Haiku Mushaira



Haiku Mushaira

ISLAMABAD Urdu Haiku poetry captivated a large audience at a local hotel here on Saturday March 2, 2002. Pakistan-Japan Friendship Fest began with a Haiku Mushaira, in which over 20 famous poets from the twin cities participated. The Embassy of Japan in collaboration organized the mushaira with the Pakistan Japan Cultural Association Islamabad, Pakistan Haiku Society and Pakistan National Council of the Arts. The Chairman, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), Iftikhar Arif was the chief guest and Zia Jalandhri presided over the mushaira.

Speaking on the occasion, Tamotsu Shinotsuka from embassy of Japan lauded Urdu. He said that Iqbal, Ghalib and Faiz were the great poets of their era. Tamotsu Shinotsuka expressed his delight over the fact that Haiku, the Japanese style of poetry was gaining popularity in Pakistan and other countries of the world.

The poets who participated in the mushaira included, Abid Sial, Akhtar Hoshiyarpuri, Ali Muhammad Farshi, Amin Rahat Chughtai, Anwaar Feroz, Anwar Fitrat, Asghar Abid, Ayesha Malik, Azra Asghar, Daud Rizwan, Ghazanfar Hashmi, Khawar Eijaz, Mehmooda Ghazia, Naveed Jamil, Parveen Tahir, Qayyum Tahir, Rafiq Sandhelvi, Rashid Hameed, Saeed Ahmad, Sharf-ud-Din Sahmi, and Shaukat Mehdi. Each poet recited three translations from the Haiku poetry written by Japanese poets and five of their own compositions. The officials of Japan embassy, diplomats and a large number of writers, poets and others from the twin cities, attended the function. [The Nation]