Islamabad -  The renowned national poetess, Perveen Shakir, had passed away in a tragic car accident on December 26, 1994. To mark her 20th death anniversary, The Perveen Shakir Trust held a programme “Aik Shaam Perveen Shakir Kay Saath” on Saturday at the Islamabad Club Auditorium.

The different segments of programme unfolded like chapters of a book. This mesmerizing evening was conceptualised by the renowned short story writer  Mazhar-ul-Islam. Secretary of the Trust Mrs Raana Seerat welcomed the guests and highlighted the events the Trust held this year. She said that the Trust would endeavour to organise such programmes in future as well. The Chairperson of the Trust Mrs Parveen Qadir Agha in her keynote address shared with the audience the need for setting up the Trust after the tragic death of Perveen Shakir. She mentioned the two basic reasons for founding the Trust were to protect and promote the poetess’ work and to look after her minor son. She said that in the last 20 years the Trust has successfully been working for achieving its objectives. In the last few years, the Trust has extended its horizon for the greater interest of Urdu literature not only at home but abroad as well.

As the next chapter unfolded, Mrs. Rafaqat Javed, the poetess’ friend, writer and author of recently published book “Perveen Shakir Jaisa Maen Nay Dekha” shared with the audience her memories of her very dear friend. The high point of her speech was the excerpt from her book narrating last meeting with the poetess a night before her death.  In the next segment the college students recited Perveen Shakir’s ghazal with ‘Taranum’.

Then the upcoming artists sang beautiful ghazals of Perveen Shakir which was very much enjoyed by the audience.

By the evening the audience had finished reading the book. The programme ended with candle lighting ceremony in memory of Perveen Shakir.