Indian, Pakistani poets for Mushaira

ABU DHABI - While the governments of India and Pakistan are still in the initial stage of coming together to sort out their political differences, poets from both the countries will be sharing the same stage on May 23 in the capital at the International Mushaira.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 10 May 2003, 11:38 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

This is the second year, that Mushaira lovers in the capital will have a chance to enjoy an evening with the renowned poets from the subcontinent at the Le Meridien Hotel.

According to the organisers of the Mushaira, several leading poets from India and Pakistan will be taking part in the event. Zahoorul Islam Javed, an expatriate from Pakistan, who is also a poet, will act as compere.

Among the poets from India, Waseem Barelvi, Mairaj Faizabadi, Saghar Khayammi, Gulrez Rampuri Shapar Rasul and Rahi Fidai, and from Pakistan Jamiluddin Aly, Dr Pirzada Qasimi, Prof. Afaq Siddiqui, Ataul Haq Qasimi and Rehana Rohi are expected to participate.

Zahoorul Islam said holding non-commercial Mushairas was a costly affair. "Bringing class poets from the subcontinent is not easy. The boarding and lodging and the venue of the Mushaira cost much and a few sponsors are willing to come forward," he said.

"In fact we are looking for sponsors to support us host the Mushaira. Sponsors do not realise that like any other entertainment, Mushairas are also very popular and audiences are huge."

He is looking for support from companies and individuals to make the Mushaira a success. He may be contacted on phone 050 5705264.

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