• Three-day Sargodha Literary Festival kicks off at UOS
2018-06-19 00:00:00

Three-day Sargodha Literary Festival kicks off at UOS

To foster a love of literature and to promote the literary and cultural aspects of the society, the University of Sargodha held three-day Sargodha Literary Festival in April 10-12, 2018. Renowned litterateurs, artists, academicians, writers and journalists graced the festival while thousands of literature lovers thronged it to quench their literary thirst.
Sargodha's first ever literary festival, inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, left indelible marks on minds and hearts of the visitors through a large number of interactive sessions and literary activities including the annual Mushaira, Sham-e-Qalandar, 'Sargodha: In the Light of History and Culture', 'Sufism: As an Alternative Narrative', colors of folk literature, puppet show, Marvari performance, book fair, dialogues and talks on Urdu and Punjabi literature, culture, peace and Sufism.
The session that saw the sitting area, arranged at hockey ground, filled up in the blink of an eye was the annual Mushaira. The world famous humorous poet Anwar Masood along with veteran Urdu and Punjabi poets including Iftikhar Arif, Amjad Islam Amjad, Zahid Fakhri, Abbas Tabish, Salman Gillani, Shoukat Fehmi, Hayat Bhatti and others entertained poetry lovers with their astounding ghazals and nazms. The audiences received their every verse with a resounding applause.
At the Sham-e-Qalandar, the students and faculty members got overzealous when Areib Azhar, a famous Sufi singer, started singing mystic poetry of Baba Bullay Shah and Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. Prof Dr Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor Government College University Faisalabad was chief guest of the event. Elusive poetry and melodious voice of Arieb thrilled hearts of the audiences and they had been doing bhangra and spinning their bodies for the whole evening.
Earlier, Parveen Malik, Dr Sadat Saeed, Dr Ravish Nadeem, Iftikhar Majaz and Arshad, during a reference in the memory of Munnu Bhai and Riaz Ahmed Shad lauded the valuable contributions of Munnu Bhai and Riaz Shad to the Urdu literature. In addition, special talks on 'Literature, Culture and Peace' were also held.
Three books including 'Pakistan's Demographical Transition: Change and Persistence' edited by Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad and Adnan Rafique, 'Neeli Baar' authored by Urdu writer Dr Tahira Iqbal and 'Tasi Dharti' written by Punjabi writer Zahid Hasan were launched on first day of the festival.
In the evening of the first day, Zack Group’s Dance of Whirling Dervishes (Rumi Rung), Bashir Dhamali and his companions’ Puppet Show and Lalu Bhel and his companions’ Marvari performance enthralled the audiences.