Araaish e Khayal: Bayaad e Khalida Hussain at T2F

The inimitable Khalida Hussain, who passed away recently, was a major contemporary writer who combines an existentialist and feminist perspective in Urdu fiction. Her passing was not noticed and her writings not widely known to larger audiences in the way her genius deserved. She established her reputation in the early 1960s through her fables which explored states of being and the inner worlds of seemingly ordinary people. She published seven collections of short fiction, a novel, as well as critical essays. A number of her stories have been translated and published internationally.
Students from Habib University have read her work as part of the curriculum, and explored it in detail.

In this session, students will perform dramatic readings from Khalida Hussain’s works focussing on the qualities she was known for, such as precision of her language, subtle and innovative approaches, and powerful narratives with nuances of meaning.

The reading will be followed by 40 minutes of a panel discussion in which the students will be in discussion with Asif Farrukhi on the significance of the author and her work.

About the Organisation:
Araaish e Khayal is a Habib University Club that aims to foster love for Urdu literature among students. It is a student led initiative to promote Urdu Literature (prose, poetry, and fiction) to audiences within and outside Habib University in order to acquaint them with the rich literary heritage of Urdu. The club provides a forum to students that are Urdu literature enthusiasts to expose their talents on a public platform. Previously, members of Araaish e Khayal Club have organised and participated in dramatic readings at Pakistan Chowk Community Centre, Ghalib Library, and other literary events. Among other events, Araaish e Khayal members organised the Shaam e Jaun Elia in 2017 to commemorate the poet, an event that was open to the public. Club members meet on a bimonthly basis for adabi nishists, reading circles, and mushairas that are open to the student body and faculty members. These sessions allow members of the Habib community to share with one another their favourite works from the treasure trove of Urdu Literature.

Date: Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, it’s your donations that keep them going!
Event Link:

Leave a Reply