Iqbal plaque adorns Shakespeare's birth place

Agencies April 24, 2010

LONDON: A memorial plaque of Allama Iqbal was unveiled at Shakespeare's birth place in Stanford-upon-Avon in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

The plaque, inscribed with calligraphy of Urdu, Persian and English versions of Iqbal's poem on Shakespeare, was unveiled during Shakespeare's birth anniversary celebrations.

On the occasion, renowned actor and compere Zia Mohyeddin recited poetry of Iqbal. Folk artistes from all the four provinces of Pakistan , who were in the UK for the event, performed for the audience.

In his address, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan said literature transcends geographical borders and time.


Syed Kashif Reza | 14 years ago | Reply This plaque can open a window for the western world as well to take an interest in Urdu poetry. Iqbal definitely was a great poet of Urdu but we are also proud of Meer Taqi Meer, Mirza Ghalib and Mir Anees, who were as great as any other great poet in the world. Iqbal's poem is also an evidence that Urdu and Pakistani literature is so much aware of and indebted to the literary tradition of the west and specially England. And it is now all the more important that the west also turn its interest towards our literary tradition. Syed Kashif Raza, Karachi.
Ahad | 14 years ago | Reply A testament great literature has no language.
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