Poets from India, Canada, UAE, America, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will attend the international Urdu Mushaira on March 22 being organized by Sakana-e-Shaher-e-Quaid (SSQ).
The SSQ has been organising such gatherings for the last 22 years and around 400 distinguished poets have participated. The organisers claim that such gatherings have never taken place anywhere in the world.
The chief coordinator of the SSQ, Azhar Abbas Hashmi, said at a press conference here on Tuesday that such literary sittings bring people together. “Poetry represents the feelings of the poet and that is a reflection of society,” he said.
The event would be held at China Ground, Kashmir Road, where Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad would be the chief guest.
The first mushaira was held in 1989 at the National Stadium and was called the Indo-Pak Mushaira. The organisers said that the SSQ served the people of Karachi by arranging such gatherings where Urdu’s famous poets were invited.
India’s Waseem Barelvi, Rahat Indori, Popular Mirathi, Manzar Bhopali, Dr Nuzhat Anjum and Iqbal Ashar will be coming as will Himayat Ali Shair and Ahmed Salman Farooqi from Canada and Muna Shahab from America. Umar Salim Al-Udroos has been invited from Saudi Arabia. Iftikhar Arif and Kishwar Naheed will come from Islamabad, Salman Gilani from Lahore and Mohsin Changezi from Quetta. Dr Aslam Farrukhi, Rasa Chughtai, Mehmud Sham, Mohsin Azam Malihabadi, Professor Sehar Ansari, Anwar Shaoor, Khayal Afaqi, Naseer Turabi, Khalida Uzma, Razi Azimabadi, Shahid Hameed and Nuzhat Abbasi of Karachi will also grace the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2012.