other poems from this BaaraN-Maaha in the first week of every upcoming month.

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Mela Baba Bulleh Shah, 2014

August 26, 2014   /   Leave a Comment

Pictures from Baba Bulleh Shah‘s death anniversary celebrations. Taken on the last day of the Urs—August 26, 2014—at his shrine in Kasur.

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Bulleh Shah Death Anniversary Celebrations, 2014

August 23, 2014   /   Leave a Comment

Bulleh Shah’s death anniversary (called ‘urs’ which literally means wedding or union with the beloved) will be celebrated on August 24-25-26 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) this year at his shrine in Kasur. Apart from the 3-day festival which attracts a large number of devotees to the shrine, there are two programs that we want to notify you about.

1. Punjabi Khoj Garh, a Punjabi research institute located along a serene canal on the Lahore-Kasur road, will be hosting a Bulleh Shah seminar on Saturday, August 23 from 2pm onwards.

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Folk Punjab Fund for Punjabi Books

July 21, 2014   /   Leave a Comment

Folk Punjab Fund for Punjabi Books is our program to support Punjabi writers and publishing industry. Using the fund, we will purchase a modest number of award-winning Punjabi books every year and distribute them using different channels so that they reach a wider audience.

Although the state of Punjabi publishing in Pakistan is improving in some ways but we cannot call it satisfactory. There are a couple of active Punjabi publishers in Lahore, printing some 50 to 100 books every year. Sometimes they are in the position to offer a compensation to the author, but often the authors themselves have to bear the cost of getting the books published.

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