Rehan Alavi’s Urdu masterpiece: Ek Ghazal Ek Kahani
A meticulously organised event was held on Sunday 22 October at the upmarket waterfront scenic venue, The Connection located in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes to celebrate the publication of Rehan Alavi’s new Urdu book, Ek Ghazal Ek Kahani, a collection of his writings both in prose and poetry.
Rehan Alavi, an IT professional is a well-known journalist/writer/poet and an executive producer at SBS Radio. He has been writing fiction for more than two decades, having migrated to Australia from Pakistan almost 18 years ago.
His last book written in English with the title “Beyond the dreams” as well as in Urdu with the title “Taabeer ki Talash Mayn” was launched in Australia in October 2015. It has now been translated into Hindi.
The unique event incorporating innovative presentations and entertaining delivery was attended by a large diverse contingent of invited guests including poets, writers, academics, politicians, diplomats, media persons, indigenous leaders and many family and friends of the author, some of them coming from other cities of Australia as far as Perth.
The program included clips of videos with comments regarding the book by literary figures in Pakistan, selected narration from the book by Sydney’s literary artists, recitation of selected poems from the book by Australian Urdu poets, comments on the book and Rehan’s literary accomplishments by academics, diplomats and politicians, ending with a South Asian style buffet lunch.
The MC for the event were well-known poet Noshi Gilani and Geo news fame Talib Haider.
A couple of narration from the book were enacted by Legendary artist Ms Uzama Gilani enhancing Rehan’s short stories in a most entertaining manner.
There were further narrations from the book by Mrs Yasmin Shad and Mr Javed Naza, recitation of poems by Ms Huma Mirza, Mr Arif Sadiq, Mr Arshad Saeed from Melbourne and Abdul Rahim from Adelaide.
There was a unique presentation incorporating a combination of video and live narration by Mr Atif Faheem and Mr Ali Chohan of Meri pehchan Pakistan.
Pakistani Consul general Abdul Majid Yosfani and Greens member of NSW legislative council Dr Mehreen Faruqi gave inspiring speeches on contemporary situation in Pakistan and Australia as well as appreciating Rehan’s contribution to literature in both countries.
Other guest’s speakers included poet/author and academic Prof Rais Alvi from Pakistan, Prof Samina Yasmin (UWA Perth), prominent author/poet Ashraf Shad, Prof James Trevelyan (UWA-Perth).
SBS Network Manager, Program Manager and representative of many language groups also attended the event.
The event was sponsored and by various social and literary organizations across Australia and organised with the help of a dedicated team of young volunteers.