Aaj Ke Naam at T2F

An Evening to Celebrate the Life and Works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmad Faiz
(13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984)

He was a brilliant Pakistani leftist poet and author, and one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language.
Faiz went on to study at Government College and Oriental College. He went on to serve in the British Indian Army and was awarded in the British Empire Medal. Faiz was a leading member of the Indian Communist Party and one of the architects of the Communist movement in Pakistan.

After Pakistan’s independence, Faiz became the editor to The Pakistan Times. He was charged by the Pakistani regime in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case in 1951, was sentenced to death and spent four years in prison before being released. He went on to become a notable member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement.

Faiz served on the National Council of the Arts by Bhutto’s government; when Bhutto was overthrown by the Zia dictatorship, he exiled himself and went to Lebanon, where he remained till 1982. Between then and 1984 he spent days in the UK as well as returning to Pakistan, where he died in 1984.

In Faiz’s voice, it is as if we can hear the voices of today – Pakistan’s and the sub-continent’s pain, its yearnings for democracy, the cries of its “orphan blood” shed by a spotless assassin, and its conviction of hope. Faiz was an avowed Marxist, and he received the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1962. His literary work was posthumously publicly honoured when the Pakistan Government conferred upon him the nation’s highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1990. Among other accolades, Faiz was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature.

Arshad Mahmud
Zehra Nigah
Khalid Ahmad
Tina Sani
Zaheer Alam Kidvai

Moderator: Arieb Azhar

Date: Saturday, 27th July 2019
Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 1000/-
Event Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/367481313955110/
**All proceeds from this event will go to support T2F and its projects**

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