The 12th Alami Urdu Conference that invites intellectuals and educationists from all over the world is a treat for Urdu literature enthusiasts. The conference commenced at the Karachi Arts Council yesterday (December 5) and is scheduled to go on till Sunday, December 8.
The opening day featured Zia Mohyeddin reciting Mirza Ghalib, followed by Sheema Kermani’s dance performance on Fahmida Riaz’s poetry.
Other sessions that will take center stage during the four-day conference include a discussion on modern Saraiki literature, Punjabi literature and Pakhtun culture; an analytical session on film, theatre, fine arts, drama and dance that will feature Haseena Moin, Samina Ahmed, Humayun Saeed, Khalid Ahmed, Khaled Anam and others on panel. A discussion on social media, conversations with Anwar Masood, Naeem Bukhari, Amar Jaleel, Mohammad Hanif and veteran artist Shabnam Jee are also scheduled to take place.
Some important panels set to take place at the 12th Alami Urdu Conference include ‘Pakistani Media in Chains or Free?’ and ‘Journalism and Urdu Literature (with Hamid Mir),’ among others while there will be an exclusive session in memory of timeless Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
The conference will come to an end with poetry and recitation by Anwar Maqsood, before the closing ceremony takes place.
The first Alami Urdu Conference took place in 2008 and is now in its 12th year; it allows people of Karachi to indulge in activities and events designed to celebrate our subcontinental heritage and culture.