A book of poetry “Hudood–e-Shaam Se Agey”, by the prominent Sydney based Urdu Poet Arshad Saeed was released on Sunday 16 August at a gala dinner held at Himalaya Restaurant in Granville.

The event, hosted by Urdu International Ahbab-e-Arshad Saeed, family and friends of the author, was attended by a large number of poets, artists, academics and community leaders from Sydney, Wolongong, Canberra, Melbourne as well from overseas.

The book launch ceremony was presided by well known poet/writer and journalist Mr. Ashraf Shad while the guest of honour was prominent Urdu poet,writer and columnist Mr. Muhammad Izhar ul Haq who both pointed out the salient features of Arshad Saeed’s poetry.

Other speakers at the event included Dr Mohammad Ali, Dr Kausar Jamal, Dr Yasmeen Shad, Arif Rana, Syed Zeeshan Haider, Sana Javed Haque, Farjad Mahmood who highlighted selected passages from the book while praising the talents of the author.

Guests of Honour at the book launch with the Author (right).

Guests of Honour at the book launch with the Author (right).

“Hadood–e-Shaam Se Agey” is the first comprehensive poetry collection by Arshad Saeed focusing and incorporating romance, love, pain, sufferings, sadness and sentiments in his poetry.  Arshad Saeed’s poetry is inspirational, emotional and spread the message of justice, equality, peace, coexistence and brotherhood.

The well attended event was also an outreach to associate Urdu with general masses and to open a debate on how to promote, preserve and propagate Urdu Language in Australia among young readers and children.

Dr Fasihuddin Khan, based in Sydney is the founder member of Urdu Society and ex-President of AMU Alumni of Australia. He is a close friend of Arshad Saeed and acted as the MC at the event.