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Mushaira hosted for Pakistanís Independence Day in US
| Updated at: 0841 PST, Thursday, August 12, 2010|
DALLAS: Pakistan Council of Dallas Fort Worth hosted a grand Urdu Mushaira to celebrate the Pakistanís 63rd independence day in a local hotel on August 6. The Mushaira was split into two sessions.
In the first session, which was devoted to speeches, the speakers shed light on the genesis and movement for Pakistanís independence. This session was presided over by a veteran of Pakistanís independence movement and a former ambassador of Pakistan Syed Ahsani.
Khaliq Qureshi, Noor Amrohvi, Naheed Shad, Syed Fayyaz Hassan, Aftab siddiqui, Iqbal Haider, Akrama Khan, Irfan Ali and Saeed Qureshi expressed their views and enlightened the audience on various facets of Pakistan and the spirit that was behind the independence struggle by the Muslims of the sub-continent.
The emphasis of all the speakers was on the theme that it was due to the great sacrifices by Muslims of the sub-continent that today we live in an independent country. We should, therefore, love our country and serve it with complete devotion and sense of patriotism.
They said that the independence was a great blessing and boon. In the backdrop of the current prevailing chaos in Pakistan, the speakers exhorted the Pakistanis to stand united and collectively work for the betterment of our motherland.
The second session was devoted to poets and the recitation of poetry with focus on Pakistan. The verses reflected the love for Pakistan and with a message to project Pakistan in the most glowing manner and prayers for the uplift, prosperity, and peace in the country of our origin. This session was presided by professor Umme Habiba the scion of the family that gave monumental sacrifices for Pakistan and worked closely with the founder of Pakistan before and after independence.
Khalid Khaja and Karamat Gardezi were special guests and had come from Houston to participate in the Mushaira. Their Kalam was greatly applauded by the audience. Every poet had a different style and theme related to Pakistan that characterized their high intellectual caliber and expertise in poetry. In addition to the chief guests, Iqbal Haider, Nadir Durrani, Dr Amer suleman, Noor Amrohvi, Masood Quazi, Shoukat Qadri, Ms Zohra Chishti, Ms Naheed Shad, Saeed Qureshi, and Nizamuddin Pardesi presented their Kalam (poetic compositions).Raza Ali recited Allama Iqbalís inspirational Kalam in his melodious voice.
It was emphasized by the poets that the salvation out of the prevailing grave crisis in which Pakistan was trapped, lay in following and imbibing the legacy and guidelines of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Dr. Amer Suleman enthused the audience with his very impressive poetry and received great ovation from the audience. Masood Quazi was one among the whole lot of the poets whose unique style of recitation and quality of verses endeared him to the listeners who gave him generous ovation and applause.
The most enchanting feature of the event was the presentation of a national lyric or anthem by Salim Dill sung on harmonium and in accompaniment of Tabla played by his nephew. It was profusely appreciated and admired by the audience.