Ada Jafarey (ادا جعفری) passed away

Renowned Urdu poet Ada Jafarey passed away in Karachi yesterday. She was 90 years old. Here real name was Aziz Jahan, but she got fame from her literary name Ada Jafarey.

She was born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, India on 22 August 1924 and considered as the first female poet of Urdu. Her father passed away when she was three years old. She was married to a civil servant Noorul Hassan Jafarey in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on 29th January 1947.

After the partition of India, the Jafarey family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. Mr. Noorul Hassan Jafarey passed away in 1995. They have three children. Ada Jafarey lived with her son Aamir Jafarey in Karachi till her death. Her other son, Aazmi Jafarey and daughter Sabiha Jafarey are settled in United States.

Ada has written many famous ghazals, poems. She also won the Pride of Performance and Nishan-i-Imtiaz in recognition for contributions towards poetry and literature. Her most famous ghazal is perhaps Honton pe kabhi unkay mera naam hi aaye, which was sung by Ustaad Amanat Ali Khan.

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Rashid Nazir Ali

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