Gahwar-e-Adab Holds Memorable Mushaira
By Naushad Sarwar
Mansoor Usmani
Dr. Naseem Nighat
Prof. Jajeb Qureshi
Dr. Rahat Induri
Prof. Waseem Barelvy

“Politics, arm race, industrial growth or even bi-lateral talks never unite two nations - only culture does,” claimed Mr. Mansoor Usmani at the Second Indo-Pak Mushaira sponsored by the Gahwar-e-Adab US Chapter at Cal-Poly Pomona on July 16, 2005.
Majeed Akhtar
Asifa Nishat
Arif Imam
Khalid Khaja
Ateesh Vagredia

Mr. Usmani, a distinguished poet in his own right, brilliantly emceed the mushaira. Professor Waseem Barelvi presided over the evening proceedings. Mr. Jazib Qureshi was the chief guest.
Tabish Khanzada
Zafar Abbas
Rehana Qamar
Waseemul Hasan Naqqash

The poets were drawn from Pakistan and India. They included Dr. Rahat Induri, Dr. Naseem Nighat, Javed Arshi among others.
L to R : Naseem Nighat, Rahat Induri, Jajeb Qureshi and Mansoor Usmani
Sameen Faruqui with friends
Kamal Zafar with a section of the audience


Local poets who recited their poetry on the occasion included Ateesh Vagredia, Tabish Khanzada, Khalid Khaja, Wasiul Hasan Naqqash, Zafar Abbas, Rehana Qamar, Majeed Akhtar, Asifa Nishat, and Arif Imam.

The mushaira began at 9 PM after a sumptuous dinner was served by Shahnawaz Restaurant.
Admirers of Urdu poetry thoroughly enjoyed the mushaira and left with many pleasant memories of the evening

Gahwar-e-Adab should be commended for its efforts in organizing the mushaira, especially Sameen Faruqui and Zafar Kamal, Los Angeles chapter in-charge, who were visibly pleased at the large number of poetry enthusiasts who had turned up at the mushaira venue and sat patiently for five hours enjoying every moment of the proceedings.


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Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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