Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An Chinese-Indian and a lover of Urdu

Dr Yung Van Liu (79) is probably only surviving Urdu poet in India of Chinese origin.

Shaida Chini, as he is popularly known in the literary circles, Liu claims that Urdu nazam (couplets), ghazals (songs) and sheron-shayari (poetry) have kept him young even at his advanced age. He knows well how to say words and in musical rhythm. His diction stuns many because of his Chinese origin. Dr Liu, who looks quite frail and infirm, becomes nostalgic while speaking about Urdu.

He misses his mushairas, which he stopped attending after an accident restricted his movement five years back. The poet has come out with a book on Urdu poems, couplets and songs named "Lakiron ki Sada" (Voice of Lines).

Full report here Deccan Herald

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