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Summer Course in Sindhi Literature with Attiya Dawood

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Summer Course in Sindhi Literature with Attiya Dawood


A wonderful opportunity for all lovers, students and teachers of Sindhi language and literature! Join us this summer for a weekly course in Sindhi Literature spread over six weeks, with renowned poet, writer and activist Attiya Dawood, as she covers all aspects and eras of Sindhi Literature, from classical to contemporary, together with translations.

About the Instructor:
Attiya Dawood, was born in Moledino Larik, a small village in district Naushero Feroz and has been writing poetry since 1980. She has been hailed as the “most important feminist writer in Sindhi” by Shaikh Ayaz, who says about her poetry that, “each and every poem is lustrous like a pearl”. Attiya Dawood is married to eminent painter and designer, Abro, and is settled in Karachi.

Course Outline:

Session 1 – Historical Overview of Sindhi Literature
Historical progression – How particular subject-matters were treated during specific time periods – Why the literature of resistance flourished in Sindh – Why Sufi poets sought assistance of folk stories – (Sassui Punno, Amar Marui, Mokhi Matara, Moriro Mach…) – Shared and unique folk stories of Sindhi culture – Literature during division of Hindustan and the One Unit – Historical perspective on the nationalist literature of the 70-s – Contemporary period

Session 2 – Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
Brief biography – Comparison with contemporary poets of Shah Latif’s time who wrote in Punjabi, Siraiki, Farsi and Urdu languages – Importance of Shah Latif in Sindhi culture – Poetry of Shah Latif with translations

Session 3 – Khairunnisa Jafri
Life and times of Kairunnisa Jafri – The bold and powerful style of her work – Her commentary on hypocrisy and suppression in feudal society – Urdu translation of “Hostel se Haveli tak” – Other writings and interviews of Khairunnisa Jafri

Session 4 – Sheikh Ayaz
Life and times of Sheikh Ayaz and the political climate that shaped his poetry – Discourse on the style and content of Ayaz’s poetry – Readings of existing translations of Sheikh Ayaz – Translating other poetry of Ayaz directly from Sindhi

Session 5 – Amar Jaleel
Discourse on the style and subject matter in Amar Jaleel’s writings – Reading of Urdu translation of Amar Jaleel’s story, “In Search of a dangerous Sindhi Nationalist” followed by discussion – Other writings and columns of Amar Jaleel including his own commentaries on his work.

Session 6 – Representative poetry of the Contemporary Generation
Two poetesses of the 90-s, Rukhsana Preet and Amar Sindhu – The styles of Nazm, Ghazal and Vaai in their poetry – Feminism and resistance found in the philosophical writings of Amar Sindhu and the romantic writings of Rukhsana Preet

Dates: Wednesday, 18th & 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th & 29th August
Timings: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Place: The Meeting Studio, The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 3000 (for 6 sessions)

***The workshop is open to 8 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday - Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at aW5mbyB8IHBlYWNlbmljaGUgISBvcmc= to register yourself for this workshop***



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