Jumbo Editorial Team
The Rawalpindi Arts Council, one of the leading institutions in the promotion of arts and culture in the Potohar region, scored another point by hosting the launching ceremony young poet Wajiul Hasnain Nizami’s maiden book ‘Nain Say Ain Tak’ on May 26.
Syed Asif Salahuddin, Chairman, Ad Group, was the chief guest in the function which was presided over by Shahid Hussain Tareen, a famous poet.
“Literature is the reflection of the society, which can play an important role in social change according to situation. It’s very heartening that the young poets of Rawalpindi like Wajiul Hasnain are thinking of bringing about revolutionary change in the society,” Asif Salahuddin remarked in his speech on the occasion.
“The harmony in Wajiul Hasnain’s poetry is due to his keen interest in music. He is a staunch follower of Amir Khusro,” Shahid Tareen observed.
Naheed Manzoor, a guest of honour, also reckoned that Wajiul Hasnain’s keen interest in music also reflected in his poetry which differentiated him from other young poets.
Waqar Ahmed, Resident Director, Rawalpindi Arts Council, in his welcome address, praised the young poet for having compiled his collection in book form.
Quite a few literary organizations from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the book launch and appreciated the efforts of Rawalpindi Arts Council for encouraging new talent of the region.
The poet, Wajiul Hasnain, also performed on ‘sitar’ and a local singer, Shabih Sen, enthralled the audience by singing his songs. The Rawalpindi Arts Council, located on Murree Road in the vicinity of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, has remained quite active by organizing various events from time to time. It was established as Pakistan Arts Council in 1966 as an autonomous body and supported through grants from the Federal Government as well as the provincial government of the Punjab, while it was restructured in 1975.