Prof Jagan Nath Azad

Mushairas

(Poets' Conventions)

 
Before the Partition | 1948-49 | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000 Onwoards

Introduction

At the tender age of 9 years, Azad 'participated' in his first mushaira in the company of his father, Tilok Chand Mehrum. The mushaira was at the appropriately named Bhera (place of no fear), Punjab. On being invited to "recite something", he narrated his father's Hindu-o-Musalmaan and was awarded a lungi.

The following year he accompanied his father to a mushaira in Multan - a much bigger affair - and, having been lifted to the table-top by Hafeez Jalandhari, recited his father's Aandhi to an appreciative audience that included Hari Chand Akhtar, Balkishan Abr, Natiq Jalandhari, Kaashfi Multani & Jai Muni Sarshaar amongst others.

It is not possible to list all the mushairas Azad participated in and/or presided over during his adult life. Notably, he attended vittually all the Republic Day Mushairas (Red Fort, Delhi), the annual Shankar Shad Indo-Pak Mushairas (Modern School, New Delhi) - till they were discontinued after 1997 and not revived till 2006, the Adabi Trust Indo-Pak Mushairas (Hyderabad) and Sham-e-Bahar Indo-Pak Mushairas (Ambala, Haryana).

Below is a list of mushairas Azad participated in and/or presided over away from India. A few of the significant mushairas held in India are included.

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Before the Partition of India

Azad participated in many mushairas with poets of a high calibre (his father, Hafeez Jalandhari, Hari Chand Akhtar, Abdul Aziz Fitrat, Zia Sarhadi, Jigar Muradabadi, Seemab Akbarabadi and Tajvar Najibabadi ,amongst others). These mushairas were convened across Punjab - in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Layalpur, Multan and other cities & towns.

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1948-49

1948

Indo-Pak mushaira, Lahore, Pakistan
Azad was the only poet from India at this, the first Indo-Pak Mushaira

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1949

Indo-Pak mushaira, Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

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1950s

1950

Indo-Pak mushaira, Chittagong, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1951

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1953

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Anjuman Taraqqi-Urdu (Pakistan)]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Rawalpindi, Pakistan [held at Gordon College]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1954

Indo-Pak mushaira, Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

1955

Indo-Pak mushaira, Jauharabad, Sargodha, Pakistan [held at Sehgal Sugar Mills]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1956

Indo-Pak mushaira, Multan, Pakistan

1957

Indo-Pak mushaira, Khulna, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

1958

Indo-Pak mushaira, Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Rajshahi, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Jassore, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

1959

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

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1960s

1960

Indo-Pak mushaira, Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

1961

Indo-Pak mushaira, Rawalpindi, Pakistan [held at Gordon College]

1962

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

International mushaira, London, UK

International mushaira, Brussels, Belgium

1963

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

1964

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

1965

Indo-Pak mushaira, Layalpur (now Faisalabad), Pakistan

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan

1966

International mushaira, Kathmandu, Nepal

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1970s

1973

Indo-Pak mushaira, New Delhi, India [convened by the All India Iqbal Birth Centenary Committee]

1977

Shankar Shad Indo-Pak mushaira, New Delhi, India (Presided over the 2nd night's session)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Sialkote, Pakistan [during the Iqbal National Congress] (Presided)

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1980s

1980

Shankar Shad Indo-Pak mushaira, New Delhi, India (Presided over the 2nd night's session)

International mushaira, Rangoon, Burma [convened by Bazm-e-Sho'ara-e-Urdu] (Attended as Chief Guest)

1981

International mushaira, Abu Dhabi, UAE [convened by Bazm-e-Adab-al-Amiraat]

International mushaira, Dubai, UAE [convened by Bazm-e-Adab-al-Amiraat]

International mushaira, Sharjah, UAE [convened by Bazm-e-Adab-al-Amiraat]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Anjuman-e-Tameer-e-Adab]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association]

International mushaira, Chicago, USA [East West University, Chicago - 22 Aug]

International mushaira, Chicago, USA [East West University, Chicago - 2 Sep] (Presided)

International mushaira, Toronto, Canada [convened by Anjuman-e-Urdu] (Presided)

International mushaira, Washington, USA [convened by Washington Urdu Society]

International mushaira, Chicago, USA [convened by Urdu Society of USA] (Presided)

1982

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Pakistan Arts Council]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Hyderabad, Sind, Pakistan [convened by Karachi District Administration]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Consulate General of India]

1983

International mushairas during Azad's tour of USA and Canada held at:

a.New York, USAb..Los Angeles, USA c.Chicago, USAd.Houston, USA
e.Boston, USAf.Miami, USAg.Ottawa, Canada h.Toronto, Canada
i.Montreal, Canadaj.Vancouver, Canadak.Hull, Canada l.Edmonton, Canada
m.Calgary, Canada

(Presided over 7 of these mushairas)

1984

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Gorakhpur University Old Boys Association]

1986

Indo-Pak mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Dabistan-e-Loh-o-Qalam]

International mushaira, Dubai, UAE [convened by Aligarh University Old Boys Association]

International mushaira, Abu Dhabi, UAE [convened by Aligarh University Old Boys Association]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Bahrain [convened by Urdu Literary Society]

International mushaira, Islamabad, Pakistan [convened by Daira, Islamabad]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Chakwaal, Pakistan [Convened by Bazm-e-Adab]

1987

Indo-Pak mushaira, Mian Channu, Khaniwal , Pakistan [convened by Majlis-e-Iqbal]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Lahore, Pakistan [convened by the Rotary Club]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Lahore, Pakistan [convened by Al-Hamra Arts Council]

