Woman Voice in Punjabi Literature

SPEAKERS URGE TO PRODUCE LITERATURE FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
A comprehensive panel discussion highlighting the characterization of women in Punjabi Literature was hosted by Lincoln Corner Sargodha, on March 12, as part of the Sargodha Literary Festival.

The session titled, ‘Woman Voice in Punjabi Literature,’ was addressed by experts in Punjabi Literature who discussed why woman has been conspicuously absent from our literary stage from tenth to nineteenth century.¬†

The speakers discovered the real beauty of Waris Shah’s ‘Heer’ when she fights the odds, when she speaks to the Qazi, the mullah and her family; she exhibits great awareness of women’s rights in religion and society.¬†

KEY POINTS

  • The imaginative construction of women’s sufferings might be essential but not sufficient enough to persuade the public policy makers to change the course. 
  • Women have been portrayed in the Punjabi Literature as a lover rather than the beloved.
  • Woman is the creator, the nurturer and the oppressed as well, who has been the keeper of essential human heritage.
  • Literature in Punjabi should be produced to empower women.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr Saeed Bhutta, a prolific writer and oral historian of Punjab
Dr Sughra Sadaf, a poet, a columnist and a government servant 
Shehzad Rafiq, a renowned Film director and producer
Neelam Ahmed Bashir, a famous fiction writer and poet

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