Born in 1937, Zehra Nigah is one of the foremost Urdu poets of Pakistan. She was one of two female poets to gain prominence in the 1950s when the scene was dominated by men. Coming from a well-known literary and intellectual family of Hyderabad Deccan, she counts Anwar Maqsood and Fatima Suraiya Bajia among her siblings. She has three collections of poetry to her credit and recently an omnibus of her works has been published in Lahore. She has received various awards at home and abroad including President’s Pride of Performance in recognition of her literary works. She is also a scriptwriter of popular television serials and films.