Bangalore: As the countdown begins for the World Urdu Conference and the Global Mushaira scheduled on December 29 and 30, preparations for the first-of-its-kind event in Bangalore are in full swing.
The list of poets is being finalised. According to Muhammad Ubaidullah Sharief, Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee, quite a few notable foreign litterateurs have confirmed their participation.
Among them are Zafar Iqbal, Amjad Islam Amjad, Asghar Nadeem (all from Pakistan), Taqi Ahmad from Canada, Safia Anjum Taj, Aslam Asad (both from USA), Ubaidur Rahman Arif, Sahir Shaivi (from England), and Ahmad Ilyas, Ashraful Haq Babu, Syed Afzal Hussain and Muhammad Hassan (all from Bangladesh). A few other poets were yet to confirm their participation, Sharief added.
Indian poets include Hassan Kamal from Mumbai, Anjum Bara Bankwi from Bhopal, Nawaz Deobandi, Naseem Nikhat from Lucknow, Aleem Saba Navedi from Chennai, Mahir Munawwar from Bangalore, Akram Naqqash from Gulbarga, Gowhar Terikerwi from Chikmagalur, Sulaiman Khumar from Bijapur, etc.
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