The Voices of Sindh: Poetry and Discussion with Renowned Feminist Poets

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
Books and Beans, N-52-53 Main Gurumangat Road, Gulberg 2

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative along with Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature present

Sindh Ki Teen Behtareen Awazen

Date: September 15, 2017
Venue: Books and Beans, N-52-53 Main Gurumangat Road, Gulberg 2
Time: 6:00 pm

The event will include poetry reading and discussion by Tanveer Anjum, Attiya Dawood and Amar Sindhu.


About the speakers

Tanveer Anjum is a prominent Urdu poet and translator. She started writing poetry, mostly prose poems, in the 1970s and has published seven collections so far: Undeikhi Lehrein (1982), Safar aur Qaidmein Nazmein (1992), Toofani Barishon mein Raqsan Sitare (1997), Zindigi mere Pairon se Lipat Jae Gi (2010), Nae Naam ki Mohabbat (2012), Hashyon mein Rang (2016) and Frame se Bahar (2016). A collection of her ghazals, Sar-o-Barg-e-Aarzoo, was published in 2001. Her poems have been translated and anthologised in various countries. A bilingual (English and Urdu) collection of her selected poems titled, Fireworks on a Windowpane, was published in 2014.

Attiya Dawwod is a celebrated Sindhi poet, writer, and activist, who has been hailed as ‘the most important feminist writer in Sindhi’ by Shaikh Ayaz. Through her writings, Dawood highlights the oppression of women in Pakistani society for tradition’s sake. She raises her voice against misogyny and bias, and advocates the empowerment of women. Annemarie Schimmel has translated her poems into German. They have also been translated into English and Urdu. Two of her poems were published in Jan Goodwin’s anthology, The Price of Honour. She has published seven books, the latest being Ek Thaka Hua Sach (2016) which was published in Hindi in Mumbai, India. Her articles on women’s rights, peace, justice and gender issues have appeared in major national dailies and literary journals. She is a recipient of the Sindh Adeeb Award from Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli Ain Sahat Sabha, India.

Amar Sindhu is a prominent columnist, activist, and Sindhi poet. Sindhu is also a professor of Philosophy and Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Sindh University, Jamshoro. She is a socialist and an active member of Women’s Action Forum. She, along with her comrades, have been publishing the magazine titled, ‘Adrish’ on political, social, cultural and theoretical issues. In 2013, her collection of poetry, titled ‘Ojagiyan Ankhein ja Sapna’ (Jagtee Ankhoo Ke Sapnay) was launched. She is one of the leading feminists of Sindh and is an advocate for the equality of men and women.