Poets from India, Pak come together to relive pain and pleasure

The stage was set. Verse by verse, the pain of Partition was relived, as were the golden years spent together. Karvan-E-Adab, a multi-lingual Indo-Pak Mushaira and Kavi Sammelan was held in Ambala today. An endeavour of Haryana Institute of Fine Arts (HIFA), a leading cultural organization of North India, the poetic exchange was part of a larger initiative JAFFIAN, which strives to promote Indo-Pak friendship and peace.

Karvan-E-Adab brought together renowned and respected poets from the two countries on one platform, for a common cause, appealing to their respective governments to create bridges of trust, understanding, respect and love between the two countries. After more than 13 years, HIFA revived the tradition of a mushaira at Ambala, with Kumari Selja, Union Culture Minister, inaugurating Karvan-E-Adab. The poets from India and Pakistan extended an appeal to the Prime Ministers of both the nations in written, to make constructive efforts to strengthen the cultural ties between two nations by introducing a liberal visa agreement especially for artistes of both the nations, including multi-entry and non-police reporting visa. The poets also mooted the idea of a common celebration of Independence Day of both the nations.

Sharing a common concern for the great cause were poets like Gopal Das Neeraj, Rahat Indori, Bekal Utsahi, Farhat Ali Shahzad, Kishwar Naheed, Munnawar Rana, Arun Gemini, Nusrat Mehdi, Dr Vishnu Saxena, Anwar Jalalpuri, Mohinder Pratap Chand and Nirupama Dutt. "Art, literature, poetry knows no nations, it's above politics and play of power. We hope and write that one day in spite of the physical boundaries, we can share and exchange ideas, art, literature, without the unending hassles of visas,'' reflected the poets.

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