A literary evening celebrating the life and work of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the great poet from South Asia, was held in the elegant Banquet Hall of newly constructed India Community Center at Milpitas in California, a city between San Jose and San Francisco.
Hamida Chopra read an informative paper on life and poetry of Faiz Sahib. Faiz was born in 1911 in Sialkot Punjab and after the partition decided to live in Pakistan. He married a British woman Alys in 1930s; Faiz also worked in the British Army and was promoted to Lt. Colonel; was imprisoned in Pakistani Jails; and, was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
Several participants including Dr. Anil Chopra, Dr. Jyoti Dhamdhere, Dr. Khalida, Tashi Zaheer, Hiten Verma, Anupama Dalal, Arvind Kansal and Anshuman Chandra paid tribute to Faiz and spoke about the new dimensions he gave to the Urdu poetry.
The guest of honor Dr.Liu Schuxiong, Chairman Department Of Urdu at the University of Beijing, addressed the gathering in his beautiful Urdu in an eloquent manner. His speech was well received by the audience.
After the proceedings every one was invited for ‘High Tea’ in the Banquet Hall.
The event was organized by Hamida Bano Chopra, who was a teacher at the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Berkeley. Now, Mrs. Chopra offers regular classes in Urdu.
Mirza Ahmed Baig