Announcing this here on Thursday, Mohammad Obaidullah Sharief, Vice Chairman of the Conference and Editor-in-Chief, Daily Pasban, said that the conference, to be held at Hotel Capitol on December 29, would be inaugurated by Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj whereas the Mushaira will take place at the Shivajinagar Stadium at 9 pm the next day.
Twenty literary luminaries and about 400 delegates are expected to take part in the conference. Former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh will preside over the conference and Dr Karan Singh, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, and K Rahman Khan, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, will be the chief guests.
Gopichand Narang, former Chairman of the Sahitya Academy, will deliver the keynote address.
The Mushaira is likely to draw about 51 poets from across India and abroad.
‘No financial support from Govt.’
According to Sharief, the conference needs ‘generous support’ from Urdu lovers and does not expect any financial backing by the State Government
The conference, a first-of-its-kind event being held in Karnataka, aims at finding solutions to problems being faced by Urdu.