Sargodha University continues its tradition of creating intellectual space for the energetic youth by alluring eminent literary figures on Sargodha Literary Festival (SLF) every year. Over the last two years, SLF quenched the thirst of more than 30,000 admirers of literature, art and music.
Pakistani journalist, television host, analyst and media personality
Sohail Warraich is a Pakistani journalist, television host, analyst and media personality. Warraich most popular programme was hosted Ek Din Geo k Sath on Geo News every Saturday and Sunday. He used to share his expert opinions on the talk show Meray Mutabiq along with host Maria Memon.
Professor of Punjabi Language and Literature
Muhammad Saeed Khawar research's papers have been published in scholarly journals. He received his M.A. from University of the Punjab, Lahore. Before Joining University of the Punjab as lecturer in 1994, he served as a research scholar at Pakistan Punjabi Adbi Board, Lahore. At the Board, he benefitted from the supervision of Muhammad Asif Khan, a renowned li(born 14 August 1966) better known by his pen name, Saeed Bhutta, is a prominent oral historian of the Punjab in Pakistan. He currently serving as Professor of Punjabi language and literature at Oriental College, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Researcher, Poet and Columnist
Dr. Sughra Sadaf is known as a good researcher, poet and columnist of Urdu and Punjabi language. She did her masters in Philosophy from University of the Punjab with distinction winning Gold Medal. She was awarded with Ph.D. degree in Philosophy on the topic 'Main Muhammad Bakhsh's Philosophy of Divine Love' a Comparative Study of Sufi Poets with Special Reference to Maulana Rome and Allama Iqbal.
The veteran 'PTV' producer has been around since the 70s and has been associated with some of the most memorable PTV productions, including BAZM-E-LAILA, MERI PASAND and the PTV SILVER JUBILEE AWARDS. He is considered as a star maker and creator of the most dazzling shows ever produced for Television.
An interesting talk with renowned Music Producer shedding light on his contribution for producing legends in the music industry of Pakistan.
Pakistani-American artist, filmmaker, graphic designer
Mumtaz Hussain (born 1954) is a Pakistani-American artist, filmmaker, graphic designer who was born in Jhang, Pakistan.Mumtaz Hussain has participated in a number of films as director, writer, producer of both animations and short films. Titles to date include the feature length Art=(Love)2, for which he also produced the paintings used as a key narrative device in the film (2011), and shorts Butterfly Screams (2007), Push Button For (2006), Yeh Mera Pakistan Hai (This is My Pakistan) for Pakistani TV Channel GEO (2005), Inside You (2004).
His film Soul of Civilization has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as part of its 2003 exhibit The Art of the First Cities.
Painter,Academician,Art Critic and Writer
Prof. Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan' is a Painter, Academician, Art critic and Writer. For his invaluable services in the field of art as painter and writer, he was awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Pride of performance in 2015 and 1991 respectively. He held innumerable exhibitions in Pakistan and across the globe. His art work is displayed in important Private and Public collections and Museums in Pakistan, UAE, USA, CANADA, FRANCE, UK, INDIA, AND JAPAN.
Art-critic, Historian and Academician
"Mr. Nadeem Alam" is known as an Art-critic, Historian and Academician. He is presently serving at the Art-History Department of the College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab Lahore, and contributing in leading national and international Newspapers and Journals. His interest lies in Western Art, South Asian Art and the evolution of various genres of Art in Pakistan.
An interactive session with the well-known artists discussing the landscape of punjab.
Nadeem Omar Tarar is the Executive Director of the Center for Cultural and Development, Islamabad. Previously he has served as the Director,National College of Arts, (NCA) Rawalpindi Campus. He has also been the head of department and director graduate program, Communication and Cultural Studies, at the NCA Lahore Campus. He holds a MSc. Anthropology from Quaid Azam University, Islamabad, and MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies from University of Nottngham, UK. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Civic Educator, Human Rights Advocate, and Researcher
Mr. Zafarullah Khan is a civic educator, human rights advocate, and researcher. He launched first-ever ‘Constitutional Literacy Campaign’ in the country for the citizen’s socialization with their social contract-the Constitution of Pakistan. His book; Consistent Parliamentary Cord: Fundamental Rights of the Citizens of Pakistan has been published and launched by the Senate of Pakistan. The book has also been translated in to Urdu. Mr. Khan served as Executive Director (May 2016-April 2019) of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) established through an Act of Parliament.
Pakistani Columnist and Writer
Gul Nokhaiz Akhtar is a Pakistani columnist and writer for various TV shows. He also serves as Creative Head at KAGAZ QALAM. He is the author of 12 books and writer of over 2000 TV scripts and plays. Sign me up for newsletter: sent occassionally, and never spammed.
