The Book release of Talkh Nawai by Mohammad Izhar-ul-Haq was held along with a Mushaera with prominent overseas and local poets on Saturday 20 January 2018 at Berala Community Centre in Sydney.
The program was organized and supported by Indian Crescent Society of Australia (ICSOA) its Secretary Mr Fasihuddin Khan and Mr Arshad Saeed.
The Chief Guest at the event was the author, Mr Izhar ul Haq, a poet, writer, columnist and critic;
The program was presided over by Mr Asadur Rehman, a senior poet from overseas who shared the stage with ICSOA President Mr Abbas Raza Alvi and Professor Rais Alvi, a prominent poet, writer, linguist, educationist and the former Vice-Chancellor of New Port University in Karachi, Pakistan.
The proceedings were started with recitation of Quran by young Ahmad, son of Mr Omar Ahmad and Hamd by Riaz Shah.
Two minutes of silence with dua was observed for the departed soul of Mrs Sadia Siddiqui, wife of Mr Zafar Siddiqui who passed away at the beginning of the New Year in a tragic road accident. The audience also made dua for Mr Zishan Haider’s father who passed away the day before.
Book release session was facilitated by Mr Arshad Saeed who introduced the author Mr Mohammad Izhar ul Haq and his literary achievements. Mr Arshad Saeed is a prominent poet and well known in Sydney, author of a poetry Book “Hudood-e-Shaam Se Aage” and his second Book “Behte Paani Pe Tasveer” is under publication.
Review of the Book “Talkh Nawai” was presented by Dr Kausar Jamal, a writer with a doctorate in the Chinese language.
Ms Naushi Gilani, a very well know poet and writer amongst Urdu literary circles around the globe shared her thoughts about the Book Talkh Nawai. Several poetry books have already been published under her name.
Mushaera session was conducted by Mr Fasihuddin Khan who briefed the audience about the importance, beauty, relevance and importance of Urdu poetry and sweetness of the language.
Urdu has captured the hearts and minds of Urdu-speaking masses throughout the world, including here in Australia.
Prominent poets who participated and shared their artistic expression, and creativity were Mr Mohammad Izhar ul Haq, Professor Rais Alvi, Mr Abbas Raza Alvi, Mr Asadur Rahman, Dr Baqar Raza Zaidi, Ms Kausar Jamal, Ms Naushi Gilani, Mr Arshad Saeed, Mr Saeed Khan, Mr Rehan Alavi, Mr Riaz Shah, Mr Tarique Mirza and Ms Tehmina Rao.
Various poets recited their beautiful poetry and expressed their thoughts on topics covering all walks of life, especially on current events, prevailing environment, political situations, various issues and occasions.
Apart from Ghazal, poets recited very touching and heartfelt Nazms as well. The audience was mesmerized by the emotional, creative, idealistic and revolutionary poetry presented by poets.
ICSOA president Mr Alvi thanked the audience, poets, organizers and guests. He listed the objectives and goals of ICSOA and its services and achievements. Mr Alvi on behalf of ICSOA presented an AWARD to Mr Izhar ul Haq.
Prominent writer and poet Mr Tariq Mirza presented his recently published book “Safare Ishq” to Mr Mohammad Izhar ul Haq.
Mr Izahr ul Haq also addressed the audience and shared his thoughts about his book.
Mr Asadur Rehman also shared his thoughts about the book, poetry and quality of literary work which is being currently written and produced while thanking the audience for participating.
Mushaera concluded with a word of thanks by Secretary ICSOA Mr Fasihuddin Khan to each participant and poets as well Media Partners who supported the program including AMUST (Australasian Muslim Times), Sada-e-Watan and Suniye Tau.