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Bazm-Urdu-Qatar hosts seminar, poetry symposium

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Bazm-Urdu-Qatar hosts seminar, poetry symposium
Bazm-Urdu-Qatar hosts seminar, poetry symposium in honour of Mirza Ghalib.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
09 January 2024, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 January 2024, 12:00 AM

Bazm-Urdu-Qatar (BUQ) organised a seminar dedicated to the legendary classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (1797–1869) along with a poetry symposium recently. The event was attended by many poetry and art enthusiasts.

BUQ’s General Secretary and well-known poet Iftekhar Raghib presided over the programme. A noted scientist and leading expert in public health microbiology at the University of Hyderabad, Prof Dr Niyaz Ahmed, who came from India, and Bazm’s patron and chairperson of Pakistan Cultural Forum Qatar Dr Khalil Shibli, a medical doctor and senior consultant and training director at HMC, were the chief guests.

Adding to the distinguished guest list was Toronto-based Abid Raza Naqvi, a literary enthusiast and retired judge from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, who served as the guest of honour.

Dr Khalil Shibli, a well-known short-story writer, opened the first segment of Ghalib’s seminar of the programme with his distinctive literary finesse.

The seminar featured notable presentations, starting with Bazm member and poet Wazir Ahmed delving into Mirza Ghalib’s poetry and the Guzergah-e-Khayal Forum’s initiatives in organising symposiums on Ghalib on a regular basis.

Bazm’s president, Mohammed Rafiq Shad Akolvi, winner of a BBC worldwide poetry contest held in the 90s, a poet and prose-writer, and patron of several literary forums in Qatar, followed suit with a distinguished research paper highlighting Ghalib’s multidimensional poetry and its relevance across various aspects of life.

After Akolvi, Bazm’s General Secretary Raghib, a civil engineer and a renowned poet with five published poetry books, shared an academic essay.

He looked into the scientific aspects of Ghalib’s poetry, an area of long-standing research. Ghalib, known for his progressive mindset, held a strong passion for expanding his knowledge and greatly admired the scientific progress made by Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Raghib’s research focused on unveiling the scientific ideas embedded in Ghalib’s couplets and establishing a connection between fundamental scientific concepts and Ghalib’s poetic expressions.

Dr Khalil Shibli, while introducing the final speaker of the seminar, Dr Faisal Hanif, highlighted Dr Hanif’s in-depth understanding of classical literature and described him as his “literary lifeline” on the matters of seeking knowledge on the historical work of the masters in Urdu poetry and prose.

He added that amidst the current surge of distorted and fabricated literary pieces falsely attributed to the masters, he heavily relies on Dr Hanif’s expertise.Dr Shibli underscored that he seeks confirmation from Dr Hanif before endorsing any such works, even for social purposes.

Dr Hanif, an economist, researcher, writer, chairman of Bazm and founder of Guzergah-e-Khayal Forum and Iqbal Academy Middle East, offered a unique piece of literary fiction.His essay, infused with humour, crafted a scenario where Mirza Ghalib arrives in Doha in December, accompanied by Dr Hanif to a literary symposium (mushaira).

Ghalib, a figure from the past, grapples with reconciling the changes that have occurred in the institution of mushaira over the past two centuries, providing exciting commentary accordingly. The essay unfolds through a scripted conversation between Mirza Ghalib and Dr Hanif in the classical Urdu language of Delhi and Lucknow of the 19th century, adorned with rich vocabulary and unique idiomatic expressions of that era.

The audience praised the depth of research, presentation quality and creativity displayed by each essayist, thoroughly enjoying the engaging discussions.

Mohammed Rafiq Shad Akolvi, Bazm’s president, conducted the poetry symposium (mushaira). Besides Akolvi, Iftekhar Raghib, Mansoor Azemi, Muzaffar Nayab, Wazir Ahmed Wazir, Dr. Wasi Bastavi, Jamshed Ansari, Fayaz Bukhari Kamal, Inam Azmi, Samreen Nadeem Samar, Shabbar Ali, Shahzeb Shahab, Sanwal Abbasi and Baijnath Sharma Manto presented their selected poetry and received tremendous amount of applause from the audience.

Bazm’s patrons and members, including Afsar Asemi, Irshad Ahmed, Shamsuddin Rahimi, Feroz Khan and Waseem Ahmed, were also present, contributing to the event’s success.

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