Dr. Haq Explores Contemporary Urdu Poetry - Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS
Dr. Haq Explores Contemporary Urdu Poetry – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS
The LUMS Literary Society along with RC M64 organised a talk by LUMS Department of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, Dr Syed Nomanul Haq where he traced and compared the use of meters in the contemporary poetry of Bollywood to the use of meters in traditional Urdu and Persian poetry. The talk was attended by the LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr Adil Najam along with a gathering of enthusiastic and keen students. The response was overwhelming as the NIB auditorium was overflowing with students.
Uzair Kalu, the president of RC M64 welcomed the guests, after which Asad Ali Aslam, the president of LUMS Literary Society shared a brief the background of the society.
Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq began his address by explaining how ‘poetry is under-rated and misunderstood’ and how people are dissuaded. He talked about the smooth and deep flow of poetry with melody and rhythm and gave the example of Ghalib’s poetry which has a ‘force under the smooth flowing current’ and recited some of his verses to describe its meaning and different interpretations.
The topic of discussion moved from Ghalib to Iqbal’s poetry which was labeled by Dr. Haq as ‘the greatest Urdu poetry.’ To make the lecture more gripping, short audios of Iqbal’s ghazals were also played which kept the audience glued to their seats. Dr. Haq went on to recite translations of some Persian verses and talked about the ‘tulip of the desert’ after which another ghazal, ‘Yeh gumbate minar’ was played.
Talking about contemporary poetry, the speaker also mentioned Faiz Ahmed Faiz and recited some verses from the poet’s most renowned works. He shared his observation that ‘the ghazal tradition is so resilient that it cannot die.’ Towards the end of the session, a reference to Javed Akhtar’s works was also made by Dr. Haq where he explained his style and approach to modern poetry and gave details on how he plays with metaphors in his songs.
At the conclusion of the talk, the video of the song ‘Munni Badnaam’ was played, which instantly cheered up the audience. A round of refreshments ended the entertaining evening.
PakMed InfoForum contains more than 50,000 educational & biomedical articles/news items added in the recent two years making it one of the largest educational & biomedical information websites. In the following you can find the links to about 100 recently added articles or news items.