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Centenary Celebrations of the Legendary Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, at Nehru Centre, Mumbai

15th December, 2011 at 4.30pm: Javed Akhtar will inaugurate and deliver a lecture on Faiz Ahmed Faiz and “Tarraqui Pasand Ahad”
Venue: ‘Who Are We’ Hall, First Floor, Discovery of India

16th December, 2011, 5.30pm: Reading of letter written by Denis Faiz, wife of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and replies to her, in a dramatized form by Lubna Salim and Salim Arif followed by rendition of ghazals of Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Ms. Pooja Gaitonde, Ms. Khushboo Khanam and Jaswinder Singh
Venue: Hall of Culture, Ground Floor, Discovery of India

17th December, 2011, 8pm: Tarai Mushaira on the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Local and outstation poets of repute are participating. Janam Manzoor Usmani will be the compere for the Mushaira
Venue: Nehru Centre Auditorium. Entrance cards will be avilable from 14th December onwards at the Nehru Centre booking counter until availability

All three events are highly recommended if you would like to get a flavour into the life and poetry of the fabulous Urdu poet.

To give you a glimpse into Faiz’s heart-wrenching poetry, here are few lines from one of his very famous poems (also used at the background track for the very popular 25 year old Pakistani TV Serial, Dhoop Kinaray)

Raat yun dil mein teri khoyi hui yaad aaye

Jaise veerane mein chupke se bahaar aa jaaye

Jaise sehraon mein haule se chalein, bad-e-nasiim

Jaise beemaar ko be-vajah qaraar aa jaaye