Bazm-E-Urdu Mushairah is on 27th August at Iranian Club Dubai

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Dubai: August 16, 2015 By: Zulfiqar Shah  [Dubai Post, The News Blog of UAE ]

Bazm-E-Urdu, a Non-Profit, Non-Religious & Non-Political organization in Dubai will be conducting their second Annual Mushairah (Urdu Poetry Session) on August 27, 2015 at Iranian Club, Oud Metha Road, Dubai. Bazm-E-Urdu is an organization formed to serve the interest of Urdu language, the fourth largest spoken language in the world, mainly in the Indian Sub-continent region. The event is being organized to celebrate the Independence Days of India & Pakistan, the two countries where URDU is a prominent language of daily use. The event will see the stage set with prominent poets coming both from India and Pakistan. The poets include Anwar Shaoor, Abbas Tabish, Ahmad Salman, Salman Gilani and Rakshanda Naveed from Pakistan and Manzar Bhopali, Mehshar Afridi, Iqbal Ashar, Johar Kanpuri, Haseeb Soz, Agha Sarosh, Ashok Sahil, Mohamed Aijaz & Khushboo Rampuri from India. Dr. Zubair Farooq from UAE will also share the stage along with Abrar Kashif who will conduct the session.

Padma Shree Muzaffar Ali, the famous Bollywood filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, and a social worker will be the Chief Guest for the occasion. He is the producer and director of a classic movie called Umrao Jaan in 1981. The movie is an icon and a classic which has become a benchmark in Bollywood for classical movies. Few days back he has released his latest movie – JAANISAR which is already getting rave reviews from the critics and can set new records. Mr. Muzaffar Ali has also been awarded Filmfare Award for Best Director, National Film Award, etc. at different occasions. His love and connection with URDU is deep and historic and his presence at this occasion proves the popularity of URDU language, especially in Bollywood.

The event will also see a very famous and popular actor from Bollywood – Mr. Raza Murad. Owner of a very powerful voice, Mr. Raza Murad has acted in more than 200 movies in different roles. He is an extremely versatile actor who has left an indelible mark on Bollywood. He is an extremely articulate orator and URDU is his mother tongue. The sweetness of URDU increases multiple times when it comes from the lips of Mr. Raza Murad.

The event will also see the second JOSH-E-URDU award being conferred on Mr. Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, the most prominent URDU critic alive. Mr. Faruqi is a retired Indian Civil Servant who has spent his entire life to the service of URDU. He has already been conferred SARASWATI AWARD, the highest literary award in India. JOSH-E-URDU award has been initiated by BAZM-E-URDU in memory of JOSH MALIHABADI, one of the most prominent poets of last century, for the service to URDU language. JOSH MALIHABADI is one of the very few personalities in the world who has been conferred with both Padma Shree Award in India and Nishan-e-Pakistan Award in Pakistan. His literary contributions to URDU are in a class of its own.

Bazm-E-Urdu is an organization which is run by volunteers who are professionals working in different local and multinational companies in UAE but have come together for their love of URDU. They conduct many other smaller literary events as well to support URDU and its speakers. Their last Mushairah was conducted on August 22, 2015 which was extremely successful and saw the likes of Mr. Mahesh Bhatt (one of the most successful and prolific producers / directors in Bollywood today) and Mr. Javed Jaffrey (a prominent Bollywood actor) share the stage with poets like Padma Shree Gulzar Dehlawi and Padma Shree Nida Fazli. Bazm-E-Urdu feels that this year’s event will be even more successful than last year’s. The invitations can be obtained for the event by contacting Bazm-E-Urdu on their website ( or by sending a mail to them ( or by contacting their Media and PR in-charge Mr. Tabish Zaidi (0559881920) or their convener Mr. Rehan Khan (0526536367).

Sponsors for the event are E Max, Break Chocolate, Al Mostajed Technologies, EFS Facilities Services, Al Falah Exchange, Express Money, Transfer To, Bank of Baroda, Wassup Dubai dot A E, Al Ghurair Exchange and Tanzeem International. Our Media partners are HUM TV & ZEE Network. Our Print Partner is FILMFARE Middle East and Radio partner is HUM 106.2.

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