Category: Culture

Indian & Pakistani Culture

Allama Iqbal letter to Atiya Faizi [Atiya Fyzee-Rahamin]

  Excerpted and translated from: 101 Masterpieces of Allama Iqbal’s Letters. (Allama Iqbal kay 101 Shahkaar Khatoot); Compiled by Abdul Rabb Qurayshi [Beacon Books, Lahore, 2006]. [1] Makhzan was an Urdu periodical. [2] This was a Persian hemistich. Allama letters and diary ‘Stray Reflection‘ are in Public Domain.    17th...

shaftqat amanat ali khan

Ravi Magazine interviews Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan

Interview with Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan   Our music industry has many rock-stars and many Ustaads of classical music. But then there is one and only Shafqat Amanat Ali, the Rockstar Ustad, who is hailed as the master of both worlds. Ravi Magazine had the honour to interview a true Ravian, who talks...

Bano Qudsia, 1928 - 2017

Bano Appa [Bano Qusdia], another famous Ravian, passes away

Bano Appa [Bano Qusdia], another famous Ravian, left us yesterday. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎. Ashfaq Ahmed and Bano Qudsia were both Ravians, who defined the play-writing genre in Pakistan. Bano Appa’s Raja Gidh is considered one of the greatest Urdu Novels. .


Purana Jhoot پرانا جھوٹ – Urdu Poem by Kawish Abbasi

 پرانا جھوٹ پُرانا سچ پُرانے جھوٹ سے گَھل مِل گیا ہے اب تو جیسے جھوٹ بھی سچ بولتا ہے شہد زہر اور زہر شہد ایسا اُلجھتا اور اُلجھاتا زمانہ ہے پُرانے سچ کی سب عیّاریاں سب وعدے خالی خولی پنہاں اور عیاں سب دھوکے میٹھے لیپ کی کڑوی کسیلی گولی...

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Hand Written Letter

Ravi Magazine is an immense admirer of study of handwritten scripts , an art known as graphology, see Allama Iqbal’s Handwriting. With courtesy of Tahzib-ul-Akhlaaq, we present handwritten letter by Syed Ahmad Khan, see below, with Urdu translation.    

Sharmeen Oscar Award

آوازِ نسواں: شرمین عبید

صائمہ حسیب اگرچہ ہم آسکر کا نام تو سنتے رہتے تھے۔ لیکن اس لفظ کی مسلسل تکرار اس وقت سننے میں آئی جب شرمین عبید چنائے نے ایک ڈاکومنٹری فلم پر یہ ایوارڈ حاصل کیا۔اس فلم کا موضوع تیزاب سے جلائی جانے والی مظلوم خواتین تھا۔ صرف یہ ہی نہیں...

Zia Mohyeddin

Zia Mohyeddin: The Master of Urdu Literature Recitals

When it comes to Urdu Literature Recitals as an art form, Zia Mohyeddin stands in a league of his own. Mastering the art of delivering each word with immaculate clarity, Zia Sahib has an exceptional ability to make you feel poignant and joyous at the same gathering. He has traveled world over and it’s an...

Madassa Education

Creation of Hindu ’Madrasas’ – By. R. Talib

  (Text of a talk on “Saffronization of Indian Education” given at the YMCA, New Delhi) I am neither an educationist nor an expert on Hindutva. But in the course of writing a book on Islam and Modernity, I have come across problems faced by Islam in its extremist manifestation, popularly...

GCU Lahore - Faiz

Faiz’s Ek ‘Rahguzar Par’ Poem and GCU Lahore

  Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s extremely early ghazal ‘Ek Rahguzar Par’ could very possibly be a poem he penned at GCU Lahore, probably inspired by the road visited by all Ravians. کسی زمانے میں اِس راہ گزر سے گزرا تھا بصد غرور و تجمل ادھر سے گزرا تھا No other poet...


Remembering the Genius of Parveen Shakir: Two poems for her Son

  Parveen Shakir, besides being the most prominent poetess of Pakistan, was also renowned for her academic merits par-excellence and civil services. She was Fulbright Consortium Scholar at University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut) and expressed a command over global literature as she used western characters to represent dilemmas of our society and circumstances. One example is our recent post, see “Aik Sab Aik...