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- Sunday, April 28, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: Fellow artists and writers said on Saturday the noted senior performer Safia Rani had rendered commendable services to the art of drama acting for nearly four decades and termed her death a great loss.


The senior radio, TV and stage artist died at the age of 65 on Friday after fighting liver cirrhosis for three years. Her funeral prayers were offered at the Darakhshan Colony and she was laid to rest at her ancestral graveyard at Hazarkhwani. She is survived by a jobless son and two daughters.


People continued to visit the family home of the late artiste to offer condolence to the bereaved members. They paid rich tributes to Safia Rani, who won several awards, including Presidential Pride of Performance, for her outstanding performance.


Prof Nasir Ali Sayyed, a poet and playwright, described her as a versatile artiste, who appeared in over 500 radio, TV and stage plays of Hindko, Pashto and Urdu languages. He said she was well-versed in delivery of dialogues, camera moves and facial expressions.


A Hindko writer, poet and researcher, Mohammad Ziauddin, said Safia Rani was among those few artistes from Peshawar who had command over Hindko, Pashto and Urdu. He said she lent popularity to the plays in these three languages by dint of her admirable acting.