Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bashir Badr, an embarrassment for Urdu fraternity

Ironically, Badr has been apple polishing to such an amount that he once notably said that he can even clean the floor of the BJP office. It was in return that he was presented the post of Urdu Academy chairman.
In interviews, he keeps on stressing that there is no snap of his father in his house but Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s photographs are present in every room.
During his occupancy, the MP Urdu Academy has clogged all work. There are few functions, barely any seminars, no campaigns for Urdu or hard work to appoint Urdu teachers, apart from a couple of mushairas every year.

Urdu School in Bahrain

In anticipation of 1955 there was no community or private institution in Bahrain for educating the children of INDO-PAK origin in URDU and this therefore, was a dare for the community. MR. ASHRAF S. MOHAMMAD, a well-known businessmen an of Bahrain came forward to take a lead in accepting this challenge, and with the co-operation of his educationist daughter MRS. SALEHA RAHEEM, who invited some interested members of the Muslim Community, collected funds and formed a board of Trustees, hired premises and got it reasonably furnished to start a school. Then in March 1956, the first URDU SCHOOL FOR THE STUDENT OF INDO-PAK origin got established in the GULF.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Writing Urdu in Devnagri script

A very common perception is that the Urdu language is written in the Persian script only. However, this is not true. There are a total of four scripts in which the Urdu language is written. The names of those four scripts in which the Urdu language is written are Persian, Kaithi, Devnagri, and Roman.

Writing Scripts of Urdu Language

Many people are not familiar with the fact that the Urdu language is written in four different scripts. Especially in Pakistan, it is a common perception that the Urdu language is written only in the Persian script.
The following are the four types of scripts in which the Urdu language is written.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Urdu Literature in India

The 18th century saw the elegance of words and many types of writing like Ghazals, nazms, Doha etc. came into make use of. The beginning of 19th century saw the prosperous works of Urdu being converted into modern Urdu in the Fort William College, Calcutta. The assonance poses of ancient period also blossomed in the early 19th century. The last Divine Book revealed to humanity, Quran was interpreted into Urdu language in the year 1803. In the Present times, the Osmania University founded in 1918 in Hyderabad uses Urdu language as the medium of instruction of education.

Urdu poets that will be or have been discussed in my blog are as follows

Momin Khan Momin
Momin Khan Momin, a great Urdu Poet of 19th century, was born in respectable Delhi family of physicians in the year 1801. He used "Momin" as his takhallus. It is the Urdu of 'nom de plume'. His elementary and higher educations were completed in various Madarsa in Delhi where he studied Arabic and Persian. Momin Khan Momin was gifted with a multifaceted personality.

Urdu Poets in India

Urdu poetry is one of the most glowing and vibrant fields of poetry that is read with much eagerness and high regard even in the modern world. The role these Urdu language poets has played is huge and worth to be pleased about. They have encouraged and continued to motivate many philosophers. Their works continue to enchant and astound readers even today.