Friends

Faiz Ghar
Faiz Ghar is a project of the Faiz Foundation Trust, set up for the promotion of the progressive and humanistic ideas of Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984). Faiz Ghar was setup in Model Town, Lahore on 1st March, 2009, in a house where Faiz lived his last years.
Theatre Wallay
Theatre Wallay is a promising theatre group based in Islamabad. Apart from performing Urdu plays they also arrange an annual feature called Shaam-e-Sukhan
Urduwallahs
A passionate project of Arwa Mamaji and Priya Nijhara based in Mumbai. They hold monthly mehfils (gatherings) in Mumbai at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu to discuss and discover Urdu poets, writings and related topics.
Zambeel Dramatic Readings
Zambeel Dramatic Readings was founded by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan in September 2011 with a view to present texts from Urdu literature in a dramatized form to a live audience.

Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi
Apart from writing, practicing psychiatry and busying himself with activities at Faiz Ghar/Faiz Foundation Trust, Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi is also helping Faiz-e-Zabaan with its operations in Lahore.

Dr Anjum Altaf
Dr Anjum Altaf is currently the Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Dr Altaf is helping Faiz-e-Zabaan with general guidance along with introducing Faiz-e-Zabaan projects to the students of LUMS through their Halqa-e-Danish society. Dr Altaf also writes on various topics including the subject of Urdu language and literature on The South Asian Idea blog.

Burzine Waghmar
Burzine Waghmar is currently a PhD candidate in Iranian studies and a senior library assistant at the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Professor Emeritus C. M. Naim
Professor Emeritus C. M. Naim is a distinguished scholar of Urdu language and literature. Apart from being a scholar, translator, writer, teacher and founder of Urdu periodicals, Professor Naim is also a prominent social critic. His frequent criticism of Urdu journalism, which he kindly shares with Faiz-e-Zabaan is a source of guidance and information for all those who are interested not just with Urdu, but with the political, religious, literary and social life of India and Pakistan.

Professor Frances Pritchett
Professor Frances Pritchett has been teaching and writing about South Asian literature, mainly Urdu poetry. Professor Pritchett is currently working on a life-long online project on the Urdu poet Ghalib called “A Desertful of Roses“. Professor Pritchett has been guiding and helping Faiz-e-Zabaan with a variety of issues. She can be contacted via the “UrduList” mailing list.

Dr. Najam Abbas
Dr. Najam Abbas, a descendant of the poet Ibrahim Zauq (d. 1854) brings to Faiz-e-Zabaan his language skills in Russian, Arabic, Persian and Urdu. Dr. Abbas, apart from being a researcher is also a senior fellow at the EastWest Institute focusing on security and development issues. Dr. Abbas will be helping Faiz-e-Zabaan with its operations in London, UK.

Rakhshanda Jalil
Rakhshanda Jalil writes frequently on the subject of literature, culture and society in journals and newspapers. She has also published translations of the works of several authors including Premchand, Manto, Shahryar and Intizar Husain. She also blogs on Hindustani Awaz. She will be helping with Faiz-e-Zabaan operations in India.