Bhatkal community holds poetry recital

Updated 08 November 2013
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Bhatkal community holds poetry recital

The Bhatkal Muslim Association held a poetry recital here recently attended by leading members of the community.
Muzammil Kazia, president of the organization, was the chief guest at the event. He said the people from Bhatkal, on the coast of Karnataka in south India, have strong ties with the Arabs.
“The expats from our community in the Gulf countries may be living here, but their hearts are in Bhatkal.” He said most people from the region are involved in trade.
Younus Kazia, general secretary of the organization for Gulf countries, said: “Although Urdu is not our language since we speak various languages, it is our abundant love for it that makes us organize Urdu poetry sessions.”
Kazia praised Imran Pratapgarhi, a young Indian poet, for highlighting issues facing Muslims in India.
Pratapgarhi said people from Bhatkal should be “role models for the rest of India.”
The poet enthralled the audience late into the night with couplets on various social and political issues in India.
He lambasted Indian politicians for the way they are dealing with Muslim issues. He also lashed out at the media for depicting Muslims negatively. Rehan Kobatte, the president of the organization's Jeddah branch, and Qamar Sade, the branch secretary, briefed the gathering about the activities of the community in the city.


Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

Updated 19 December 2018
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Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, officially opened an exhibition in Riyadh showcasing Korean history and culture. He was joined at the event by Professor Bae Kidong, the director general of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, and Korean Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jo Byung-Wook.
Titled “Korean History and Culture: an Enchanting Journey to the Korean Civilization,” the exhibition — which will be at the National Museum until March 7, 2019 and is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia — features rare artifacts that showcase Korean archaeology, civilization and folklore, as well as a selection of exhibits from the Korean National Museum.
Prince Sultan said that such cooperation in the field of culture and archaeology is very important, especially since Korea has a great and ancient culture, and given its important relationship with Saudi Arabia through the years.
On behalf of the Korean government and people, Prof. Bae expressed his sincere appreciation to the Kingdom for hosting the exhibition.