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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pakistan poetry reading in Dubai

Pic: Dr Sughra Saddaf recites her works during the Mushaira (evening of poetry) at Deira Sheraton Hotel

from Gulf News at

Dubai: Famous poets from Pakistan left the audience spellbound with their thought provoking poetry at a Mushaira (evening of poetry) in Dubai on Wednesday.

The event, organised by Amjad Iqbal Amjad from World Writers Forum in Dubai, brought together big names in contemporary Urdu language poetry, including Anwar Masood, Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr Sughra Saddaf and Shahid Zaman.

Emirati poet Dr Zubair Farooq, who writes poetry in Urdu, mesmerised the audience with his beautiful poems and Ghazals which he sang in his peculiar style.

Some Pakistan expatriate poets living in the UAE, including Sahar Tab Ramani, Zahoorul Islam, Dr Sarwat Zahra and Mohammad Yaqoob also shared the stage with big poets from their country and got the opportunity to recite from their collection of poetry.

"Such events should be organised more often because these can help spread the message of peace and love abroad and bring the community members together," said Tariq Iqbal Somoro, Consul General of Pakistan, while speaking at the function. He appreciated efforts of the organiser and thanked poets for a memorable literary evening.

The Mushaira, which began with the recital of poems by local poets, became interesting as it progressed. As always, renowned Pakistani poet and writer Anwar Masood got standing ovation after his rib-tickling comedy poetry. He touched the heart of the people with verses which reflect the harsh realities of everyday life.

Amjad Islam Amjad, who is known for his poetry, prose and playwright with dozens of awards, also cast his spell on the audience with poems revolving around love, human relations and issues concerning today's common man.

Amjad Iqbal Amjad, who is a poet based in Dubai, conducted the Mushaira.

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