Friday, September 24, 2010

Shaharyar conferred Indian honor

Fifteen Indian poets brought the annual celebration of Urdu poetry alive with their choicest couplets as legendary professor Shaharyar, professor Waseem Barelvi and Meraj Faizabadi did the star turn at a Mushaira (poetry gathering) here on Thursday.

Ghazal, the traditional genre of Urdu poetry, was the penchant of all poets during the evening, but some of them stole the thunder with their impeccable content and delivery of the lyrical rhyme and metered verse that was enjoyed by a crowd of over 2,000.

For Shaharyar, his visit to this holy land proved rewarding with India conferring on him the most-coveted literary Gyanpeeth Award for 2008 on Friday. An elated Shaharyar thanked the jury for recognizing his services to Urdu.

This year’s annual mushaira, organized by the Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum (IPWF), began with the connoisseurs of Urdu poetry receiving the initial fare on a lukewarm note.

Full report here Arab News

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