Tributes Paid to Irfan
Murtaza’s Genius at Book-Launching Ceremony
By Naushad Sarwar
to R: Jehandad Khan, N.M. Jadmani, Irfan Murtaza, Khalid
Khaja, Anwar Khwaja, Arif Mansuri and Rajuddin Peerzada
Anaheim, CA: “If I find
you writing poetry again, you will be duly punished.”
This note of warning was served by a loving mother to her
gifted son quite a few years back. Today, the mother prides
on her son’s literary acquisitions. Irfan Murtuza has
earned a name in literary circles – he is a well-known
poet and prose writer today.
Chanda and Tasveerain, two of his books, were launched at
the Anaheim Marriot on May 12, 2006 and the event proved to
be a memorable one for literary circles in the Los Angeles
L to R: Masroor Jawed, Younus
Ejaz, Arif Imam, Tariq Hashmi, Sukaina Pinhaan, Shawn
Murtaza and Bilal Murtaza
Mr. Irfan Murtaza is the founder
and President of the Urdu Writers Society, Inc. He came to
the United States 20 years ago without the slightest inkling
that in the not too distant future he would make a mark in
the literary circles of LA. “Mr. Khalid Khaja and Mr.
Arif Imam undoubtedly are my mentors and teachers in believing
me and critiquing my writing until it came upon me,”
Mr. Irfan commented in an interview with The Daily Jang.
With three books in his bag, Mr. Murtaza was all set to showcase
his Audio Book – rare to find in the literary milieu
called Chanda. The books Chanda and Tasveerain have already
been inaugurated in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad where they
have won wide acclaim. Chanda is especially meant for immigrants
who are not fully familiar with the Urdu script but it has
also immense appeal for lovers of literature who enjoy poetry
with music. The Audio Book Chanda elegantly features 75 love
poems from Murtaza’s three books. Tasveerain presents
his imaginary and captivating conversation with well-known
Glimpses of the book-launching ceremony and mushaira
The inaugural function was ably
emceed by the popular literary persona of Los Angeles, Mr.
Khalid Khaja, who welcomed the distinguished guests. Prominent
literary personalities graced the occasion. The guests included:
Dr. Pinhaan (Austin), Mr. Younus Ejaz (Dallas), Mr. Rafiuddin
Raaz (Karachi) who was the chief guest, Consul General Noor
Muhammad Jadmani, General Jehandad Khan, former Sindh Governor
who now heads the Al-Shifa Eye Trust, Khalid Khaja, Arif Imam,
Anwar Khaja, Wasi Naqqash, Arif Mansoori, Tariq Hashmi and
Younus Ejaz (Dallas), Masroor Jawed (NY), and Mr. Niaz.
Mr. Murtaza’s sons Shawn Murtaza and Bilal Murtaza also
paid tribute to their father and described how their lives
are enlivened by an aroma of profound literature day in and
day out. The gathering paid rich tributes to Mr. Irfan Murtaza.
It was a memorable night that seemed to spotlight the literary
genius of the encyclopedic Irfan Murtaza. His books sold like
hot cakes and the sale was a true indicator of Mr Murtaza’s
popularity as poet and writer.