Renowned Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi has turned 82 and a function was organised to mark the event at Daryaganj in Delhi.
The veteran poet was felicitated for his services to the Urdu world. Former UP Minister Zafar Ali Naqvi, Syed Shahid Mehdi, Khwaja Ahmad Nizami, Matin Amrohvi and a host of Urdu writers were present.
Recalling Gulzar’s contribution, Nazmi Sikandarabadi said that after partition, he continued the tradition of Urdu poetry, mushairas and ‘nashists’ (literarty meets) in Delhi, and in process groomed hundreds of poets.
Gulzar’s association Anjuman Tamir-e-Urdu has completed sixty years and is probably the most active literary organisation in Urdu. Aslam Javed recalled his 50 year long association with the Anjuman but regretted that after the bulldozers moved in around Jama Masjid during the emergency, an entire culture was killed. ‘Not every thing can be learnt in class rooms and traditions like mushairas and nashists enrich the society as a whole’.
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