Kahani Mela IN Dubai
Dubai — It was a feast for ears, an evening that ushered into Dubai an unfamiliar but fascinating world of Urdu fiction.Billed
as ‘Kahani Mela’ or a festival of stories, the event was organised by Adab Dost (Friend of Literature), a writers’
society, at a local hotel in Dubai recently.
Alavi, renowned Indian scholar and critic, presided over the
function while leading Pakistani short story writer and TV playwright Mohammed Mansha Yad was the guest
of honour.The ‘kahani Mela’, representing a fusion of forms to promote fiction, brought together a host of prose
writers and poets from the UAE,India and Pakistan who read their stories and
recited their verses called ‘Shair Kahani’.They included short story writers Mansha Yad, Ashraf Shad, Islam Azmi,Pir Mohammed and Najmul Hasan
Rizvi and poets Yaqub Tassawar, AbuTalib Naqvi Aneem, Tasneem Abidi and Dr Sarwat Zehra. Their works reflected diverse themes
and portrayed life and its complications in different settings, both familiar and unfamiliar.
Prof.Waris Alavi, addressing the gathering praised fiction writers for holding amirror to society, interpreting events
and highlighting human relationships.Criticising those who consider fiction inferior to poetry, he said it is a wrong notion
as both are equally important.Shakespeare and Charles Dickens both are loved for their creative genius.
"I personally feel that I was enriched by reading fiction of past masters.Their works certainly enhance our knowledge
about life and this universe," he added.
Earlier, opening the Kahani Mela, Mansha
Yaad expressed his happiness over the increasing influence of Urdu fiction and its quest for new
horizons. The Kahani Mela also featured the launch of Dubai-based author Najmul Hasan Rizvi's two books
‘Oxygen’ and ‘Mazrat Ke Saath’. Oxygen is Rizvi's fifth collection of short stories while the other
book is an anthology of his satirical columns presented in a TV show ‘Mazrat ke Saath’ over the past four years.Abu
Dhabi-based humourist Mohammed Kabir Khan presented a paper on the book.
producer of the TV show Adeel Khan and other members of the team,
Farrukh Murad and Iqbal Maladwala, also attended the ceremony.
Mela compered by the poet Zahoorul Islam Jawaid attracted a large number of fiction lovers.
They remained glued to their seats until the end. For an evening devoted solely to fiction,it
was a unique and delightful experience,and as interesting as fiction for many.