LONDON: The second version of Lahore Literary Pageant (LLF) was an enormous success this yr as numerous viewers flocked to British Library to listen to about Pakistan’s literature and tradition throughout dozens of ticketed occasions packed in a day.
The day-lengthy occasion consisted of periods on literature, tradition, meals, artwork, politics and historical past from Pakistan and South Asia, adopted by a musical efficiency with one among Pakistan’s main classical singers, Tina Sani.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yusufzai was the shock flip of the occasion as her participation was not introduced as a result of safety causes however she took half in discussions on Pakistan, made a speech and took questions from the viewers.
The primary panel explored inside metropolis Lahore and the way it has been a gateway metropolis on strategic buying and selling and pilgrims’ routes, influencing totally different empires together with Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities beneath the Raj and earlier than partition. Prof Ian Talbot (Professor of Trendy British historical past, previously Head of Historical past on the College of Southampton), Prof Tahir Kamran (Authorities School College) and Prof Yasmin Khan (Affiliate Professor at College of Oxford) took half in discussions.
Kamila Shamsie, Mirza Waheed (Kashmiri journalist and writer of two novels set in Kashmir), Tahmima Anam and BBC journalist Razia Iqbal held a panel on 1947 partition and the way it affected lives of so many.
Muneeza Shamsie, Aamer Hussein and Prof Amina Yaqin (chair of the Centre for Modern Pakistan, SOAS) mentioned historical past and rise of Pakistan’s English fiction, memoirs, and poetry.
Madhur Jaffrey, Sumayya Usmani Prof Elizabeth Collingham spoke about cultural trade and id associated to India and Pakistan.
Malala Yusufzai spoke as particular visitor on the pageant and re-referred to as that incomplete journey to high school in Swat which she by no means accomplished and ended up at a Birmingham hospital.
Sarfraz Manzoor spoke about British Muslim id and the way was it rising up in Luton in a Pakistani family after which discovery of his personal life by way of music Bruce Springsteen.
Baroness Shreela Flather, Nayyar Ali Dada, Prof Sarah Ansari spoke about transformation of Lahore and the way in the course of the Raj, figures reminiscent of Sir Ganga Ram had a imaginative and prescient of a flourishing trendy metropolis unbound by caste and color and that very same imaginative and prescient is being carried ahead which could be witnessed in trendy Lahore at the moment.
Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Christina Lamb and Owen Bennett-Jones examined Pakistan’s 70 years of independence.
Arfa Sayeda Zehra and Dr Asif Farrukhi talked about Urdu author Ismat Chughtai (1915–ninety one) and her significance.
Others who took half in numerous periods included Prof Ashoke Chatterjee, Adeela Suleman, Prof Shehnaz Ismail, Prof Salima Hashmi, Shezad Dawood, Razi Ahmed and Aneela Shah.
The delegates of Lahore Literary Pageant (LLF) have been hosted over dinner on the Richmond house of former Punjab Meeting lawmaker and PML-N-UK chief Dr Ashraf Chohan. Main British Pakistani and delegates of LLF have been in attendance the place diplomats from American embassy have been additionally in attendance.
Syed Ibne Abbas, the Excessive Commissioner, felicitated Razi Ahmad, Founding father of LLF and his whole workforce on placing collectively the second version of the LLF London. He stated: “This can be a commendable initiative that may not solely showcase Pakistani literature, artwork and tradition in the UK however would develop robust linkages between the literary circles of our two nations.
The occasion is being held on the most opportune time when the general surroundings for open public discourse in Pakistan is extra enabling, thereby offering a chance to our nice literary figures to contribute towards altering the notion of the nation positively.”
Aneela Shah stated that it is very important placed on show Pakistan’s tradition earlier than the western world to mirror the truth of Pakistan. She stated that tens of millions of Pakistanis now reside within the West and their reference to Pakistan is of excessive worth.
Razi Ahmad remarked that attendance of numerous viewers in all periods confirmed that there’s a lot keenness on understanding about Pakistan.
He stated that this yr’s LLF was held in reference to Pakistan’s seventieth Independence Anniversary.
He introduced that subsequent yr’s pageant can be even greater and can provide you with new concepts and initiatives.
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