International Seminar on Composite Culture and Urdu Literature Commences at JU

JAMMU: "Urdu is not only a language but is also a culture having a rich cultural heritage to its credit. It is an Indian language which has played a vital role in promotion of Indian Culture, heritage and civilization. It has also played a vital role in the freedom struggle of India."

These words were spoken by the illustrious speakers at the Inaugural function of the two day International seminar being organized by the department of Urdu, University of Jammu on the topic "Composite culture and Urdu literature".

In his inaugural address, Prof. Manoj.K. Dhar Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu in his address said Urdu is a cultural language with built in sophistication and is highly suited for expression of emotions and variegated descriptions. Urdu language is a product of India and its literature is rich showcasing the passion, sentiments of Indian people regardless of the religion.

Urdu is not only a composite language in itself but has played major role in keeping the fibre of composite culture intact in India. Prof Dhar, further said that Urdu language has a cosmopolitan character as it has assimilated words from Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Punjabi, Portuguese besides Arabic and Persian.

Urdu has given many new things to India such as Mushiras, ghazals and nazams. It has been said Urdu reflects and represents Indian history, its movements and depression.Vice-Chancellor expressed hope that the two day International seminar will not only put forth the richness of Urdu language but also the role it has played in developing composite culture.

While presenting his keynote address the renowned Urdu critic and researcher Dr Taqi Abedi from Canada in detail threw light on the composite culture of Urdu poetry as well as of Urdu Prose. He said that every Urdu writer has written on composite culture of India starting from 1st poet of Urdu Amir Kasorru to the modern poet like Nasir Kazmi and Ahmed Faraz, Dr Taqi Abedi gave various examples where composite culture has been highlighted by the writers of Urdu language. Describing Pandit Daya Shanker Naseem a towering poet of Urdu, who has written various verses on composite culture. Dr. Taqi Abedi too highlighted the works of Mir, Galib, Firaq, Faiz and others, who by their tremendous poetry has strengthened the composite culture.

Prof. Khawaja Ekram-ud-din from JNU, New Delhi who presided over the function said that Urdu language is being spoken in almost all the countries of the world. Some pockets of Urdu speaking people has grown in European as well as in east countries. He said that in Egypt, students are interested to learn Urdu. Thus Urdu has become a link language between the different countries of the world. Its history is full of composite culture, whether it is poetry or prose.

Earlier in his welcome address Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik, HOD Urdu and Dean Faculty of Arts highlighted the aims and objectives of organizing of seminar on the vital topic. He said that papers which would be presented in the seminar will be published in a book form for the benefit of new generation. Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik also spoke on the role of Urdu language in promoting the composite culture. Dr Mohd Reyaz Ahmed, Associate Professor of the department of Urdu presented a vote of thanks. On this occasion Dr. Taqi Abedi was also presented Rasa Javedani memorial Award.

A Short story collection titled "Mehndi Lahoo Ki" written by short story written by Syeda Tabassum from Mumbai was also released by the dignitaries present on the dice. Later various papers were presented by various scholars on the theme of the seminar. An Urdu "Mushira" in collaboration with State Academy of Art, Culture and languages was also organized in which various poets recited their Urdu verses and entertained the audience.

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