Indo-Pak mushaira,Quetta, Pakistan [convened by Anjuman-e-Dabistan-e-Bolan]

Indo-Pak mushaira, New Delhi, India [during the 1stWorld Urdu Conference]

1988

International mushaira: Faiz Ahmad Faiz , Lucknow, India [during the International Seminar on Faiz Ahmad Faiz]

1989

International mushaira, New Delhi, India [during the 2nd World Urdu Conferencel]

International mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Dabistan-e-Loh-o-Qalam]

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1990s

1990

International mushaira, Oslo, Norway [convened by Asian Arts Council] (Azad was 1 of 2 Chief Guests)

International mushaira, Wimbledon, London, UK [convened by Bazm-e-Sher-o-Adab] (Attended as Chief Guest)

International mushaira, Walthamstow, London, UK [convened by Asian Arts Council in honour of Azad]

International mushaira, Hounslow, London, UK [convened by Multi-Cultural Centre]

International mushaira, Birmingham, UK [convened by Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu (UK) in honour of Azad]

International mushaira, Nottingham, UK [convened by Halqa-e-Arbab-e-Zauq in honour of Azad]

International mushairas during Azad's tour of USA and Canada held at:

a.Washington (3), USAb..Chicago, USA c.Atlanta, USAd.Dallas, USA
e.Houston, USAf.Cleveland, USAg.Cincinnati, USA h.Toronto, Canada
(Presided over all the above mushairas)
i.Los Angeles, USA

1991

Mushaira in Honour of Prof Jagan Nath Azad, Birmingham, UK [convened by the Iqbal Academy (Birmingham) and Anjuman-e-Urdu]

International mushaira, Bradford College, Bradford, UK [convened by Academy of Art & Literature] (Presided)

International mushaira, Bradford, UK [convened by Academy of Art & Literature and Bazm-e-Urdul in honour of Azad]

International mushaira, Huddersfield, UK [convened by Cultural Association]

International mushaira, Birmingham, UK [convened by Fanoos-e-Adab] (Presided)

International mushaira, Cordoba, Spain

1992

International mushaira, Gujrat, Pakistan [convened byBazm-e-Zahur-ul-Adab]

International mushaira, Multan, Pakistan [during the Alami Urdu Conference]

International mushaira, Islamabad, Pakistan [Islamabad Club]

International mushaira,Karachi, Pakistan [convened by the Citizens Council]

International mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Aligarh Old Boys Association]

International mushaira,Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Anjuman-e-Sadat-e-Amroha]

International mushaira,Karachi, Pakistan [Gymkhana Club]

International mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Anjuman-e-Khawateen]

International mushaira, Doha, Qatar [convened by Bazm-e-Urdu] (Azad was 1 of 2 Chief Guests)

International mushaira, Doha, Qatar [convened by Bazm-e-Urdu] (Presided)

International mushaira: Jashn-e-Qateel, Dubai, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)] (Presided)

International mushaira: Jashn-e-Qateel, Abu Dhabi, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)] (Presided)

International mushaira: Jashn-e-Qateel, Al Ain, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)] (Presided)

International mushaira, Dubai, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE) and Bazm-e-Najmi] (Presided)

1993

International Natia Mushaira, Dubai, UAE [convened by Anjuman-e-Najmi] (Presided)

International mushaira: Jashn-e-Azad, Dubai, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)]

International mushaira: Jashn-e-Azad, Abu Dhabi, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)]

International mushaira, Dubai, UAE [convened by Unikarians International (UAE)at Dr Malik's residence] (Presided)

International mushaira, Karachi, Pakistan [convened by Bazm-e-saqafat, Elites College]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Pune, India [during the Pune Festival] (Presided)

Indo-Pak mushaira, Jaipur, India [convened by Rajasthan Urdu Academy] (Presided)

Iran Embassy mushaira, New Delhi, India

1994

Republic Day mushaira, Red Fort, Delhi, India [convened by Urdu Academy]

Mushaira, Nehru International Centre, Bombay, India (Presided)

Shankar Shad Indo-Pak mushaira,.New Delhi, India

Mushaira,.Calcutta, India [convened by Sanskriti Saagar] (Presided)

All India Mushaira (revival in Calcutta after a break of 20 years),.Calcutta, India [sponsored by Urdu Majlis and Urdu monthly Insha] (Presided)

1995

Indo-Pak mushaira, Yamuna Nagar, Punjab, India [convened by Haryana Urdu Academy and Sahitya Academy]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Chandigarh, Punjab, India [convened by Sahitya Academy]

Indo-Pak mushaira, Patiala, Punjab, India [convened by Bazm-e-Adab]

Shankar Shad Indo-Pak mushaira,.New Delhi, India

Sham-e-Bahar Indo-Pak mushaira,.Ambala, Haryana, India

Mushaira, Nehru International Centre, Bombay, India

1996

Shankar Shad Indo-Pak mushaira,.New Delhi, India

Mushaira, Nehru International Centre, Bombay, India (Presided)

1998

International mushaira,.Detroit, USA [convened by Halqa-e-Fun-o-Adab (USA) as part of Jashn-e-Azad] (Presided)

International mushaira,.Chicago, USA [convened by Halqa-e-Fun-o-Adab (NY) and Aligarh Alumni Association (Chicago)]

International mushaira,.Columbus, USA [convened by Nida-e-Adab as part of Jashn-e-Azad]

Eleventh Annual International mushaira (in memory of Allama Iqbal),.New York, USA [convened by Halqa-e-Fun-o-Adab (NY) and dedicated to Azad]

Masalma (mushaira in praise of Hazrat Imam Hussain (pbuh),.New York, USA (Chief Guest)

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2000 Onwards

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