Funoon Urdu: فنون was the landmark Urdu literary magazine published by Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi from Lahore, Pakistan. The magazine was started by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi and Habib Ashar in 1963. The magazine was one of the most respected literary magazines in the history of Urdu language. It ceased publication in July 2006. Its publication was restarted in 2009.
Funoon is known to be the best Urdu literary magazine. Its main purpose was to bring new and fresh talent to recognition. Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi himself was the first editor of this magazine. He used to make selections and edit the magazine till 2006. The people who used to be published in Funoon magazine later gained popularity because of their talent, including Ahmad Faraz, Amjad Islam Amjad, Parveen Shakir, Mustansar Hussain Tarar and Muhammad Kazim.
The major sections that were always a part of Funoon magazine are:
- Tanqeedi mazameen (Essays)
- Nazmen (Poems)
- Afsanay (Short stories)
- Funoon e latifa (Fine arts)
- Mazah (Humor)
- Inshaiya (Article)
Restart of publication
The publication of Funoon magazine was restarted in 2009, by Naheed Qasmi and Nayyer Hayat Qasmi. Since then, it is being published continually. Till July 2016, its 137 volumes have been published.
There are various numbers published, some of them are "Mirza Ghalib" , "Khadija Mastoor" , "Akhtar Hussain Jafri" , "Parveen Shakir" and "Jadeed Urdu Ghazal Number".
The first title of Funoon magazine was composed by talented artist Abd-ur-Rehman Chughtai. Later, most of the titles were prepared by renowned artist, Basheer Mujid. Now its titles are designed by Nafisa Hayat Qasmi.
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