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Saturday, 18 January 2014

A curtain-raiser for my new book on Dr Rashid Jahan

The Caravan has published this article by Aamer Hussein about my new book on Dr Rashid Jahan. Called A Rebel and Her Cause: The Life and Work of Dr Rashid Jahan, it has been published by Women Unlimited and is expected out by mid-February...
http://caravanmagazine.in/books/good-doctor

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Jashn-e-Urdu, Patna, 4-5 Jan 2014

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Urdu,

  I take great pleasure in informing you that the Govt of Bihar is organising an Urdu Literary Festival, called Jashn-e-Urdu, on 4-5 January 2014
in Patna. I have conceptualised and coordinated the festival on behalf of Hindustani Awaaz, a small organisation that I have been running since 2002 to position and promote Hindustani zubaan and tehzeeb. Please join us in Patna as we ring in the new year with this Jashn-e-Urdu.

The venue is Premchand Rangshala; the events include panel discussions, film screenings, book mela, ghazal gayaki by Radhika Chopra and a play by Tom Alter. All are welcome. The festivities begin on 4th Jan from 11.00 am onwards. The details are as follows:
 

Jashn-e-Urdu

Organised by the Govt. of Bihar, 4-5 January 2014, Patna

4 January 2014, Saturday

Session I: Inaugural Session (11.30 am-12.30 pm)

·         Welcome Address
·         Introductory Remarks
·         Chief Minister’s Address
·         Vote of Thanks
Inauguration of Kitab Mela by the Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar

Lunch (1.00-2.00 pm)

Session II: Shabab se Inquilab Tak: Urdu Shayri ke Badalte Andaaz (2.00-3.30 pm)

            Moderator: Anwar Pasha
·         Kaleem Ajis
·         Razi Ahmad
·         Alimullah Hali
·         Aslam Azad

Tea (3.30-4.00 pm)

Session III: Bihar Mein Afsane ki Rivayat: Fasane se Afsane Tak ka  Safar (4.00-5.00 pm)

Moderator: Khurshid Akram
·         Shafi Javed
·         Shamoil Ahmad
·         Abdus Samad
·         Zakiya Mashhadi

Cultural programme: Sham-e-Ghazal by Dr Radhika Chopra, at Premchand Rangshala, Rajendra Nagar, Patna
5 January 2014, Sunday
Session IV: Mussarrat Se Baseerat Tak (9.30 -11.00 am)

Moderator: Mosharraf Alam Zauqui
·         Fakhruddin Arfi
·         Ashraf  Fareed
·         Khursheed Akbar

·         Moshtaque A Noorie

Tea: 11.00-11.30
Session V: Sheri Nashist
(Names not in order of sequence) KaleemAjiz, Noman Shauque, Alam Khurshid, Khalid Ebadi, Khursheed Talab, Rashid Taraz, Razi Ahmad Tanha, Jowsar Ayagh, Ain Tabish, Shamim Quasmi, Tariq Mateen, Jamal Owaisi, KehkashanTabassum , Quasim Khursheed, Abhay Kumar Bebak, Sultan Akhtar

Lunch: 1.00-2.00 pm
Session VI: Hindi-Urdu-Hindustani: Zubaan ke Buniyadi Masail (2.00-3.30 pm)

Moderator: Khurshid Akram

·         Hussainul Haq
·         Alok Dhanwa
·         Shafi Mashhadi
·         Razi Ahmad Tanha

Cultural Programme: Maulana Azad: A play by Tom Alter, produced and directed by M Sayeed Alam