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May 7, 2018

Kulyaat-e-Nadim launched


May 7, 2018

LAHORE: When a man writes about Allah Almighty and his Prophet (PBUH) in a whimsical way, it is believed that a supernatural power is moving that person to write such words, which are above the common sense of the man.

These views were presented by the speakers at a book launch titled “Kulyaat-e-Nadim” organised by Art and Life International Society at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Gaddafi Stadium. The book contains Kulyaat of Gulzar Ahmad Nadim Sabri, who was a great poet and belonged to Khanpur, a district of Rahimyar Khan. He also participated in the Pakistan Movement and was very close to Allama Iqbal. World renowned Bollywood musician Anu Malik is the nephew of the author.

The book launch was chaired by Professor Hassan Askari Kazmi while Dr Shoaib Ahmad was the chief guest. Dr Muhammad Hussain Akhtar, grandson of Gulzar Ahmad Nadim Sabri, and Zahid Shamsi (Chairman Art and Life International Society) gathered the material and published the book for people to get amused by the beauty and power of the love of a man with his Lord. Yasmin Riaz Shah (Artist and Painter) and Dr Danish Aziz were amongst speakers of the event.

Dr Danish Aziz said, “Kulyaat e Nadim is full of objective poetry. The author has expressed his views related to religion and the incident of Karbala with so much depth that every single time you read it, it gives you Goosebumps. One day Gulzar Ahmad Nadim Sabri asked Hafeez Jalandhri that why didn’t he write about Karbala incident and he replied that writing about such incident is not a piece of cake. The book has four sections. First one is titled as Gulzar e Jannat and this chapter has Naat e Rasool e Maqbool’s collection. The second section is titled as Shahnama e Hussain (AS) part I and II. The third section is titled as Ghazaliyat and the fourth section has Qitat (Rows) in it. This poetry is totally different from the typical poetry of romance and love.”

Yasmin Riaz Shah said, “I used to hear this name “Gulzar Ahmad Nadim Sabri” from my mother. He has a very strong affiliation with me as a child. I have never seen him but one night, out of curiosity or some instinct thoughts I started his sketch and when I completed it, his grandson said that he used to look like this sketch. I am feeling honoured that I got the chance to design the title of the book. It has all the colours including sky, land, dust and represents the scene of Karbala.”

Zahid Shamsi said, “His grandson was my class fellow and today this friendship of more than five decades has achieved another milestone. We are blessed to have such names as they are the true assets of this land. I have written the foreword of the book and I really don’t want to reveal so much about the book. But if someone has interest in reading an exceptional piece of poetry which represents the love of God, he must read this.”

Dr Shoaib Ahmad said, “I always adore that piece of writing which do not propagate about romance or cheap publicity stunts. We have such remarkable diamonds in this society which are totally neglected. We have to work for the betterment of our society.”

Dr Muhammad Hussain Akhtar said, “I was in Matric when I got to know that the man I used to call Abba Jan is actually my grandfather. He was full of life. When he was writing Shahnama e Hussain, he became very weak and I asked about his health. He replied that while writing about it I feel that I am there with them facing every single difficulty which they faced. My grandfather was an exceptional man. He was the man with purpose, vision and unlimited blessings. He has always helped the needy and it was his wish to bring his work to Lahore. I am feeling so self-satisfied that I could bring his work here.”

Professor Hassan Askari said that if society doesn’t know about a gem like a person, then it is the bad luck of that society. We should encourage our young generation to read books and be critical. Gulzar’s poetry is so imaginative that we pictured everything. This is an awesome book for those, who are seeking something.”

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