In­ti­zar Hus­sain paid glow­ing trib­ute at 7th KLF

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

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.

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