Khwaja Ahmad Abbas centenary celebrations commences

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Uttrakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshi addressing at the KA Abbas Centenary Celebration programmeALIGARH, February 25- The Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with K.A. Abbas Centenary Celebration Committee (KAACCC) today inaugurated a national seminar on “Bread, Beauty and Revolution: Exploring the Kaleidoscopic World of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas”, a political writer, novelist, journalist, filmmaker and screenplay writer.

Inaugurating the seminar, the Governor of Uttrakhand, Dr. Aziz Qureshi said that Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was a creative writer and he started his career as a journalist during the studentship of Aligarh Muslim University.

Mr. Qureshi said that Abbas was an activist of Progressive Writers’ Movement. He was a true democrat with secular thinking. He was against any type of communalism.

Delivering the keynote address, noted historian and former Director of National Archives, Prof. Mushirul Hasan said that AMU is not just a university, it is like an ocean. He said that the students of this institution have contributed in creating the public consciousness and Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was one of them in relations to ideas. He said that noted progressive writers Ali Sardar Jafri and Sibte Hasan were also products of this University.

Dr. Syeda Hamid, Member, Planning Commission highlighted the contribution of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and said that he is considered one of the pioneers of India’s parallel or neo-realist cinema having written extensively for films. She said that Abbas’ column “Last Page” holds the distinction of being one of the longest running columns in the history of Indian journalism.

She said that three programmes will be organized as part of the centenary celebrations of K. A. Abbas.

In his presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that AMU is extremely proud to have an alumnus like Khwaja Ahmad Abbas.

On this occasion, Governor of Uttrakhand, Mr. Aziz Qureshi released a book on K. A. Abbas.

Prof. Shafey Kidwai, Chairman, Department of Mass communication welcomed the guests. Dr. Zoya Zaidi, Convener of the centenary celebrations, Prof. Asghar Wajahat, former Director, Mass Communication, Jamia Millia Islamia also addressed the inaugural ceremony.

As part of the celebration, a multi-media show “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow” was also presented under the aegis of Hamari Urdu Mohabbat, which highlighted Abbas’ legacy and his achievements. The show included clips of some of his memorable films, photographs, his words and voice.

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