Theatrical and Screen Director and Actor
Usman Peerzada is a renowned theatrical and screen director and actor, and has acted in numerous plays and films. His contributions behind the camera are also well known and he has directed and produced many highly acclaimed projects. He has worked in Numerous movies, made documentaries, worked as an advisor for organizations such as UNICEF, and produced films and television programs.
Civil Servant and Columnist
Yasir Pirzada, a career civil servant (CSS officer), is one of the leading Urdu columnists who have built a wide readership over a very short period of time. His weekly column, Zara Hat Kay – “off the beaten track” – in Jang. Muhammad Yasir Pirzada (born 24 February 1974 in Lahore), a CSS officer, is among the emerging crop of Pakistani columnists who have built a wide readership over a very short period of time. His weekly column "Zara Hat Kay" in Jang, Pakistan’s most widely circulated Urdu daily; and his bi-weekly column with the name "Off the beaten track" in The News, a leading English daily, addresses issues of an ordinary citizen in a unique and humorous style which is original and quite distinctive.
Security and Political Analyst, Columnist and Editor
Interactive Session on POLITICS, MEDIA AND SOCIETY with MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA on 11th March 2020 (11 AM) at Noon Auditorium SU.
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visual artist and an educationist
Prof. Dr Rahat Masud is a visual artist and an educationist. She won several National Awards in recognition of her work as an artist, along with the 'Presidential Award', "PRIDE OF PERFORMANCE" and "INTERNATIONAL ARTIST FOR PEACE" AWARD, in Shanghai, China in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
An interactive session with well-known artists discussing the landscapes of Punjab.
civil servant, cultural Historian
Mr. Sheraz Haider is a civil servant by profession, a cultural 'Historian' by passion and deliver lectures at various platforms.
He produced a Series of Documentaries on Gharanas and lost Genres of Classical Music of North India and Hosted Daily Talk Shows "Mayri Mouseeqi" on Pakistan Television. He has been writing on Music, Cinema amd Dance for Perspective, The "Muslim", "Frontier Post", "Dawn and Friday Times since 1990''.
An interesting talk with renowned Music Producer shedding light on his contribution for producing legends in the music industry of Pakistan
Executive Director of Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication
Neelam Hussain is a founding member and Executive Director of Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Centre, Lahore and a member of the Women’s Action Forum. Her research interest lies in exploring how gendered structures and cultural norms in Pakistan shape women’s experiences and narratives. She is currently involved with research on forced marriage and women’s inheritance rights. She has undertaken research for the Pathways to Women’s Empowerment Programme in the Changing Narratives of Sexuality theme and has highlighted various forms of sexual and gender-based violence in Pakistan that stem from patriarchal structures. She has edited and written a number of books including children’s stories and has translated two novels by women writers into English.
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
Dr Amir Sohail
Deputy Commissioner Sargodha
Through debate and discussion,
unravel the role of Media in
institutions and in creating
robust civic engagement
Gull e Nokhaiz Akhtar
To cultivate book
wide range of books
at discounted rates
would be displayed
at book fest.
A painting exhibition,
portraying the scenic
beauty of Punjab
through the canvasses of
various painters across
25 Artists from all over
Introducing the students with an art of pastel colours in paintings through one day workshop.
: A whirlwind
story of love, death and
an award-winning feature
film would be shown in
cinema for the first time in
An interactive session with well-known artists discussing the landscapes of Punjab.
Mian Ijaz ul Hassan
Dr. Rahat Masaud
Dr. Naela Amir
Dr Nadeem Omer Tarrar
An insightful learning experience through an interactive session with creative people from the entertainment industry to reveal the art of creative production from its conception of idea to its final execution with an essential element of creativity.
A theatrical performance on the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ dramatizing the damaging physical and psychological effects of political
ambition of those who seek power for its own sake.
An insightful talk with renowned music producer shedding light on his contribution for producing legends in the music industry of Pakistan.
Khawaja Najam Ul Hassan
Revealing women empowerment through interactive discussion with experts in Punjabi literature.
Dr. Saeed Bhutta Shehzad Rafique
Neelam Ahmad Basheer
Dr. Sughra Sadaf
Dr Muhammad Munir
Series of paintings, featuring the rich historical roots of the Indus Valley Civilization.
A photo exhibition, showcasing a sport of cavaliers through the lens of camera, captured by the photographer.
A concluding session with our proud Alumnus of 1976-78, elucidating his experiences as a student in the then Government College Sargodha and in the field of journalism as an anchor, political analyst and writer.
Dr Shahid Nawaz
Dr Muhammad Munir
Guest of Honour:
Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri Executive Director, Higher Education Commission.
Culminating the literary festival into exceptional musical night
On 25 March 2020