Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi

آرٹس کونسل آف پاکستان کراچی‎

Day 4 of 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference

Report:

“Concluding Session” of 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference

Governor of Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori was the chief guest of the closing session of the fifteenth Aalmi Urdu Conference, while Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon, Secretary Arts Council Prof. Ejaz Farooqui and other members of the governing body including well-known poets, writers and other prominent personalities were also present in the meeting. Governor Sindh and Sohail Waraich also addressed the meeting, while organizing the meeting, Dr. Huma Mir gave a brief overview of the fifteenth Aalmi Urdu Conference and congratulated Muhammad Ahmad Shah and his team for the great success of the conference. On this occasion, 14 resolutions were presented for the promotion of Urdu language and literature, which were approved by the audience with a show of hands. These include Measures for the promotion of library culture, implementation of supreme court ruling for enforcement of constitution article regarding Urdu as national language availability of print paper for publication of books, access of new generation to modern media resources, establishment of translation institutions in universities, measures to improve the education system in the country, elimination of violence and extremism in Kashmir and other places Condemning human rights violations, supporting democracy and freedom of expression, making the youth custodians of the country’s cultural heritage and guiding them intellectually, instead of preparing weapons, provision of resources for development and prosperity in South Asia and people’s welfare facilitating communication between writers, artists and scientists of South Asia and continuing other academic and literary activities including the International Urdu Conference at the Arts Council Karachi. In the closing session, the President of Arts Council of Pakistan Ahmed Shah thanked all the guests and attendees, earlier in the closing session, well-known comedian Anwar Maqsood said in a particularly interesting way regarding “Pakistan of the 21st Century” that Arts Council Karachi President Ahmed Shah did not need a Tamgah-e-Imityaz for the great works he did, this medal is given even for lesser works. Poor people of Pakistan say to rulers, don’t defame us, go out and ask for yourself, earlier, poets and writers from India used to come to the Aalmi Urdu Conference, now only threats are coming, there is a lot of poverty and misery in Pakistan. We don’t know what are we doing, Ahmad Shah saheb says, please the people, I say why do you want me to do the work of the government? Earlier people danced to the tunes of popular Sindhi songs and celebrated the Sindh Cultural Day at the Arts council Karachi.

Session “Situation of Arts in 21st Century”

On the fourth and last day of the 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference in Karachi Uxi Mufti, Stephen M. Levin, Nelofar Abbasi, B.Gul, Shahid Rasam, Khalid Ahmed expressed their views on the topic of “Situation of Arts in the 21st Century”. while Kaif Ghaznavi performed the administrative duties. Well-known fiction writer and poet Uxi Mufti said that in the modern era of technology, we have to fight the 5th generation war, showing responsibility to maintain our culture and traditions, our land, clothes, language and culture. We can become a nation by loving it because in our rush to move forward for twenty-five years, our culture, music, art, architecture and crafts have been left behind, for which we are all guilty. . He further said that due to the use of technology, we have been exposed to dangers and we are all guilty of it, so we all have to play our role to save the culture and art of the past. Uxi Mufti while congratulating Arts Council President Ahmed Shah and his team on the success of the Aalmi Urdu Conference said that holding the conference provided a great opportunity to discuss various aspects of Urdu literature. Renowned artist and sculptor Shahid Rasam said that in the present age, people are forgetting their past because of their tricks, but despite the setbacks, we all have to move forward. He said that it is gratifying that fine art in Pakistan is not going towards decline but progress. It is the responsibility of the media to highlight the positive trend instead of the negative trend. Bee Gul while speaking said that the situation of arts has changed in the 21st century, social media has left a profound impact on arts but despite this television still has its importance because Pakistan television reaches 65% of the areas of Pakistan. He said that the demise of regional television is a tragedy, if we had restored the regional media, the current trends would not have happened, because the regional media linked the people to each other. Renowned actress Nelofar Abbasi said that everything changes with time and it is expected that there will be
more rapid changes in the next ten years, so we have to prepare ourselves for the changes that are coming in the near future. Stephen M. Levin said that in the 21st century, there have been changes in all
genres of art, its losses are in place, but due to modern technology, our sorrows and joys have been shared for each other. He said that in the era of global media, a big contradiction has emerged that things which are not noticeable in cities are considered bad in villages. Khalid Ahmed said that despite the changes in the arts, it would be wrong to say that art is different for young, old and middle-aged people, whereas the reality is that Art is above the creation of ages.

