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An evening for Urdu poetry

Saman Haziq / 23 April 2013

An evening dedicated to Urdu poetry saw enthusiasts from all nationalities flock to Shaikh Rashid Auditorium at the Indian High School to attend a poetry symposium titled International Mushaira.

Hosted by the Urdu Press Club of Dubai in association with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Alumni Forum UAE, the star attraction of the event was famous poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar.

A participating member of Indian Parliament, other poets accompanying Akhtar on the night included Shakil Jamali, Tahir Faraz, Afzal Manglori, Nomaan Siddiqui, Mukhtar Yusufi, Jalees Sherwani, Dr S A Wasti, Sundar Maleganvi, Shakeel Shamsi and Emirati poet Dr Zubair Farooq, who enthralled the audience with his melodious Urdu renditions.

The show started with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by a brief report card of how Urdu is faring in the world and is not only limited to a region or religion but how it obliterates all barriers and brings together all (especially Indians and Pakistanis).

Veteran Indian politician and AICC spokesperson Dr Shakeel Ahmad, chairman of Minority Commission of Delhi Safdar Khan, former minister of Jammu and Kashmir government A. R. Shaheen, AMU Court member and vice-chairman of Urdu Press Club International Merajuddin Ahmed and Urdu Press Club president Irfan Izhaar and  general secretary Tariq Faizi were also present at the event.

Shakeel Jamali, who hosted the show, recited some poignant couplets regarding our social milieu, relationships, love and friendship.

While poets like Tariq Faraz and noted lyricist Jalees Sherwani recited some serious soul searching couplets, Mukhtar Yusufi and Sundar had the audience in splits with their rib-tickling couplets drawing comparisons between a wife and girlfriend. Afzal Manglori’s melodious recitations describing the beauty of one’s beloved got the public going into such frenzy that Monglori had to be called back to the podium to repeat his romantic renditions.

The poetical evening reached its pinnacle with the star attraction of the show Javed Akhtar mesmerising the audience with some of his amazing couplets from a few of his selected works.

The veteran writer who was visiting such a gathering in Dubai after a gap of a decade, said he was happy to see that Dubai, apart from being a technology hub, was now focusing on displaying its heritage.

Tariq Faizi said that this international mushaira will now be hosted every year on the UAE National Day. — saman@khaleejtimes.com

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