Tasveer-e Urdu and the Centre for Indian Languages (SLLCS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), plan to hold a two-day conference on the popular culture of Urdu language on 8-9 September 2017 in New Delhi. The organisers seek proposals of presentations that can lead to engaging discussions on the theme, outlined in the concept note shared below.

For submissions, a short abstract (not more than one page) should be sent in Urdu or English, with a short bio of the presenter’s past work, latest by 10 April 2017 to conference@tasveereurdu.in.

Once the submitted abstract/concept is selected for participation, the selected submissions will have to send the full paper (5000 to 8000 words, in Urdu or English) by August 10, 2017.

For more details visit: www.tasveereurdu.in

Concept Note:

While Urdu is typically celebrated as a language of romance and classical poetry by Ghalib, Mir, and Faiz etc., its lesser-acknowledged popular culture of movie songs, detective fiction, ghazal gayeki, poetry inscribed behind vehicles, mushairas, and qawwalis, has probably kept the language alive and kicking among the masses even as its more virtuous practitioners lament that Urdu is dying in India. So what are these popular forms that continue to thrive in the underbelly of classical Urdu and how different they are from its elite cultural life? More importantly, where does one draw a line between popular and classical in Urdu? Although some examples mentioned above are part of what we call ‘popular culture’, these were never really disconnected from what can be called ‘classical’. Urdu is not a monolithic entity in time and space – it has been changing over centuries in its vocabulary, usage, demographics and poetics. There have been multiple dilutions within Urdu that have redefined the notions of ‘Classical’ and ‘Popular’, not to mention the local or regional differences in Urdu’s use.

As part of celebrating 50 years of close and cordial bilateral diplomatic relations, Singapore is the Guest of Honour Country at the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.

Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), this endeavour intends to raise the profile of Singapore in India, and to give recognition to the authors, illustrators, publishers and other key players involved in Singapore’s publishing industry. The delegation will arrive in Delhi in two waves: publishers on 11 February, and authors and illustrators on 13 February.

jhumpa_lahiri-620x412New Delhi: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan arrived here on second day of the nine-day long “New Delhi World book fair” here at Paragati Maidan on Sunday.
Addressing the mediapersons, the actor said, “I love books. They take you to another world.”
Emphasizing on reading literature, the Hindi film industry’s Paan Singh Tomar said that youngsters should develop the habit of reading good books. “The more you will read, the better you’ll get to know about the fictional world of books,” said the 47-year-old.

GLOBALOCAL 2014 will be held at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi from 13–14 February 2014. Registrations are open until 10th February.

The annual “forum for content” in India GLOBALOCAL, organized by German Book Office, New Delhi, (GBO) and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is back to the capital of New Delhi this year, with a mix of roundtable discussions, training sessions, keynote presentations, and networking breaks.

It will be held from February 13-14, just before the curtains rise on the New Delhi World Book Fair, which begins on 15th February 15.