Literary event held in Ankara to commemorate ‘100 Years of Urdu’ in Turkey

MAMOSA Report — As part of activities aimed at promotion of Urdu in Turkey, a “Bazm-e-Shair o Sukhan”, was held in Ankara, which among others was attended by members of Pakistani community, with interest in Urdu poetry and prose.

They were joined by members of the faculty of Urdu Department, Ankara University, a message received from Ankara on Wednesday said.

The event’s host, Galib Gilani, elegantly moderated the proceedings, combining humor, selections from major Urdu poets, and his own poetical compositions.


During the program, Sajjad Rajasthani, Imran Islamabadi, Dr Nishat Seemab, Asim Multani, Nauman Zameer Nauman, Prof Qamarul Islam Qamar, and Shabih Haider Shabih presented their poetical renditions.

Representatives from the Urdu Department presented selections from Parveen Shakir, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, and Ahmed Faraz. Prof Dr AB Ashraf read a `sketch’ reminiscing about his stay in Ankara in the early 1990s and literary activities held in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy at the time.

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Welcoming the initiative to hold the literary evening, Ambassador of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood underlined that intensifying Pakistan-Turkey cultural cooperation was a priority for both the governments. He lauded the activities held in Istanbul and Ankara in connection with the completion of 100 years of teaching of Urdu language and literature in Turkey.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood urged the hosts to organize such literary events on a regular basis and assured full support of the embassy in this regard.

He also presented commemorative stamp issued by Pakistan Post on the occasion of 100 Years of Urdu in Turkey to Ghalib Gilani and Dr AB Ashraf in recognition of their respective contributions.

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