Two-day seminar on the life & legacy of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

By TCN News

New Delhi: A two-day seminar on entitled Azad Qalam: Revisiting the life & legacy of K A Abbas begins today in the national capital. Seminar is part of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Centenary Celebrations and is organized with the collaboration of Nehru Memorial Museum & Library.

Abbas was famous screen-writer, novelist and journalist. He was born on June 7, 1914 in Panipat, Haryana.

The seminar is open to the public and schedule is as follows:

Programme Schedule: Friday, 14 March 2014

Welcome: 9.00 a.m. – 9.05 a.m.
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New Delhi

Opening remarks: 9.05 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Hon’ble Aziz Quraishi,
Governor of Uttarakhand and Chairman,
K A Abbas Centenary Celebrations Committee,
New Delhi

Inaugural address:
9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Mr. P. Sainath,
The Hindu,
Mumbai

Vote of Thanks:
Dr. Syeda S. Hameed,
Member, Planning Commission,
New Delhi
and Organising Secretary, K A Abbas Centenary Celebrations Committee, New Delhi

10.45 a.m.- 12.45 p.m. Session I: ‘Abbas the Public Intellectual’
Chair: Mr. I. A. Rehman,
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,
Lahore

Speakers:

Dr. Hilal Ahmed,
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,
Delhi
‘In the Realm of the Popular:
The intellectual politics of K. A. Abbas’

Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil,
Writer and Independent Researcher,
New Delhi
‘A Reflection of Nehruvian India in the
Ouvre of K. A. Abbas’

1.45 p.m.–4.30 p.m.
Session II:
‘Abbas the Auteur ‘

Chair:
Mr. Suresh Kohli,
Author and poet,
New Delhi

Speakers:
Mr. Ravikant,
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,
Delhi
‘The ‘aam’ and the ‘khaas’ in Abaas’s Films’

Mr. I. A. Rehman,
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,
Lahore
‘Opening the Door to Realism’

Mr. S.M.M. Ausaja,
Film Historian and Archivist,
Author of the best-selling book Bollywood in Posters,
Mumbai
‘The Celluloid Journey of Abbas’

6:30pm: Multi-media presentation on K.A. Abbas in the Auditorium, NMML.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

9.30 a.m.-12.45 p.m. Session III: ‘Abbas the Progressive’

Speaker:

10.15 a.m.- 10.30 a.m.
Speakers: Dr. Zoya Zaidi,
Aligarh
‘Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, the Man in the
Light of his Short Stories’

Tea Break
Dr. Ludmila Vasilyeva
Institute of Oriental Studies,
Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow
‘K A Abbas:
Soviet roos ki nazar mein’

Mr. Anwer Abbas,
Writer,
Pakistan.
‘Abbas:
The man behind the lens’

12.45 p.m. -1.45 p.m.
Lunch

1.45 p.m. -4.00 p.m.
Session IV:
‘Abbas the Journalist’

Chair: Dr. Ludmila Vasilyeva,
Institute of Oriental Studies,
Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow

Speakers:

4.00 p.m. -4.15 p.m.
Valedictory Address:

4.15 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Concluding Remarks:

Mr. Pervaiz Alam,
Broadcaster,
New Delhi
‘Khwaja Abbas:
A Veteran Journalist’

Prof. Ali Javed
University of Delhi,
Delhi.
‘Social Concerns in the Journalistic Writings of Abbas’

Mr. Khurshid Akram,
Writer,
New Delhi
‘Azad Qalam:
A relook vis a vis our times’

Prof. Gopi Chand Narang,
Former President of the Sahitya Akademi,
New Delhi

Dr. Syeda S. Hameed,
Member, Planning Commission,
and Organising Secretary, K A Abbas Centenary Celebrations Committee,
New Delhi

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