Bano Qudsia (born 1928) is a writer, intellectual, playwright and spiritualist from Pakistan who writes Urdu novels and short stories. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh and has written for television and stage in both the Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play Aadhi Baat has been called “a classic”.
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.
Works and honors
She wrote numerous short stories, novelettes, television and radio plays, and stage plays. Her short stories include “Baz Gasht”, “Amar Bail”, “Doosra Darwaza” and “Twajju ki Talib”. She wrote the novel Raja Gidh which revolves around the symbol of a vulture that feeds on dead flesh and carcasses with the premise that indulgence in the forbidden leads to physical and mental degeneration. Her plays include Tamasil, Hawa key Naam, Seharay and Khaleej. The plight of women and other socio-economic issues have often been the subject of her television serials. The Graduate Award for Best Playwright was conferred on Bano in 1986, followed by the same award for three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990. In 1986, she was also given the Taj Award for Best Playwright