Rich tributes were paid to poet philosopher Allama Iqbal at a Mehfil-e-Mushaira (poetic recital), and live music at the Pakistan High Commission London on the evening of 21 April 2016. The High Commission organized the event in collaboration with the Urdu Markaz London. H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK presided over the Mushaira. The poets from across the UK and Pakistan recited their popular poems and ghazals in accordance with the occasion and received thunderous applause from the audience.
Renowned scholar of Iqbaliat Professor Dr Muhammad Sharif Baqa and acclaimed BBC broadcaster Raza Ali Abidi presented short papers on Iqbal and enlightened the audience about various aspects of his poetry, philosophy and personality.
In his address, the High Commissioner deliberated upon various dimensions of Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy–the highlight of which was Iqbal’s emphasis on acquiring knowledge and education. Iqbal’s message is universal and very much relevant in this time and age, and therefore it merits propagation, added the High Commissioner. He also appreciated the poets for their efforts and hard work in serving the national language and spreading the message of love for Pakistan.
Appreciating the role of Urdu Markaz London and its Chairman Dr Javaid Sheikh,the High Commissioner reiterated his commitment to the promotion of Urdu language and Pakistani culture. He said that the High Commission would continue to provide a platform for cultural events to constructively engage our community in the UK.
A the end, folk singer Ameer Shaukat Ali presented Kalam-e-Iqbal and enthralled the attendees with his performance. Besides remembering Allama Iqbal, the Mehfil-e-Mushaira was aimed to promote the
literary culture of Pakistan as well as reinvigorating a sense of pride, belonging and hope in the Pakistani community living in the UK. The poets included Faizan Arif, Yashab Tamanna, Saleem Figgar, Ehsan Shahid, Aisha Ghazi, Dr Hilal Farid, Atta ul Haq, Seema Ghazal, Basit Kanpuri, Aqeel
Danish and Najma Usman.
Dr Israr Hussain, Deputy High Commissioner and Dr Javaid Sheikh moderated the event. A large number of Pakistani community and representatives of media attended the Mushaira and were served with dinner.