A date with Ustad Ghulam Ali and ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ double treat for Urdu lovers

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Ustad Ghulam Ali addresses a news conference on Wednesday evening in Dubai.

Abdul Basit

Dubai – Ustad Ghulam Ali on Wednesday evening appreciated the role of Bazm-e-Urdu for promoting the Urdu language and supporting Urdu language singers, poets and writers at a news conference in Dubai. Urdu is the fourth largest language in the world and one of the sweetest languages across the globe.
Ghulam Ali is a Pakistani ghazal and playback singer of the Patiala Gharana. He is considered to be one of the best ghazal singers of his era. His style and variations in singing Ghazals has been noted as unique, as he blends Hindustani classical music with ghazals, unlike any other ghazal singer.
At the news conference, Ghulam Ali mentioned that singing of Ghazals is not an easy task. He started singing for Radio Pakistan in Lahore in 1960 where he learnt Urdu and music. Despite the fact that he belongs to Panjab, his Urdu style of ghazal singing is beautiful.
Earlier, founder and general secretary of Bazm-E-Urdu Rehan Khan said: “We are trying to connect people with Urdu. We will continue our efforts to promote the Urdu language as much as possible.”
Bazm-e-Urdu is a non-profit, non-religious & non-political organisation striving to promote Urdu globally. Based in Dubai, it is run by volunteers who are professionals working full time for various corporations and multi-national companies but inspired by their culture and love of Urdu.

Double treat

Bazm-E-Urdu has lined up a star-studded programme with Ustad Ghulam Ali and other luminaries on August 17 and 18 in Dubai at two difference places.
Khan informed that the two-day treat will begin with a conversation with the great ghazal singer Ustad Ghulam Ali at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium on Oud Mehta Road on August 17. “The great ghazal singer will talk about his life, struggles and views on contemporary Urdu,” he said. He added that the conversation will be followed by a Tamseeli Mushaira, which will be the first of its kind in the UAE, held together by Pierreot’s Troupe of India which features Tom Alter. He informed that the evening will also host a ceremony to honour Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi of Pakistan, the 95-year-old veteran, with the Josh e Urdu Award.
Two more awards will be given away during the evening: the newly launched Alamdar-e-Urdu Award to Ustad Ghulam Ali for popularising Urdu worldwide and the Pasban-e-Urdu Award to Dr Uttam Kumar, researcher and professor at SGPGI, Lucknow, for his research on the connections between Urdu language and human brain development.
He continued that the next day’s programme includes the play Ghalib in New Delhi. As the longest running comedy play in India, with 425 shows so far, the Sayeed Alam production will be performed at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates in two shows – 6pm and 8.30pm on August 18. The play deals with a hypothetical situation where Mirza Ghalib comes to 21st century New Delhi and takes the audience through his journey from being reborn at a Delhi bus stop, staying with a university student from Bihar and a Punjabi landlady to becoming a Page 3 celebrity. “Tom Alter will be making a special introduction to the show,” informed Khan.
Tickets are available in four categories: Dh500, Dh250, Dh200 and Dh100. For details, go to www.ductac.org or write to info@bazmeurdu.org
The event is supported by Toshiba Gulf, BMW dealer AGMC, Western Union and others. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com