India-Pakistan poetry session slated for Aug 27

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE second annual Urdu poetry session, Mushaira, will be held in Dubai on Aug 27. Prominent Urdu poets from India, Pakistan and UAE are slated to participate in the event.
Unveiling the details of the occasion at a press conference held at Ghurair Rotana, Dubai, the organisers said the poetry session will be a grand celebration of independence aiming to promote one of the most prominent and widely spoken languages in South Asia.
The Mushaira is organised by Bazm-e-Urdu, a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organisation, on Aug.27 at the Iranian Club, Oud Metha Road in Dubai.facebook-20150814-030458
The organisation was formed to serve the interest of the Urdu language, the fourth largest spoken language in the world, mainly in the Indian sub-continent region. The event is being organised to celebrate the Independence Days of India and Pakistan, two countries where Urdu is a prominent language used daily.
The poets who will enthral the audience include Anwar Shaoor, Abbas Tabish, Ahmad Salman, Salman Gilani and Rakshanda Naveed from Pakistan as well as Manzar Bhopali, Mehshar Afridi, Iqbal Ashar, Johar Kanpuri, Haseeb Soz, Agha Sarosh, Ashok Sahil, Mohamed Aijaz and Khushboo Rampuri from India. Dr Zubair Farooq from the UAE will also share the stage along with Abrar Kashif, who will host the session.
Padma Shree Muzaffar Ali, the famous Bollywood filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music lover, a revivalist, and a social worker will be the chief guest. He is the producer and director of a 1981 classic movie called Umrao Jaan.
The event will also be graced by prominent Bollywood actor Raza Murad, who is known for his powerful voice. Murad has featured in more than 200 movies in different roles. He is an extremely versatile actor who has left an indelible mark on Bollywood. He is an extremely articulate orator and Urdu is his mother tongue.
Rehan Khan, one of the organisers, told the media that the Bazm-e-Urdu launched an award in 2014 to recognise the services of personalities from the region for the promotion of Urdu language.
“The second Josh-e-Urdu award will be conferred on Shams-ur-Rahman Faruqi, the most prominent Urdu critic based in India. He is a retired Indian civil servant and has spent his entire life serving Urdu. He is already a recipient of Sarswati Award, the highest literary award in India,” he said.
The Josh-e-Urdu Award was been initiated by Bazm-e-Urdu in memory of Josh Malihabadi, one of the most prominent poets of the last century, for service to Urdu language. Josh is one of the very few personalities in the world who has been conferred with both Padma Shree Award in India and Nishan-e-Pakistan Award in Pakistan. His literary contributions to Urdu are unrivalled.
Bazm-E-Urdu is an organisation which is run by volunteers, who are professionals working in different local and multinational companies in UAE. They are brought together by their love for Urdu.
-Published in The Gulf Today | Aug 16, 2015

~ by jamilkhan on August 17, 2015.

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