Intizar Hussain paid glowing tribute at 7th KLF
Distinguished authors and prominent speakers paid a glowing tribute to famous Intizar Hussain throughout at the 7th Karachi Literature Festival who not only contributed richly to Urdu literature but he was one of the keynote speakers at literature festival of past many years.
Hussain's personality and his works were discussed time to time at various sessions and he was being recalled of his versatile writing and contribution to literature of Pakistan which is also having global standing. Speaking to concluding session, Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, and Founder/Director, KLF said the death of our distinguished Urdu writer, Intizar Hussain, three days before the opening of KLF not only deprived us of one of our finest speakers but also left behind a void in our literary culture and sadness in our hearts.
I hope that, in time, more Intizar Hussains and more gifted authors will emerge from among our young writers, she said. The impact of the three days of discussion and discourse has been touching and astonishing. Responses slowly became spontaneous and silence and conformity were replaced by curiosity and searching questions. The discerning Pakistani voice was being heard in the halls of KLF which provided moments of self-recognition for Pakistan.
There were, however, last minute disappointments as in the case of Nandita Das, Anupam Kher, and Rakhshanda Jalil, who were unable to come but this is part of the game, she said. During the year we also suffered the loss of Abdullah Hussain who used to grace our Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals.
Saiyid mentioned that Karachi, one of the biggest cities of the world, is a city of diversity where our citizens are people originating from every part of the Subcontinent and beyond. The many flavours of that diversity are what gives Karachi a special richness and makes it an apt location for the diversified nature of this Celebration of Books and Writers.
At OUP and KLF, we have been trying consistently to encourage young writers as this year we increased the number of annual awards for writing. KLF 2016 saw the launch of our fourth award- the KLF Urdu Fiction/Non-fiction Prize. We also announced the Italy Reads Pakistan award, she said. This year foreign and local authors also visited KLF from Italy, France, the UK, US, India and distant parts of Pakistan to enrich and inspire audience of Karachi.
The event started off a session 'Kashmir: The Never-ending Conflict' by Barkha Dutt, Jean- Luc Racine, and Rafique Kathwari moderated by Farhan Bokhari, ' Towards a Better PakistanScreenings of Short Films followed by Award Ceremony, moderated by Pervez Hoodbhoy; 'Facing Wrongs and Seeking Rights: The Female Perspective" Ruchira Gupta, Fouzia Saeed, and Feryal Ali Gauhar, moderated by Shaheen Attiq-urRahman; Pakistan: Modernity and Postcoloniality" Nauman Naqvi and Shahram Azhar, moderated by Hafeez Jamali and a Documentaries' Workshop by Rafeeq Ellias.