The participants at NCPUL's soiree spoke for the cause of Urdu poetry
The National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) organised a gathering of Indian and International Urdu poets in New Delhi the other day. The mushaira saw Urdu poets from UAE, Qatar, Pakistan and America and a host of Indian poets assemble and present their respective poetry. Presiding over the event, Justice Markanday Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India spoke of the foremost need to reinforce the usage and appreciation of the Urdu language.
“Before 1947, Urdu was spoken by everybody all over the country. Unfortunately, false propaganda led to the misconception that Urdu is the language of only the Muslims in the country. This is untrue. Urdu is a language that originated from the lands of the Ganga and the Yamuna, and pre-1947, every learned person would converse and write in Urdu. It is a secular language and it is our duty to restore the glory of Urdu.”
Azeez Nabeel, a poet from Qatar, recited graceful and appealing shayari that charmed the audience. “We need to take the Urdu language and shayari in particular to the new generation and let them develop the love and the feelings for it. Only then can this tradition be carried forward,” he said, adding, “We need to work at the grassroots level with the younger generation.” Anwar Masood, the noted poet from Pakistan, said, “The younger generation must be first interested in learning the script thoroughly if they really want to understand the language.”
The poet from the UAE, Dr Zubair Farooq, has written extensively in Urdu as well in Arabic and English. He presented a few couplets in Urdu and then moved on to recite their English translations which were received with awe. He spoke about the process of translating as he said, “What I can speak in Urdu in one single misleh, I need two to convey it in English. Also the flair with which one can express the precise feelings in Urdu cannot be matched by the verses in any other language.”
The NCPUL is a government initiative to promote the cause of the Urdu language in India and internationally. “We are present at the international level for the prospects of exchange of ideas between global citizens who speak Urdu,” commented the chairman of the organisation, Dr Khwaja Ikram. Professor Waseem Barelvi, the Vice Chairman of the organisation said, “Urdu is a language of Indian origin, but has now reached the whole world. People from different countries are working in this field, and our organisation is like a platform for cultural dialogue for such people.”
Keywords: Urdu poetry