Tributes paid to a rare poet, writer of our age

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100th birth anniversary of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Sunday organized 100th birth anniversary of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi (Nov 20, 2016-July 10, 2006) the celebrated writer of international fame, poet, renowned columnist, great poet and a mentor of generations of writers and poets— not only in Pakistan but also in India and wherever Urdu is written or spoken. Speakers observed that Qasmi left lasting impact not only on the minds of writers and poets of his age he also influenced various movements and schools of thought of literature.
A writer of over 50 books of fiction, poetry and prose Qasmi was a unique soul that took great pains in discovering new talent and highlighting works of the ‘little known’, said the speakers.
A large number of Qasmi lovers and poets and writers of the twin cities had turned up to pay tributes to Qasmi Sb at the auditorium of the PNCA.
Well known artist and showbiz personality Kanwal Naseer was the stage secretary on the occasion while among those who spoke on the occasion included Director General of the PNCA Jamal Shah, Chairman Academy of Letters, Dr Qasim Bughio, senior writer Dr Fateh Muhammaf Malik, Sajida Jaffer, Hafeez Khan and others.
Noted vocalist Farrukh Mehdi presented ghazal of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi “Khuda karey meri Arze Pak per utrey who fasle gul jisay indesha-e-zawal na ho”.
Director General PNCA Jamal Shah said it was the prime duty of PNCA to honor the national heroes. PNCA would keep up the spirit in future.
A documentary titled “Nadeem Kahani” on the life and works of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi produced by celebrated poet Amjad Islam Amjad was also screened to the applause of the audience.
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi had a long career as a writer and editor. He edited several prominent literary journals, including Phool, Tehzeeb-i-Niswaan, Adab-i-Lateef, Savera, Naqoosh, and his own journal, Funoon.
He also worked as the editor of the Urdu daily Imroze. Qasimi contributed weekly columns to national newspapers like Rawan Dawan and Daily Jang for several decades. His poetry has included both traditional ghazals and modern nazms.
In 1948, he was selected as the secretary general of the Anjuman-e-Taraqqi Pasand Musannifeen (Progressive Writers Movement) for Punjab.
In 1949, he was elected the secretary-general of the organisation for Pakistan. In 1962, Qasmi published his own literary magazine Fanoon, with the support of writers and poets including Khadija Mastoor, Hajra Masroor, Ahmed Faraz, Amjad Islam Amjad, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Munnu Bhai and Nazir Naji. Qasami was the mentor of poet Parveen Shakir.
In 1974, he was appointed secretary-general of Majlis-Taraqee-Adab, a literary body established by the government of West Pakistan in 1958. His literary work has been appreciated and admired by Urdu writers, poets and critics, the speakers observed.

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