Urdu lit­er­ary event held in Ankara

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—As part of ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at pro­mo­tion of Urdu in Turkey, a “Bazm-e-Shair o Sukhan,” was held in Ankara, which among oth­ers was at­tended by mem­bers of Pak­istani community, with in­ter­est in Urdu po­etry and prose.

They were joined by mem­bers of the fac­ulty of Urdu Depart­ment, Ankara Univer­sity, a mes­sage re­ceived here from Ankara on Wed­nes­day said. The event’s host, Galib Gi­lani, el­e­gantly mod­er­ated the pro­ceed­ings,—com­bin­ing hu­mour, se­lec­tions from ma­jor Urdu poets, and his own po­et­i­cal com­po­si­tions.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme, Sa­j­jad Ra­jasthani, Im­ran Is­lam­abadi, Dr. Nishat Seemab, Asim Mul­tani, Nau­man Zameer Nau­man, Prof. Qa­mar ul Is­lam Qa­mar, and Shabih Haider Shabih pre­sented their po­et­i­cal ren­di­tions.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Urdu Depart­ment pre­sented se­lec­tions from Parveen Shakir, Faiz Ah­mad Faiz, and Ahmed Faraz. Prof. Dr. A.B. Ashraf read a ‘sketch’ rem­i­nisc­ing about his stay in Ankara in the early 1990s and lit­er­ary ac­tiv­i­ties held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pak­istan Em­bassy at the time.

Wel­com­ing the ini­tia­tive to hold the lit­er­ary evening, Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan So­hail Mah­mood un­der­lined that in­ten­si­fy­ing Pak­istan-Turkey cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion was a pri­or­ity for both the gov­ern­ments. He lauded the ac­tiv­i­ties held in Is­tan­bul and Ankara in con­nec­tion with the com­ple­tion of 100 years of teach­ing of Urdu lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture in Turkey.—APP

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