Sunday, March 28, 2010

Indian poets enthrall at Jubail mushaira

A celebrated poet from India enthralled the expatriate community with some of the best couplets in Urdu poetry at a mushaira (poetry evening) in Jubail on Wednesday night.

Kaleem Ajiz,  who has earned many laurels and won some of the most prestigious awards, including one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padmashree, kept the audience spellbound with his pathbreaking and refreshing poetry.
Now in his 90s, Ajiz showed absolutely no signs of his age. He was in full flow and rendered his poems in a very traditional (and yet also distinct) way. At every couplet, the audience went into a crescendo of wah-wahs and incessant clappings.

“Ajiz is beyond compare,” said Wajahat Farooqui, the force behind the organization of the event in Jubail. “His poetry reflects the pathos of the Muslim community in the Indian Subcontinent. It is an honor for us in Jubail to welcome him and to hear him is a treat.”

Full report here Arab News

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