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Poetry aficionados enjoy 3rd Pak-o-Hind Yakjahtee Mushairah

September 2007
Poetry aficionados enjoy 3rd Pak-o-Hind Yakjahtee Mushairah

The 3rd Pak-o-Hind Yakjahtee Mushairah (poetry reciting) series was organized by Gehwarah-e-Adab, USA's Atlanta chapter. Held at Berkmar Community School, in Lilburn, Georgia on August the 4th, it turned out to be an enchanting evening. Gehwarah-e-Adab is a non-profit social organization working to uphold the culture, language and heritage of Pakistani and Indian Americans living in USA.

Sandhya Bhagat and Talat Alvi began the program by welcoming the poets and audience with the message of unity. After this, Gehwarah-e-Adab's Atlanta coordinator, Aslam Pervez, introduced the poets according to their stature while reciting inserts of poetry.

The evening was illuminated particularly by the presence of Waseem Barelvi and Mairaj Faizabadi from India and Rafi uddin Raz and Khuwaja Razi Haidar from Pakistan. Local poets participating included Aslam Pervez (Nizamat), Kushkumar, Sadaf Farooqui, Mohd Sadiq, Manorma Pandit, Tahir Syal, Sudarshan Baharai, Rehana Anjum and Zaki Kakorvi (sadar-e-mushaira).

The chief guests were Haven Trust Chairman Bobby Patel and Top line award Inc Chairman Naeem Alvi, who gave away awards to key individuals.

Despite a late start and some confusion with the food, the poetry more than made up and the event proved wonderfully successful in spreading the message of Indian and Pakistani friendship & unity through spoken poetry of incredible depth. In the last 5 years, 3 tours of Pak-o-Hind Mushairah's have been organized in 17 cities. For more information, visit http://www.gahwaraheadab.com

~ Gaurav Bakshi and Sandhya Bhagat

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