News & Updates

Poets & Perspectives: Madho Lal Hussein

May 27, 2016

THAAP is organizing a series of events on mystic poets of South Asia from a variety of literary traditions. The… Read more →

Qaumi Punjabi Mushayra

October 7, 2015

Masud Khaddarposh Trust is organizing a Punjabi mushayra on a national level coming Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Heer scholar Sharif Sabir passes away

October 2, 2015

Punjabi scholar, researcher, poet and compiler Professor Sharif Sabir passed away last night on Oct 1, 2015.

Urdu translation of Nabar Kahani

October 1, 2015

Urdu translation of Dr. Saeed Bhutta’s celebrated Punjabi text Nabar Kahani is to be launched/inaugurated at Nankana Sahib on Oct 3, 2015.

Hussain Julaha – A Stage Play

September 11, 2015

Azad Theatre is going to perform its new play Hussain (The Weaver) that is based on the poetry of Great… Read more →

Puran Bhagat: Illustrations from early 1900s

April 4, 2015

I have with me a version of the legend of Puran and Loona with “illustrations by native hands.” It was… Read more →

People of Punjab in the 1890s

March 29, 2015

Found these invaluable photos of the people of Punjab from 1898-99 in a book I was reading today.

English Translation of Heer Waris Shah

February 11, 2015

Muhammad Afzal Shahid, a scholar who has been working and writing about Heer Waris Shah for the past many years,… Read more →

Khawaja Farid Festival in Bahawalpur

February 5, 2015

Punjab Lok Sujag will be hosting a folk festival this weekend (Feb 7 & 8, 2015) in Bahawalpur. The festival,… Read more →

The Idea of a Punjabi Patronage Fund

January 15, 2015

An idea is being floated in Punjabi circles of Lahore to create a sort of patronage fund for Punjabi writers,… Read more →

Maghar Charh Gaya Ae

November 15, 2014

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

Mela Baba Bulleh Shah, 2014

August 26, 2014

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

Bulleh Shah’s Death Anniversary, 2014

August 23, 2014

Bulleh Shah’s death anniversary will be celebrated on August 24-25-26 at his shrine in Kasur.

Folk Punjab Fund for Punjabi Books

July 21, 2014

Our new program to support Punjabi writers and publishing industry.

Love in the Month of Harh

July 12, 2014

Since it’s still Haṙh, let us share a few lines from a Bulleh Shah poem about “love in the month of Haṙh”

Metaphysics of Punjabi Sufi Poetry

June 22, 2014

Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts will be hosting a 2-day lecture series on Metaphysics of Punjabi Sufi Poetry by Dr. Shahzad Qaiser on June 26-27 in Lahore.

Babu Rajab Ali

June 17, 2014

Punjab’s partition didn’t just result in the death of our loved ones, it shattered many a souls too. Beyond repair.

A New Folk Punjab

June 6, 2014

From just being an archive of Punjabi folklore to becoming a hub of information about everything that’s happening in the Punjabi literary and research arenas.

Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize

October 9, 2013

Founded to celebrate the rich history and living present of Punjabi language and literature, around the globe.

Finding the Perfect Heer

February 27, 2013

Sharif Sabir’s quest for the authentic version of Heer Waris Shah Sharif Sabir is one of the most respected scholars… Read more →

Folk Imagination: Women in Indian Love Legends

October 9, 2012

Because of its greater freedom from the constraints of decorum and propriety, folklore is capable of surprising us with unusual portrayals.

Snapshots of Punjabi Village Life

October 3, 2012

A visual testimony to the rhythms of life in the Majha region of Punjab during the 1960s.

The Backdrop of Punjabi Literature

July 31, 2012

Note: This article, by Professor Rana Nayar, first appeared at, which is now offline. We are reproducing it here… Read more →

Masud Khaddarposh Trust Awards, 2012

April 26, 2012

The Trust also gives a ‘Punjabi Sevak Award’ to those who have performed exceptional work for the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture. The big news is that this year’s Punjabi Sevak award is being given to Sohail Abid, the curator/admin of Folk Punjab! This coming from an institute as prestigious as Masud Khaddarposh Trust means a lot to us.

Lahore’s Festival of Lights

March 22, 2012

Mela Chiraghan of Lahore is one of the biggest festivals in the city, celebrated every year for 3 days, the last weekend of March. Also known as Mela Shalamar, Mela Chiraghan is a festival of lights. On this occasion, the devotees of Shah Hussain gather in the outskirts of Lahore and light lamps to pay reverence to the holy saint.

Sufism, A Talk by Prof. Saeed Ahmad

February 11, 2012

Prof. Saeed Ahmad is author of Great Sufi Wisdom series of books and can be reached at Watch the… Read more →

Photos: Life in Rural Punjab

April 17, 2011

Photographs depicting different aspects of rural life in Punjab.

Waris Shah’s Ancestral Home

April 9, 2011

Waris Shah’s home in Jandiala Sher Khan, Punjab.

Danabad, Homeland of Mirza Jatt

February 28, 2011

Hri Southasian‘s Islamabad-based researcher Sohail Abid, yours truly, travels to Danabad, the native land of Mirza, where Mirza and ShaibaaN were killed.

Sain Zahoor Talks About His Life and Music

January 20, 2011

BBC Urdu recently conducted an interview with Sain Zahoor in Lahore. He talks with the frankness of a simple and… Read more →

Abida Parveen Returns Home after Recovery

January 20, 2011

Abida Parveen is one of the most loved Sufi singers of our times. She was taken to hospital on 27th… Read more →