Anwar Maqsood brings the curtain down on Urdu Conference
KARACHI: The four-day 12th International Urdu Conference rose to its crescendo at the Arts Council here on Sunday with Anwar Maqsood doing the honours at the concluding session in front of a capacity audience that comprised the literati, the glitterati and people from across the city.
While keeping in line with the larger theme of the event — the 150th anniversary of the death of Ghalib — Maqsood was able to wave his magic wand to bring into fold a range of subjects. From Fehmida Riaz to Malik Riaz, from Misbahul Haq to Ziaul Haq, and from Asif Zardari to Imran Khan, nothing was left untouched. And, yet, the narrative had its focus on Ghalib. It was a worthy treat which ensured that everybody left the venue thrilled and satiated.
The final session, before Maqsood brought the curtain down, also entailed two other happenings of significance. There were lifetime achievement awards for eminent poet Iftikhar Arif, seasoned fictionist Asad Mohammad Khan and Sindhi writer and intellectual Amer Jalil. Besides there was a wide-ranging nine-point resolution adopted unanimously by the conference which called, among other things, for global peace and harmony, with a particular mention of the recent happenings in occupied Kashmir, and ease of travel within the region for writers and poets.
Iftikhar Arif, Asad Mohammad Khan and Amer Jalil get lifetime achievement awards
Earlier in the day, the plight of education and the travails of media — both social and mainstream, and both as the cause and the consequence of the various factors — kept a massive Sunday crowd involved and, at times, amused.