BERLIN: Urdu Anjuman Berlin has celebrated 100th birthday of famous poet Ali Sardar Jafri while Prof. Dr. Khalid Alvi of Delhi University was invited as a special guest in the function, who represented the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
The function started with Sitar and Tabla performance, then Arif Naqvi, president of the Urdu Anjuman Berlin has welcomed the guests of the event and especially thanked the Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR for its cooperation and enabling Dr. Khalid to grace the function. Naqvi gave a description of his personal contacts with Sardar Jafri and praised his poetry and personality.
A film on life and contributions of Sardar Jafri by Anwar Zahir was also presented before the guest of the event.
As a main speaker of the function Dr. Khalid spoke in details about different aspects of Jafri’s poet and said that Jafri also had great regard for the classical Urdu poets.
He quoted many Urdu critics to establish his statement and described Jafri a great poet of our times. Dr. Khalid’s lecture was translated into German language by Mr. Uwe Feilbach.
Arif Naqvi’s latest poetry collection “Khilti Kaliyan” was released in the function by Dr. Khalid Alvi.
Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Qudsia Zaidi praised Arif’s poetry and refered with great regards to his short stories and plays also. The paper was translated into German language by Sarah Zaheer.
Also the Seema Zaheer special number of the magazine was introduced in the function by Urdu Anjuman President Arif Naqvi.
Seema Zaheer, Nayab Khwaja, Dheeraj Rai and Uwe Feilbach were honoured for their services for Urdu.
The first Session was concluded with the Urdu songs by Dheeraj Rai, who also recited a poem of Sardar Jafri in Urdu, German and Bengali languages.
In the second session of the function, a Mushaira (poetry recitation) session was organised and poets had recited their poems including Dr. Khalid Alvi from Delhi, Arif Naqvi (President Urdu Anjuman Berlin), Anwar zaheer Rahber (Vice President Urdu Anjuman Berlin), Hanif Tamanna, Ishaq Sajid, Fakar Rizvi, Shahid Ali Shahji,Sushila Haque/Sharma, Mian Muzammil, Mohm. Irshad,Emina Haider and others.