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3,000 poetry lovers attend virtual AMU Alumni Int’l Mushaira 2020

3,000 poetry lovers attend virtual
AMU Alumni Int’l Mushaira 2020

Tribune News Network
The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ), supported by Bazm e Sadaf international, organised the AMU Alumni International Mushaira 2020 via Zoom application recently.
Attending the event as the chief guest, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor said that poetic symposiums are cultural events that teach the language and craft of poetry to the younger generations.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted regular gatherings and events, but people have turned to the digital world to stay connected, and these online events have become the new norm until the virus fades away,” he said. He also thanked the alumni groups for generously supporting the development work in the university.
Prof M M Sufyan Beg, chairman of AMU Alumni Affairs Committee, requested the alumni to give their details for the AMU Alumni Directory, while expressing his happiness to be part of the event. Prof Najmul Islam, honorary secretary of AMU Teachers Association (AMUTA), Dr M Kalimullah, joint secretary of AMUTA, and Dr MS Bukhari, chief patron of AMUAAQ, spoke on the occasion.
Well-known poet and writer Basir Sultan Kazmi (Sadr-e-Mushaira) and Chairman of Bazm-e-Sadaf International Shahabuddin Ahmad said the online event has managed to maintain the ambience of classical mushaira gatherings.
Mohammed Farman Khan, general Secretary of AMUAAQ, started the programme with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an, while COVID-19 precautionary measures were briefed by chief coordinator of AMUAAQ Dr Ashna Nusrat.
In the welcome address, President of AMUAAQ Jawed Ahmad pointed out the importance of using technology for continuing literary activities as people are observing physical distancing. He also spoke about AMUAAQ’s efforts to support the pandemic-hit people in India through food campaigns and extending help to the Indians willing to return home under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, among other things.
During the event, which was attended by almost 3,000 people via Zoom and Facebook live stream, well-known poets Basir Sultan Kazmi, Hasan Kazmi, Safdar Imam Quadri, Javed Danish, Iftekhar Ahmad, Saif Babar, Maqsood Anwer, Ahmad Ashfaque, Aleena Itrat, Ishrat Moin Seema, Dr Nadeem Jilani, Johny Foster, Wasif Farooqui, Dr Zahidul Haque, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, Ehya Bhojpuri and Aslam Noor Aslam recited their verses. The event’s anchor was Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani, who also recited his own poetry.
Prominent alumni and well-wishers who attended the event included Shahabuddin Ahmad (chairman, Bazm E Sadaf), Tanvir Ahmad (president, AMU Alumni New York), Fasiullah Khan (president, AMU Alumni Delhi/NCR), Syed Mohammad Mutayyab (president AMU Alumni, Riyadh), Pushkin Agha (Vertex, the UAE), Irfan Mohammad Khan (president, AMU Alumni Kuwait), Sarosh Karim (the US), Prof Shahin Usmani (advisor, International AMU alumni affairs committee, New York), Mohammed Nasir (faculty member, AMU), Aftab Pathan (president AMU Alumni, Western UP), Khalid Rizvi (president AMA-UK), Satyendra Pathak (Qatar Tribune), Mohammed Sultan (OH), S A M Basheer (president, KMCC-Qatar), Tanweer Ahmad, Prof Javaid Zaidi (Qatar University), Ibraiz Khan (president KMCA), Rasheed Chisti, Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani , Mohammed Faisal Naseem, Mohammed Farman Khan, Dr Ashna Nusrat, Rizwan Ahmad, Syed Mohammed Zaki Ullah, Mamnoon Ahmad Bangash, Dr Zainab Mallick, Owais Qamar, Danish Ali Khan, Abu Rizwan, Omar Kafeel Ahmad sahab, Ahmad Ashfaque, Ahmad Imtiyaz, Irfan Ansari, Moazzam Mallick, Mohd Irfanullah, Alamgir Alam, Mohammed Naim Jainul, Mohammad haroon, Hassan Arshad, Dr Mosharraf, Ghufran Ali khan and Anwar Nafees Khan.
Mohammed Faisal Naseem, vice-president, AMUAAQ, extended the vote of thanks.