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Daccani- A Common Foundation of Urdu and Hindi

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London: The Indian Muslim Federation (IMF) is organising a seminar on Daccani- A Common Foundation of Urdu and Hindi at London Nehru Center in July this year, the organizers informed


Deccani or proto Urdu/Hindi is one of the Sanskrit based idiom which developed in the Deccan during the 14th to the end of the 17th centuries. Enormous literature produced in Deccani comprises various types of prose and poetry to include ghazal, narrative verse, geet and a variety of prose all recorded in Persian script. This Indic idiom assimilated influence from a number of Indian and foreign languages such as Braj, Marathi, Telugu, Kanarese, Persian and Arabic. It is, if not the only, the main recorded source for tracing the development of modern Urdu and Hindi.


Stating that the proposed seminar aims at going into the Deccani idiom as a linking factor between Urdu and Hindi and its impact on many other Indian languages, the organizers said, “The seminar also intends to explore studies so far made in Deccani in India and abroad.”


The three day seminar inaugurated by a Sham-e-Ghazal on July 24 in the evening would be followed by a full day seminar each on July 25 & 26 on Deccani - A Common Foundation of Urdu and Hindi.


An Urdu/Hindi Mushaira is also scheduled later in the evening on July 25, informed the organizers.


During the seminar, Mayray Draamay London Mein, the book authored by Shamsudin Agha - renowned writer, stage director and actor, who pioneered Asian Theatre in London in the late sixties would also be launched, IMF sources said.


Eminent scholars from India and European countries and the USA including Former President, Sahitya Academi Dehli Dr. Gopi Chand Narang, Former professor and Head Department of Hindi Jawaharlal Nehru University, Vice Chairman ICCR Dr Shahid Mehdi and Chairman Ilmi Majlis London Dr M Z A Shakeb are expected to grace the event.


Complete Program Details

Inauguration: Lord Raj Bagri and Sir G K Noon In association with Ilmi Majlis-London, supported by Bagri Foundation, G K Noon Foundation, Urdu Education Foundation-UK and Bentham Institute of Management and Languages.


Fri 24 July 8.30 pm

Music: Sham-e-Ghazal

Radhika Chopra

Born and brought up in Jammu & Kashmir, Radhika Chopra trained in classical music at a young age under Pandit J R Sharma, and after her graduation joined the music faculty of Delhi University where she was awarded a scholarship to do an M.Phil and PhD. Later Radhika learnt thumri, dadra and traditional ghazal from the well known exponent of the Begum Akhtar school, Shanti Hiranand. Blessed with a mellifluous voice, Radhika instantly establishes a rapport with the listeners. A well-known artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, she is empanelled with the ICCR. Radhika has travelled all over India for concerts and has had the privilege to work with eminent singers like Shubha Mudgal, Hans Raj Hans, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Chandan Das, Sonu Nigam etc. Effortlessness, spontaneity and natural ease are the hallmarks of Radhika’s performance.


Accompanists: Pandit Vishwa Prakash (harmonium) and Alpesh Mohrir (tabla)


Sat 25 July 9.30 am – 5 pm

Seminar: Deccani - A Common Foundation of Urdu and Hindi


First two sessions (forenoon) Linguistic Studies (A) Second two sessions (afternoon) Linguistic Studies (B) Participants: Dr Abdus Sattar Dalvi (Mumbai), Simon Digby Sqr, Dr Noouddin Sayeed (Bangalore), Dr Suresh Dutt Aavasti (Hyderabad), Dr Shyam Manohar Pandey (London), Dr Fatima Begum Parveen (Hyderabad)and Dr Raheem Raza (Italy) and Dr Ravinder Gargesh (Delhi). Md quli, first major Deccani poet


Sat 25 July 6.00 pm

Book Launch: Mayray Draamay London Mein

Shamsuddin Agha

Gifted writer, stage director and actor, Shamsuddin Agha, who pioneered Asian Theatre in London in the late sixties, has several plays to his credit. He has written and acted in numerous videos and TV films. In addition to his three publications of plays, he has written for reputed magazines/journals including Franco Maria Ricci and Indian Perspectives. Fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati and English, he has translated children’s storybooks from English in to Urdu.


Sat 25 July 6.45 pm

Mushaira: Urdu/Hindi Poets

Expected poets: Akbar Hyderabadi, Zahra Nigah, Sohan Rahi, Siddiqa Shabnam, Dr Gautam Sachdev, Dr Nikhil Kaushik, Usha Raje Saxena and Divya Mathur


Sun 26 July 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

Seminar: Deccani - A Common Foundation of Urdu and Hindi


First two Sessions: Literary Studies: Poetry and Prose Second two Sessions: Evaluations of Deccani Studies and Plenary.


Participants: Dr Ali Asani (Harvard), Dr Giorgio Milanetti, Mr Kasim Dalvi (London), Dr Mahender Verma (York), Dr Saleem Quraishi (London), Dr Gautam Sacdev (London) Dr Taghi Abedi (Canada), Dr Muzaffar Shimiri (Hyderabad), Dr N Farees (Hyderabad), Mr Amin Mughal (London).





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