Fehmida Riaz

Fahmida Riaz (Urdu: فہمیدہ ریاض) is a well known Progressive Urdu writer, poet, and feminist of Pakistan. Along with Zehra Nigah, Parveen Shakir, and Kishwar Naheed, Riaz is amongst the most prominent female Urdu poets in Pakistan. She is author of Godaavari, Khatt-e Marmuz, and Khana e Aab O Gil, the first translation of the Masnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi from Farsi into Urdu. She has also translated the works of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and Shaikh Ayaz from Sindhi to Urdu.

Early life

Fahmida Riaz was born on July 28, 1946 in a literary family of Meerut, UP, India. Her father, Riaz-ud-Din Ahmed, was an educationist, who had a great influence in mapping and establishing the modern education system for Sindh. Her family settled in Hyderabad following her father's transfer to Sindh. Fahmida learnt about Urdu and Sindhi literature in childhood, and later learnt Persian. Her early life was marked by the loss of her father when she was just 4 years old. She had already been writing poetry at this young age. Her mother, Husna Begum, supported the family through entrepreneurial efforts until Fahmida entered college, when she started work as a newscaster for Radio Pakistan. Fahmida's first poetry collection was written at at this time.