AICA marks Sir Syed Ah­mad Khan’s Birth An­niver­sary

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The All In­dia Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion (AICA) proudly cel­e­brated the birth an­niver­sary of Sir Syed Ah­mad Khan, Founder of Ali­garh Mus­lim Uni­ver­sity (AMU) on Thurs­day, 10th Novem­ber 2016 at the In­dian Em­bassy au­di­to­rium. Born in 1817, it is the be­gin­ning of the 200th year of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s birth which is be­ing cel­e­brated all over the world by the In­dian com­mu­nity and es­pe­cially by the AMU alumni with fond en­thu­si­asm.

All In­dia Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion is a Kuwait based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that strives to pro­mote the vast and di­verse In­dian cul­ture. Founded in 2010 and reg­is­tered with the Em­bassy of In­dia in Kuwait, AICA has made a name for it­self by pre­sent­ing qual­ity lit­er­ary pro­grams, con­duct­ing sev­eral suc­cess­ful mushairas (po­etry recitals), ghazal con­certs and other cul­tural events. AICA’s aim is to be­come a plat­form, voice and medium for com­mu­ni­ca­tions for In­dian’s from all walks of life. The evening started with Qu­ran recita­tion by Nadeem Ahmed fol­lowed by light­ing of a lamp and speeches by Shubashis Goldar, Deputy Chief of Mis­sion and Chief Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer from the In­dian Em­bassy in Kuwait, and AICA Pres­i­dent, San­jay Ku­mar Sax­ena.

Se­nior In­dian em­bassy of­fi­cials, K K Pa­hel, First Sec­re­tary, A K Shri­vas­tava, Sec­ond Sec­re­tary and other prom­i­nent In­di­ans such as Sam­ina Ma­lik, Aijaz Baig, Dr Umair Baig, Aijaz Ah­mad Sar­faraz, etc. were also present at the event.

Af­ter an in­spir­ing in­tro­duc­tion about Sir Syed Ah­mad Khan and AMU by cor­po­rate lawyer and AMU alum­nus, Kashif Syed, to­kens of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were pre­sented to some of the key sup­port­ers of the evening by prom­i­nent AMU alumni Mad­huri Jha, Us­man Qadir, Ka­reem Ir­fan, Dr Anis Ah­mad, Mo­ham­mad Zia Ud­din and Nisar Khan along with AICA mem­bers Mohd. Amir and Mohd. Ikram

The evening com­prised of a thought pro­vok­ing play “Let­ter to Gandhi” per­formed very pro­fes­sion­ally by Syed Mujeeb Akhtar, Ahmed Sar­taj and Maria Limdi. Guest of honor of the event, well know Ra­dio Mirchi Murga fame RJ Naved Khan, en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with a funny, emo­tional and touch­ing pre­sen­ta­tion. Renowned the­ater artist and Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Ma­jor Mo­ham­mad Ali Shah, cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence with an hour of mono­logues in English, Hindi and San­skrit.

This was fol­lowed by the Ali­garh Mus­lim Uni­ver­sity an­them sung by a group of alumni and their chil­dren. The evening ended with a vote of thanks by Usama Faruki, Vice Pres­i­dent of AICA in which he thanked the au­di­ence, AICA mem­bers and the sup­port­ers of the event. Nita Bhatkar Chogle hosted the event and kept it flow­ing seam­lessly through the evening.

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