Sukhan-e-Iftikhar , Launching of “Kuliyat Iftikhar Arif”

On the fourth and last day of the Aalmi Urdu Conference, in the session of “Sukhan-e-Iftikhar. Kuliyat Iftikhar Arif”, popular and well-known poet Iftikhar Arif said that I am not a dervish etc. I am just an ambitious man, I have a life for myself and I have formed a circle that does not belong to any sector or group, he also presented selections from his popular ghazals and poems at the request of the audience and thanked Arts Council President Ahmad Shah for organizing the event for his Kuliyat. Dr. Noman-ul-Haq, Nasir Abbas Nayyar and Zafar Masood expressed their views on the poetry of Iftikhar Arif while the moderator duties were performed by Dr. Ambreen Haseeb Ambar.Zafar masood said it is a matter of pride for us that Bank of Panjab sponsored the Kuliyat of Iftikhar Arif. He said Iftikhar Arif’s poetry gave me a lot of encouragement and support in the situation I went through after being miraculously saved,in an air crash Nasir Abbas Nayyar said that every era has the shadow of a great poet. We are proud that we are breathing in iftikhar Arif`s era, he recited selected parts from Kuliyat-e- Iftikhar Arif and said that he gets the strength to fight against false forces, the creative spirit is prominent in Iftikhar Arif’s poetry, the difference between ghazal and verse can be seen from his poetry. Iftikhar Arif is a great poet who is between two eras and is doing an extraordinary job of combining them, Dr. Noman-ul-Haq said that the publication of Kuliyat-e-Iftikhar Arif is a historical event , the personal side of his life includes migrations, while the poetic side is very unique and charming, he is very artistic in conveying his message to others, often it seems that he is talking to us as his own companion. The reader feels connected to him, his poems give a sense of possibility to imagination and resourcefulness.

Session “Nia Media Naye Taqazey”

A Session “New Media New Demands” held at 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, speaking in the session renowned journalists said that not only media, technology has brought change in every sector, but any section of our society can understand its usefulness.

Not tried except for one party. The invasion of YouTube and modern media is not only Pakistan’s problem but the whole world’s problem and it will improve with time. Aasma Shirazi said that YouTubers are becoming very popular and people are following them. I am also a YouTuber because we decided to reach people and break the lies against me through YouTube. Even today people want to hear the truth and love the truth. Sukrat had to drink poison in search of truth. Media should be used according to modern requirements. When there is a dictatorship and against the law, the journalist should support the truth. Awais Tauheed said that social media has given a great challenge to Pakistani journalism. It is not only Pakistan but also developed society like America has changed. He said that today’s media is no longer neutral and every media person has become associated with parties and personalities. He said that in the age of social media, the truth is what people want, that’s why I became more biased, i.e. I became a part of some party. Media houses were divided with parties which affected neutrality. Talking about the topic, the young journalist Abdullah Sultan said that now the biggest difficulty is how to separate the truth from the lie, whereas in the past, if there was even a little suspicion, the news was withheld. In the past, words were also censored for broadcasting in the media, but this is not the case anymore. He said that the shepherd sitting in the village does not sleep only after herding the goats, but a YouTube channel has been opened, this is a change and it is a positive change. happens. A blogger becomes a star journalist in no time on anything while we are debating whether the news is right or wrong. He said that people mostly believe in YouTube. Journalist’s job is not to advise governments to sit together, but to give news. Javed Soumro said that earlier BBC Serbia was watched by 13 million people. That program was discontinued. Since the digital system started the priorities have changed, now we think about what to put the headline that people see immediately. Now it has to be thought that if something is wrong somewhere, it should be corrected, but it has also improved the society. He said that there should be legislation to prevent accusations so that some improvement can be made. He said that this is not only Pakistan but this is the problem of the whole world, it cannot be stopped but it is up to the viewers to choose whom they like but my personal opinion is that it will get better with time.

