According to English novelist Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) – For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

This month at Mehfil, lets amble on a charming journey to discover womens’ literature in Urdu. Join us as we scrounge out Urdu novels, short stories and poems written by women themselves. From Ismat Chugtai and Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider to Rashid Jahan and women poets like Parveen Shakir, Fehmida Riaz and Kishwa Naheed, lets unveil the curtain and see these women in flesh and blood through their potent writings and poetry.

DATE – Tuesday, 10th April 2012
TIME – 7pm
PLACE -Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
Entry is free

About Mehfil:  There is a yearning across people of all generations, to understand the language of Urdu. It seems very detached and alienated from us, though it is prevalent in our art and popular culture. Mehfil is a club, which attempts to simplify and bring the language of Urdu and its culture closer to home. The club meets once a month – every second Tuesday – at the Prithvi adda and discusses everything related to the language of Urdu. Whether it is Mughal history, which is connected to the Urdu or Gulzar’s lyrics of a popular mainstream song. We try to pronounce the ghs and the khs, which sound magical when spoken in Urdu and we also watch interesting Urdu based films. Sometimes we call young singers, poets and lyricists who have managed to balance the hip, contemporary culture incorporating the Urdu language. We want to make the language accessible and also hope to shed some of the baggage attached to it. A team of Urdu lovers have come together – Urdu laureates like Javed Siddiqui, Shama Zaidi, Salim Arif and passionate team of Urdu novices Arwa Mamaji and Priya Nijhara who run this blog on Urdu for beginners – we want to bridge the gap and make the language and its experience affable to all ages.