RAWALPINDI: A Literary Conference held here on Thursday to mark the 124th birth anniversary of the revolutionary poet, Josh Malihabadi.
The conference was jointly organized by Josh Adibi Foundation and Josh Memorial Committee in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC).
Renowned scholar Dr. Ghazanfer Mehdi presided over the conference while famous fiction writer Hameed Shahid was the chief guest.
Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Ghazanfer Mehdi said that the poetry of Josh had a vital place in Urdu literature, adding that it was need of the time to promote literary work of the revolutionary poet.
Hameed Shahid said that Josh was a poet of nature and due to his revolutionary ideas, he became famous forever. More research work on his poetry should be initiated which was the need of time, he added.
Later, a mehfil-e-mushaira was also held in which poets Naseem-e-Sahar, Wafa Chisti, Hassan Abbas Raza, Majeed Malik, Arshad Malik, Abdul Qadir Tabban and others paid tributes to Josh Malihabad through their poetry.
International exhibition of China’s reforms put on display
ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of some 140 significant photos was opened here Tuesday at National Library of Pakistan, covering 40 years of historical routes, development achievements, win-win cooperation and Reforms in China.
The display offered the visitors a glance on China’s 40 years since reform and opening up by the pictures selected for the exhibition.
The event was organized by Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, China Cultural Center in Pakistan and National Library of Pakistan (National History and Literary Heritage Division) and co-hosted by China State Council Information Office and Chinese Embassy in Pakistan to celebrate 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year.
Joint Secretary National History and Literary Heritage Division, Junaid Ikhlaq, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan, Zhang Heqing and Director National Library of Pakistan, Syed Ghayoor Hussain inaugurated the show while people from Chinese community and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Director National Library of Pakistan, introduced the audience with cultural revolution and reforms in China, celebration of Chinese New year and Developments in China. This exhibition is an attempt to create a link between people of Pakistan and China.
It is important to understand the culture of each other to know more about people. China and Pakistan have strong bond of friendship comprising 70 years of relations, he said.
The opening ceremony was followed by a special acrobatic, robotic dance and cultural performance by the students of International Grammar School Islamabad. The performers presented the traditional vibrant attires of both Pakistan and China.
The exhibition is part of series of activities organized to celebrate Chinese New Year in Pakistan by Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan.
The exhibition will remain open for public till February 24.
Media called for maintaining identity of Urdu language
ISLAMABAD: Media can play a constructive role for maintaining the identity of Urdu language and promote Urdu literature among the young minds through quality content as well as supporting writers and scholars.
At basic level, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to guide their students about the value of understanding the national language and create their interest in Urdu literature as if they can encourage them to speak English then they can also guide them towards Urdu but the media can also engage the young minds in literary activities,” said Mumtaz Ahmed Sheikh, eminent writer and poet.
Besides promoting and highlighting the works of poets and writers, media houses should set up coaching academies to train their reporters and other staff for proper delivery of speech in Urdu language that can serve the viewers to get education and inspiration from the quality content of the literature.
“Today some of the media persons cannot speak proper Urdu as they have less exposure to the choice of words and speaking power and it is the responsibility of media houses to improve their speaking skills and make the viewers rid from inferiority complex of not speaking Urdu in proper way,” he added.
Mumtaz Sheikh who also owns a quarterly literary magazine “Lowh”, was serving Urdu literature through publishing the works of old and new writers, poets and critics.
He said his gigantic venture Lowh is a gift for today’s students of Urdu literature. Working on his lifelong dream to serve literary circles with quality Urdu literature, Mumtaz Sheikh’s Lowh speaks all about his efforts and passion for preserving the literature.
“Lowh is such an effort that will keep on serving as a reference book for centuries and generations,” he said.
Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar
ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up an art gallery in Peshawar at a cost of Rs 200 million.
A spokesman of provincial government said the government has completed the master plan of the gallery that will be equipped with state of the art facilities.
Cultural centers will also be established at all divisional headquarters of the province to promote the regional cultures and facilitate artists, the spokesman added.