Life and Work of Great Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz celebrated in California

Faiz at SOAS, London 1983
Faiz Ahmad Faiz at the School of Oriental and African Studies
London 1983. Photo by Amarjit Chandan.

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
Fremont, CA.

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3 comments on “Life and Work of Great Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz celebrated in California

  1. […] Life and Work of Great Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz celebrated in California Faiz Ahmad Faiz at School of Oriental and African Studies London 1986. Photo by Amarjit Chandan. 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 … […]

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  2. fauzia rafiq says:

    Salima, tuseiN Uddari te aa ke mehrbani keeti ai. Date aali ghulti meri se. Fer ve phaira pao.

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  3. Salima Hashmi says:

    As Faiz’s daughter I was touched by reading about this event.One little clarification about the date on the photograph. It must have been taken earlier than 1986, since my father passed away on 20th Nov 1984. More likely it was taken earlier that same year when he was in London.
    Thanks!
    Salima

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