Arabic, Urdu poets steal thunder at poetry event



DHAHRAN: SIRAJ WAHAB

Published — Saturday 3 November 2012

Last update 3 November 2012 4:29 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

The Dhahran Poetry Group, an assemblage of Saudi Aramco employees and their families with a love of literature, presented melodic “ghazal” and poetry in English, Arabic and Urdu at a colorful evening recently.
Traditions from the Subcontinent took the spotlight as the night at the majestic Ad-Diwan hall inside the Saudi Aramco compound was dedicated to Pakistan’s Mehdi Hassan and India’s Jagjit Singh — legendary singers who died early this year.
Pakistani national Imran Sehar performed wonderful selections from both singers and was accompanied on tabla (a percussion instrument) and harmonium. Members of the audience appeared spellbound as they swayed to the hypnotic blend of words and music.
The musical scores took them down memory lane and sent them into the world of romance and youthful exuberance. The choicest “ghazal” that Imran Sehar sang reminded them of the magic of the music. They were swaying and crooning as Sehar’s mellifluous voice took them into a magical realm.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of distinguished Saudi and Arab poets who shared their own works as well as reciting some famous verses. Bahraini-Saudi poet Thuraya Arrayed recited two of her most exquisite and touching poems in English entitled “The Sun Can See” and “Silk Butterfly.” Her flawless delivery punctuated her lines with emotion and brought her poetry to life for members of the elite audience.
Mohammad Ali Al-Khalfan, superintendent of security operations at Saudi Aramco, delivered two of the most famous works of the late Saudi poet Ghazi Al-Gosaibi; and Abdullah Al-Sayel shared two of his Arabic poems with an appreciative audience.
Arrayed and Al-Khalfan received thunderous applause for their presentations.
There were many guests at the evening. Notable among them was Abdullah Al-Dabbagh. Their presence added glitter to the evening and provided the much-needed encouragement to the organizers.
Arrayed was thrilled beyond words.
“I enjoyed this evening very much, and it is always wonderful to see people celebrate their identity and culture and art,” she told Arab News. “Since I understand a bit of Urdu, I could follow what was being said, even though not completely.”
Arrayed’s father, an internationally known Arabian Gulf poet, was born and raised in the Indian city of Pune (near Mumbai) where he mastered several Indian languages before he learned Arabic in his home country Bahrain.
“My father translated Omar Khayyam, and has his own volume of Urdu poetry, entitled Gulbahari, and many volumes of Arabic poetry,” she said.
DPG members, led by President Adil Mustafa, were clearly delighted by the success of the event. “This was our mid-year poetry event, and it was made possible due to the meticulous efforts of our volunteers,” he said.
Mustafa expressed gratitude to Saudi Aramco Recreation Services Division (RSD) for supporting the group’s literary activities. He specially thanked Mohammad Janahi, Aziz Khazaei and Saeed Obaid of RSD for extending all help to the group in organizing its various cultural events.
Mustafa said there were two key objectives of the event.
“One was to allow non-poet DPG members to share their favorite poems with the audience because without their outstanding involvement, DPG would not exist today. And, two, to provide local poets from Saudi Arabia share their best selection of poetry with DPG members,” he said.
DPG Vice President Sheikh Yousaf and treasurer Hassan Abidi came in for special accolades for their organizational skills.
One of the key segments of the evening was the mushaira. It was presided over by Zafar Chowdhry of Saudi Aramco. The mushaira included some of Saudi Arabia’s best-known Urdu poets such as Naz Muzaffarabadi, Shaukat Jamal, Shiraz Mahdi Zia, Asif Muzaffar Sahel, Rafeeq Akolvi and Ashar Afzal.
Muzaffarabadi and Shaukat Jamal were the pick of the evening. They received rapturous response from the highly appreciative members of the audience for their meaningful and hilarious couplets.
Syed Nadeem, Naveeda Abidi and Shiraz Mahdi anchored the various segments of the evening with aplomb, poise and panache.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad A...
RIYADH: The General Presidency for Youth Welfare (GPYW) has taken part in serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques as part of the organization’s voluntary and humanitarian work. In his statement, the head of the Riyadh office, Abdulrahma...
RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, opened on Wednesday 20 environmentally friendly entertainment projects with a total area of more than 270,000 sq. meters. Among interesting features of these new parks are replicas of the Eiffel T...
JEDDAH: Children and youths afflicted with cancer in the Eastern Province have launched a campaign against terrorist attacks. The patients, their families and doctors have slammed the attacks, which saw many killed and injured, a local publication re...
RIYADH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is a major player when it comes to relief work in countries wrecked by human tragedies, Secretary-General Saleh Al-Wohaibi said on Tuesday.He was addressing some 700 guests at the 13th annual iftar pa...
JEDDAH: The General Committee for the Municipal Elections has issued new regulations to oversee the polls, which will be taking place on Dec. 12, 2015.The rules released on Monday spelled out requirements for council members, list of violations and a...
JEDDAH: The Martyrs Fund has announced that it disburses 75 percent of its annual revenues to helping the needy families of martyrs, the wounded, prisoners of war and missing persons.Approximately 25 percent of the revenues is allocated for further i...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holdings, has announced that his entire $32 billion fortune would be donated to charity after his death.The prince told reporters at his offices in Riyadh on Wednesday that he would move his asse...
MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Madinah on Tuesday accompanied by several princes and senior officials for his first visit since ascending the throne. He was met at the airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salma...
JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers has condemned the terrorist attacks in Kuwait, France, Tunisia and Egypt over the past few days.At its weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday night, the Cabinet said that the...
JEDDAH: The father of the suicide bomber who blew himself up in a mosque in Kuwait has blamed “evil” forces for his son’s behavior.Sounding confused and sad, Sulaiman Al-Gabbaa, the father of Fahad Al-Gabbaa, said: “An evil hand has sent my son to hi...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Traffic Department has denied that it is introducing new license plates for cars.It said hackers posted pictures of the supposedly new license plates on its Twitter account on Sunday. The department said the news, which went viral,...
JEDDAH: The Al-Haramain Train project is described as the largest public transportation project in the Middle East. This vital and strategic project is one of the implementation schemes of the mass expansion of the Saudi railway across the country.Th...
JEDDAH: The number of marriages between expatriates and Saudis has dropped 84 percent to 1,928 since the start of this Islamic year that began on Oct. 24, compared to the same period the previous year.The Ministry of Justice said that there were 12,0...
JEDDAH: The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) launched the idea of a project called Watani to link all parts of the Kingdom by air by beefing up activities at important provincial airports.Capt. Abdul Hakim Badar, assistant vice president a...

Stay Connected

Facebook