Nonagenarian Saifi Sopori’s ‘Sehra Sehra’ released at KU

Srinagar, Oct 31: Prominent nonagenarian mystic poet Saifi Sopori’s book ‘Sehra Sehra’ (In wilderness) was Wednesday released at an impressive function at the University of Kashmir.
 Sehra Sehra is a poetic collection of the author who has earned laurels for his command over Urdu language.
 The book release function was organized by the KU’s Allama Iqbal Library alongside a panel discourse ‘Meet the Eminent.’
 During the discourse, eminent scholars, writers and columnists presented their reviews on the book and shed light on the poetic philosophy of Saifi Sopori whose first Urdu poem was published in Daily Khidmat in 1942.
 The panel discourse was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir Prof Abdul Wahid Qureshi and attended by noted academics including Professor Bashir Ahmed Nehvi , Professor Muhammad Aslam, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Assistant Dean DSW KU Showkat  Shafi and Saifi Sopori.
 In his address Prof Qureshi said Sehra Sehra manifests the poet`s struggle for finding an oasis in the wilderness of life.
 Prof Qureishi said the collection bears testimony to the fact that the poet has burnt midnight oil to compose notes that have directly come from his heart.
 Prof Qureishi congratulated the Allama Iqbal Library for its initiative “Meet the eminent” launched six years back, saying it will help in preserving the visual and audio deliberations and words of wisdom of veterans of the valley and their works for posterity.
 In his book review former Director of KU’s Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy Prof Basheer Nehvi said Saifi Sopori represents the last legacy of great Urdu writers and his poetic collection bears the imprints of the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir.
 “His command over Urdu and the essential elements in the poetic forms seem unparalleled and unmatched. His poems and ghazals remind me of Ahmad Faraz and Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki,” he said.
 Coordinating the panel discussion, Prof Muhammad Aslam, Head, Department of English at the Central University of Kashmir the author has demonstrated that while choosing a genre like ghazal he doesn’t seem repetitious of, say Ghalib or Iqbal, though he seems to have benefited from both.
 Renowned satirist and Kashmiri writer Zareef Ahmad Zareef also presented his views on the occasion.
 Prof Qureishi released the book at the function which was also attended by the KU Registrar Prof Zaffar Ahmed Reshi, who congratulated the author for poetic works.
 Sehra Sehra is a self-published poetic collection of 183 poems (encomiums, ghazals and poems) by Saifi.
 Earlier Librarian Alama Iqbal Library  Riyaz Rufai presented the welcome address  and talked about the importance of such events for the society as a whole.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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