Tribute to the well-known humorist Mushtaq Yousufi

On the fourth day of the Aalmi Urdu Conference of the Arts Council, to pay tribute to the famous Humorist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi and to refresh his memories, the famous writer and poet Zehra Nigah and Iftikhar Arif presided over “Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi” Yaadain Batain session which was moderated by Shakeel Khan. On this occasion, well-known writers, poets and artists of Pakistan, along with Dr. Adeeb Rizvi, world-renowned in the field of medicine, were also present. Zahra Nigha and Iftikhar Arif paid tribute to Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi in wonderful words and said that it is our good fortune that we not only saw Ahad-e-Yousufi but also sat in his gatherings and spent memorable time with him, his memories and Meetings are the capital of our life because they gave us the opportunity to learn a lot. Iftikhar Arif said that it will not be easy for others to reach the standard set by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi of comedy in Urdu language. Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi wrote Maaraq al-Ara’ books, but in practical life he was a very serious and tolerant personality, he was interested in English literature and was also fond of classical music and theatre. Talking about his writing style, Iftikhar Arif said that Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s style and wit leaves the reader in awe because he used to write such wonderful words at the end of the sentences that the reader was surprised after reading. He would dive into the sea and enjoy it after a few moments. Iftikhar Arif further said that Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi lived a pure life, he was bound by fasting and prayer, but he always avoided talking about religion. Zahra Nigah said that Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, despite having mastery over words, kept searching for words. He wrote two 700-page travelogues but discarded them as he was not satisfied with them. Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi was a principled person and giving concessions to someone on the basis of relationships was not in his vocabulary. Mushtaq Ahmed
Yousufi lived a life full of what can only be imagined.

launches four books on the fourth day of the 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference.

On the fourth day of the 15th Aalmi Urdu Conference, four books were launches in the book launch session, including Muslim Shamim’s book “Elements of Muslim Nishat-e-Saniya Ke Elama Khamsa”, Ahmad Salman’s collection of ghazals “Joh Hum Peh Ranj”. All were included in Shabir Nazish’s book “Hum Teri Ankh Se Hijra Wale” and Ghazanfar Hashmi’s A Nation Impisoned in Myths. Nizamat duties were performed by Abbas Mumtaz. While discussing the elements of Khamsa, author said that the background before the partition of India and the conditions of the Muslims were its motivation and said that the Muslim population in India was far from intellectual and intellectual consciousness. Despite the fact that Sir Syed was criticized for laying the foundations for the development of Muslims after the struggle, well-known critic Jafar Ahmad, while commenting on the book, said that Muslim Shamim presented the ideas of five geniuses as Muslim Nishat-i-Saniya. Among them, Ghalib, Maulana Hali, Sir Syed, Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah are included Other figures from before and after the partition of India could have been included in the list, but they have spoken their best. While well-known poet and critic Khawaja Razi Haider commented on the book and said that this is Ahmed Salman’s first collection in which he has emerged as an authentic and energetic ghazal poet, his poetry covers social and economic issues in a charming manner. He knows the art of conveying his message to the listeners, his diversity of subjects is different from contemporary poets, Ahmad Salman has a great ability to express his ideas and shock the audience with it. Emphasizing the creation of an exploitation-free and neutral society and his poetry seems to revolve around this goal, the popular poet Shabbir Nazish has been awarded the Arts Council Karachi for publishing his book “Hum Teri Ankh Se Hijrat Nahi Wale”. Expressing his gratitude and reciting selected passages from his collection of words, the scholar Kazmi, commenting on the book, said: Shabir Nazish Sahar. Ghazanfar Hashmi, who came from America, said in his book A nation impisoned in myths that in this book, the idea of ​​Americans Presenting that they are a different and separate nation from the world and the whole world looks up to them because of this uniqueness, he said that the American publisher chose to publish the book because of the untouchability of the book as they Sarah Daniels said about the book that it clarifies the fact that America is not the only one impisoned in myths, but also Germany, Japan and other countries. With a variety of features, political analysts have praised the book as a testament to the quality of its text.

