Famous Urdu poet Muhammad Iqbal, who penned the popular song ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’, will be posthumously conferred the Tarana-e-Hind award by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.
Iqbal’s grandson Waleed Iqbal has come from Pakistan to receive the award at Nazrul Manch from the West Bengal government-run Urdu Academy.
Urdu Academy chairman and Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed said the CM would hand over the award.
On the occasion, Ms. Banerjee would also be felicitated with the title of ‘Pasban-e-urdu’ (Defender of Urdu).
An Urdu book of poems ‘Tamanna’, written by her, would also be released.
A three-day international literary festival organised by the academy on the theme of ‘Saare Jahan se Achcha’ would also be kicked off here from on Thursday.
Visitors to the academy would be treated with a photo exhibition of rare photographs of Iqbal, who had passed away in 1938 in Lahore.
Scholars from Pakistan, Mauritius and Afghanistan would present research papers on the life and works of the legendary poet during the seminar.
Altogether 45 international delegates including poets from six nations would attend the function.
The Hindu, “Bengal to honour Iqbal with Tarana-e-Hind,” in The Hindu, May 29, 2015. Accessed on June 8, 2015, at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/bengal-to-honour-iqbal-with-taranaehind/article7257843.ece?ref=tpnews
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