Mirza Ghalib, whose contribution to Urdu literature was perhaps as significant as that of Shakespeare to English, was born in Agra (India) on this day over 200 years ago. The Taj city on Saturday not only forgot to celebrate his birthday but also does not have a decent memorial to the poet, activists said.
Despite repeated demands to name a road or an auditorium after the famed poet, the municipal corporation has not responded and Agra University has turned down a demand to set up a Ghalib chair to promote research and work in Urdu literature. Read more
Scholars here are sharply divided over the reality of 9/11 episode and that’s why there is conceptual confusion on how to respond to its after-effects, said Prof Tajuddin Tajwar of the Department of Urdu, University of Peshawar, here on Sunday.
“The worst thing in evaluating the impacts of 9/11 on Urdu poetry and even on our whole social life is that we are not completely aware of the details of the 9/11, rather deliberate confusion has befogged the minds of our writers and they have no unanimous view on the war on terror,” he said during his lecture on “Impact of 9/11 on Urdu literature” here at the Research Library, Peshawar. Read more
The 25th International Literature Festival organised by the Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Award Committe in association with the UP Sangeet Natak Academy , is dedicated to writers of Hindi and Urdu literature, Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Majrooh Sultanpuri. The inaugural ceremony on Saturday witnessed the presence of famous personalities from the field of art, literature and politics. Read more
Rabindranath Tagore’s creative output has left an ineffaceable impact on Urdu literature and his creativity still seems to be a perennial source of inspiration for writers, says a new book on Urdu literature and journalism.
“Urdu Literature and Journalism: Critical Perspectives” by bilingual critic Shafey Kidwai comprises well-focused and cogently-argued essays and works out a new perspective on Urdu literature. Some of the essays in the collection have been previously published while some were delivered as lectures in seminars and conferences.
Kishwar Naheed, Afzal Ahmed Syed, Satyapal Anand, Wustatullah Khan and Harris Khalique got together to discuss how Urdu literature has written about wars and conflicts, within the subcontinent as well as elsewhere in the world. Khalique moderated the conversation. Following are the edited excerpts from their discussion, translated from Urdu: The Dawn
Harris Khalique: Let’s start the conversation from 1914 as the world is marking 100 years to the start of World War I this year. However, it is important to note that there is also a lot of literature about 1857’s war of independence and that a lot happened between 1857 and 1914. We have memoirs of people who were sent to Kala Pani, for instance. Elegies and stories were written, as well as non-fiction. But we will start our discussion from 1914 and look at poetry and prose, fiction as well as non-fiction, including creative non-fiction, such as autobiographies and memoirs. We will try to look at regional as well as international events in the last 100 years and their impact on Urdu literature. Read more
24 January 2013
On the first day, I attended three sessions: the Art of the Short Story, Ismat and Annie, and the Novel of the Future. I did not take any notes. I wrote down the following the next morning (from whatever I could remember). If some statements sound weird and don’t make sense to the readers, I take the blame for sloppiness and apologize in advance.
We don’t tell novels, we tell short stories
The Short story: The Art of the Short Story panel had Nicholas Hogg, Richard Beard and Yiyun Li and Anjum Hasan was the moderator.