A session on “100 years of Shaukat Siddiqui’s life” in memory of author, novelist and journalist Shaukat Siddiqui

On the fourth and last day of the Fifteenth Aalmi Urdu Conference in Karachi, a session was organized in the memory of the author, novelist and journalist Shaukat Siddiqui “Shaukat Siddiqui’s 100 Years of Life” in which Zafar Siddiqui, Writer Shakeel Adilzada, poet and editor Mehmood Sham, novelist, writer and journalist Nazir Laghari spoke. Fazil Jameeli performed the duties of moderator. Regarding Shaukat Siddiqui, who earned a name in journalism, fiction and novel writing, his son Zafar Siddiqui said that he was a very good person as a father. He was a person with progressive thinking. He was a good person but he also excelled in journalism. He tried to keep us awake with social and political consciousness. Journalist Nazir Laghari said that Shaukat Siddiqui was a great writer, in Khuda ki Basti he seems to give importance to the ordinary life conditions, in this novel he described the ordinary life conditions in a normal and traditional way, which is the height of popularity. He said that Shaukat Siddiqui has become a special place in the world of novels, if it is said that among the three famous novels written by Shaukat Siddiqui, Khuda ki Basti is on the top list, then it will not be wrong. Nazir Laghari said that Shaukat Siddiqui was an intelligent person, he used to keep these situations and things in mind in the novel, even if he used these things in a novel or fiction even after five years. Poet and editor Mehmood Sham said regarding
Shaukat Siddiqui that it is not possible to find words for Shaukat Siddiqui. He said that looking at the work of Shaukat Siddiqui, postage stamps should be attributed to him at the administrative and government level, his writings should be collected and published in the form of a collection. Mahmood Sham said that when Shaukat Siddiqui started writing at that time a common man was allowed to write but it was a difficult job for a journalist. The highlight of it is that Shaukat Siddiqui would write for Janglos and we would publish it immediately, and so it started to be published continuously. He said that Shaukat Siddiqui was a man of stories, he used to write stories very well.

A session on “Urdu criticism in the 21st century”

In the session on Urdu criticism in the 21st century on the fourth day of the Aalmi Urdu Conference, Dr. Tahseen Faraqi said that criticism is a mysterious process, the mystery of which is difficult to understand, but a good creator can also be a good critic. Creation is a slow process of making a star a sun. The main thing for criticism is to reach the text, for which it is necessary to have a broad understanding of the creative background. The matter of criticism is not so simple but a very deep and profound matter in which all It is important to consider the relevant issues, unfortunately we have a lot of discussion of post-colonialism in criticism while the existence of the colonial system is still intact, we should go a little further and cover the contemporary situation. Dr. Ruf Parekh said that the truth is the same, there can be no alternative truth, there has always been a war between the West and the East, in the twenty-first century we are talking about the basics of criticism, while in India solid work has been done on it, The session was moderated by Iqbal Khursheed in which Nasir Abbas Nayyer said that in the 21st century, more and more theoretical criticism has been done targeting plagiarism from the literature that has been writer in the West. Hatred of the West increased after 9/11 and Islamophobia, however pure intellectuals express honest opinions about everything, in the twentieth century Modernism and traditionalism was made the subject of criticism, after 1970 this trend started to change, in the 21st century, criticism discusses the philosophy of literature, that is, seeing literature as philosophy, Shams-ur-Rahman Farooqi in his book of stories laid. The foundation for it, which is completely different from the criticism of the twentieth century, on the subject of criticism on Urdu fiction, Qasim Yaqoob said that the way of looking at literature has changed during the last decades, a specific style has been adopted in the Urdu fictional criticism of the twenty-first century. When the critic looks at the story, instead of going inside it, They remains outside it and does not reach its origin. There has been very little discussion on new novels in Pakistan,
while there has been a lot of work on it outside, interestingly, novelists themselves came into the field and started the interpretation of fiction themselves, the critical need of fiction criticism today is to cover what
happened after 2000 and what was written on it, Najma Usman said regarding the feminist criticism in the 21st century that in order to evaluate the Urdu criticism in the current century, We need to go to what happened during the last century. Critical theories have to be put forward, a lot of work has been done on feminist criticism in Pakistan and India, while not so much work has been done on it in Europe and America, Fehmida Riaz and Dr. Fatima Hassan have presented many dimensions of feminist perspective in their book and other writers also worked on it a lot. Regarding the criticism of Urdu Ghazal in the twenty-first century, Zia-ul- Hassan said that it is suspected that there is no criticism of Ghazal, although the history of criticism of Ghazal is equal to the history of Urdu criticism. Yes, ghazal has been criticized for 125 years, our general mood has become that we consider only ghazal as poetry and other genres of
poetry are ignored, the most important book of criticism on Ghazal in the 21st century has been written by Dr. Shamim Hanafi, which continues to descend into the reader’s existence and reveals the aspects of Ghazal and its foundations.

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