Ada Jafri - Profile & Biography

Aziz Jahan (1924-2015), who started composing verse at an early age with the pen name of Ada Badayuni, came to acquire the name of Ada Jafri after her marriage to Nurul Hasan Jafri. She was born in a traditional household in Badayun where she received her early education and also passed the Matriculation examination as a private candidate. She got counselling on her poetry from Jafar Ali Khan and Akhtar Sheerani in whose journal called Rooman she published her first ghazal in 1954. Following partition, she migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. 

Ada Jafri is rightly claimed to be the first female voice of substance in modern Urdu poetry. Celebrated essentially for her ghazals written in a romanticist tradition, she expressed the female persona with remarkable confidence which

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later found its stronger manifestations in other women poets of Pakistan. Her collections of poetry includeMain Saaz Dhooondhati Rahi, Shahr-e-Dard, Ghazalan Tum to Waqif Ho, Saaz-e-Sukhan Bahana Hai, Harf-e-Shanasaayi , andMausam Mausam . HerKulliyatthat contains her complete poetical works also includes a new collectionSafar Baqi Hai . She also editedGhazal Numa , a collection of select Urdu ghazals with brief introductions to the poets since the very beginning to the present times. She also penned her autobiography known asJo Rahi So Bekhabari Rahi . Ada Jafri has been a recipient of prestigious awards from several important organisations some of which include the Hamdard Foundations of India and Pakistan, Pakistan Writers Guild, and Pakistan Academy of Letters. The Government of Pakistan awarded her the prestigious award of Pride of Performance.

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