Bano Qudsia

Bano Qudsia (Artist)

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Bano Qudsia was a writer, intellectual, playwright and spiritualist from Pakistan who is regarded among the best Urdu novelist and short story writers of modern times. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. She wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. She is the wife of famous novelist Ashfaq Ahmed. Bano Qudsia is recognized as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays. 

Title Description
Name: Bano Qudsia
In Urdu: بانو قدسیہ‎
Native Name : Qudsia Chattha
In Urdu: قدسیہ چٹھہ
Famous As: Writer
Nationality: Pakistani
Residence: Lahore, Pakistan
Education: Government College University, Kinnaird College for Women University
Subjects: Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spiritualism, Philosophy, Psychology & Socialism
Religion: Islam
Profession: Writer, Playwright & Intellectual
Awards : Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1983), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010), Kamal-e-Fun Award (2012), Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)
Date: 28 November 1928
Place: Firozpur, Punjab, British India
Spouse: Ashfaq Ahmed
Children: Aneeq Ahmed Khan, Anees Ahmed Khan, Aseer Ahmed Khan
Parents: Her Father was a landlord
Date: 4 February 2017
Rest Place: Lahore, Pakistan
Notable works : Raja Gidh (1981)


With her husband Ashfaq Ahmad

With her husband Ashfaq Ahmad

Qudsia moved with her family to Lahore during the Partition of India.Her father, a landlord with a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, died when she was young. She attended school in Dharamsala in eastern India before moving to Lahore. Her mother, Mrs. Chattah, was an educator. She married novelist Ashfaq Ahmed. She wrote for college magazines and other journals. She graduated from Kinnaird College in Lahore. In 1951, she completed her M.A. degree in Urdu from the Government College Lahore. She wrote numerous short stories, novelettes, television and radio plays, and stage plays. [1] Biography Biography  

Career in Urdu Literature

Words alone cannot depict the magnanimous personality of this towering figure of the Urdu Literature. Born on Nov 28, 1928, Bano Qudsia proved that she had all the writing skills to join the august club of the literary giants of Pakistan. Here writing was infused with philosophy, and inspired by mysticism and the flux of time. Words came from her heart and made eternal marks. She authored several short stories, novels and dramas which remained the living minds. Some of her classic works include: Raja Gidh, Aatish-i-Zer-i-Paa, Aik Din, Amer Bail, Asay Pasay, Chahar Chaman, Chotaa Sheher Baray Log, Footpath ki Ghaas, Haasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam. Her classical writings, including Raja Gidh – 1981 (The King Vulture) is the first full-length novel coated fully with prudence that started her journey towards novel writing.  Later on she also authored novels namely: Parda and Shehr-e-Baymisaal. These novels are generally considered to be some of the most widely read in Urdu. [2] Career Career

Literary Work

During her interview on Value T.v

During her interview on Value T.v

Qudsia's novel Raja Gidh (The King Buzzard) is considered a modern Urdu classic. Her critically acclaimed play Aadhi Baat was about a retired headmaster. The play examined the headmaster's day-to-day life problems and had Qavi Khan acting as the lead character. The play's director was Agha Nasir and it was produced by Tauqeer Nasir. Aadhi Baat was performed in May 2010 in Islamabad at a three-day event which was organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts. Qudsia’s  novel Haasil Ghaat was published in 2005 and was noted for its diction but also criticized then for usages of English slangs than her usual traditional Urdu narrative. Bano Qusia also wrote a book about Qudrat Ullah Shahab (prominent Urdu literature writer) titled "Mard-e-Abresham" "مردِابریشم". The book mainly portrays Shahab's life and how it was connected with Ashfaq Ahmed and his family both on social and spiritual level. [3] Literary work  

List of Books

Bano qudsia

Bano qudsia

  1. Atish Zeir Pa
  2. Adhi Baat
  3. Aik Din
  4. Amr Bail
  5. Assey Passey
  6. Bazgasht
  7. Chahar Chaman
  8. Dast Basta
  9. Dosra Darwaza
  10. Dusra Qadam
  11. Foot Path Ki Ghaas
  12. Haasil Ghaat, Read online
  13. Hawwa Key Naam
  14. Kuch Aur Nahi
  15. Marde Abresham
  16. Maum Ki Gallian
  17. Naqabal e Zikr
  18. Piya Naam Ka Diya
  19. Purwa
  20. Purwa and Aik Din
  21. Raja Gidh, Read online
  22. Saman-e-Wajood
  23. Shehr-e-bemisaal
  24. Sudhraan
  25. Suraj Mukhi
  26. Tamaseel
  27. Tawjha Ki Talib
  28. Dastan Sarei, forthcoming  [4] list of books  

List of Dramas

  1. Chota Shehar Baray Log ISBN 9-69351-998-1
  2. Phir Achanak Youn Hua ISBN 9-69351-823-3
  3. Lagan Apni Apni ISBN 9-69351-533-1
  4. Aadhee Baat ISBN 9-69351-139-5
  5. Foot Paath Ki Ghaas ISBN 9-69351-086-0
  6. Aasay Paasay
  7. Tamaseel
  8. Hawa kay Naam
  9. Dusra Qadam
  10. Sidhran
  11. Suraj Mukhi
  12. Piya Nam ka Diya   [5] list of dramas


Bano Qudsia died on 4 February 2017 at the Ittefaq Hospital in Lahore at the age of 88. Her son Aseer Ahmed informed that she died around the time for Maghrib prayers (after sunset). She was buried at Lahore on 5 February and prayer services were held at Model Town, Lahore. 

Awards and Achievements

Young image of Bano Qudsia and Ashfaq ahmad with Ibn-e-insha

Young image of Bano Qudsia and Ashfaq ahmad with Ibn-e-insha

She won Life Time Achievement Awards, Kamal-e-Fun Award, Best Playwright Award, Taj Award, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz. On February 4, 2017 – heaven possessed her soul and her services towards literature would be eternally adored and her name with her intellectual legacy inscribed among the innumerable stars in the firmament of Urdu Literature. [6] Awards and Achievements  

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