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Symposium on Urdu elegy at Ghalib Academy

New Delhi: A symposium on Elegy: Literary & Cultural Heritage of India was organised at Ghalib Academy under the auspices of Imam Raza Shaqafati Markaz and Sa’adat Amroha Welfare Organisation, Delhi. The programme was presided by Dr. Karim Najfi (cultural counsellor, Islamic Republic of Iran) whereas Syed Sibt Raza former governor of Jharkhand and Aasam was the chief guest. Among the guests of honour were Syed Shahid Mehdi (former VC Jamia), Prof. Akhtarul Wasey (Vice chairman, Delhi Urdu Academy), Prof. Nashir Naqvi (Secretary, Punjab Urdu Academy). Syed Shan Haider Bebak Amrohvi’s volume of elegies “Alam” (mourning) was released. Dr. Azim Amrohvi, Dr. Nashir Naqvi and Syed Shan Haider Bebak were felicitated for their academic and literary services with Award - 2010.

Elegies were recited by Syed Shahid Mehdi, Bebak Amrohvi and Dr. Ladle Rahbar Amrohvi. The participants highlighted the point that Urdu elegy (marsia) has a distinct flavour of Indian culture and civilisation. It was also recognised that elegy as a genre is a highly artistic form which very few can skilfully manage. Not every poet or a ghazal writer can compose a mersia whereas elegy writers can compose excellent ghazals. This genre not only enriched Urdu literature but also acquired its pinnacle at the hands of Urdu poets.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 20

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