Urdu Academy of North America presents Gulha-e-Rangarang
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The Urdu Academy of North America held monthly literary session on April 16, 2023 at the Chandni Restaurant, Newark CA as well as on Zoom.
The event was dedicated to the poetry of choice by the readers.
Qazi Habib was MC of the event that was coordinated Mr. Arshad Rashid a senior member of the Urdu Academy.
Mr. Hatim Rani poetry a popular poem by Shabbir Muzaffarpuri: Wo sajdoN k shauqin ghazi kahaN haiN.
Mr. Tasadduq Hussein Attari recited a ghazal by Moin Ahsan Jazbi: Ye nahiN hai k tujhe maeN ne pukara kum hai.
Next, Ms Akhila Mangesh amused the audience with presentation of poems of Ahmed Faraz and Parveen Shakir: Bhale dinoN ki baat hai (Ahmed Faraz); Harf e taza naee Khushbu mae likha chahta hai (Parveen Shakir).
An interesting feature of the literary event was presentations by two teen agers. Aleena Zaheer, 13, presented a ghazal of her grandfather (Tashie Zaheer) while Riyan Townsley recited a ghazal of Prof Anwar Anjum, the late elder brother of Tashie Zaheer.
Ms. Anjum Zishan presented a popular poem of Shakeel Badayuni: Hangama e gham se tung aa ker, izhar e musarrat ker baithe.
Ms. Rana Rahbar Qureshi recited a ghazal by Basir Sultan Kazmi: Ye nahiN hai k tujhe maeN ne pukara kum hai.
Ms. Zeba Rizvi was next to amuse the audience with presentation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz poetry: Chand roz aur meri jaan- nazm; Subh e azadi(Ye dagh dagh ujala)-nazm.
Mr. Abdus Sattar Ghazali recited a ghazal of Kishan Bihari Noor: Nazar Mila Na Sake Ham Us Nigah Ke Baad.
Mr. Riaz Niazi was next to present poetry of Josh Malihabadi: Kya gulbadani, gulbadani, gulbadani haiNazm.
Mr. Mahmood Hasan recited a popular poem of Dilawar Figar, Sha’er e Azam.
Ms Suraiya Jabeen amused the audience with her melodious presentation of poetry of Ehsan Danish: Ishq ki dunya meiN ek hangama barpa kerdia.
Ms. Priya thrilled the audience with her melodious presentation of Qateel Shifai’s ghazal: Wo dil hi kia tere milne ki jo dua na kare.
Ms. Sulekha Choudhri was next to amuse the audience with her melodious presentation of Jigar Moradabadi’s popular ghazal: Tabiat in dinoN begana e gham hoti jaati hai…
The final presented of the event was Ms. Roohi Husain who recited a popular ghazal of Momin Khan Momin: Wo jo hum meiN tum meiN qarar tha.
The program ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Tashie Zaheer, President of the Urdu Academy of North America.