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JAMMU:  The Department of Urdu, University of Jammu today organized “Meet the Poet” program in the Prof. Gian Chand Jain seminar hall of the department of Urdu. A reputed and established Urdu poet of Kashmir Shafq Sopuri  was the invited poet who interacted with the students, scholars , faculty members and respectable citizens.  The program was presided over by reputed short story writer of Punjabi Khalid Hussain who in his presidential address describes Shafq Sopuri a reputed and serious poet of Urdu language who has published three poetic collections and these has been liked by the Urdu world. Khalid Hussain further said that Shafq Sopuri is a good fiction writer also who has also written novel ‘Nilama’ based on Adivasi.

He has used the language of Adivasi in this Novel. The novel has generated a new discussion in Urdu world said Khalid Hussain. Earlier speaking to the audience Shafq Sopuri inform that he was born in a reputed tehsil of Kashmir called Sopure. He belongs to a poor family. He did his Matric from Govt. High School Sopure and graduated from Degree College Sopurr. He did his M.A., M.Phil and Ph. D from Kashmir University and was appointed as lecturer in the Higher education department.

He served many colleges as Urdu teacher. Presently he has been promoted as Principal of a Degree College. Shafq Sopuri  further inform that he has written three poetic collection , one novel, three books of criticism and one book of Humor and Stair. Presently he is busy in writing his Novel ‘Kashmir 90’. To a question from the audience he replied that poetry is the gift of God. He loved to write poetry. He wrote his 1st poem when he was a student of 8th class. His initial poetry was published in Daily Aftab. To another question Shafq Sopuri replied that Shair and Shabkhoon the two literary journals of Urdu introduces his poetry throughout the urdu world. On the occasion Shafq Sopuri  also recited some of his poetry and also one chapter of his Novel ‘Nilama’.

 

 

Earlier in his welcome address HOD Urdu Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik while introducing Shafq Sopuri to the audience said that Shafq Sopuri is a poet who know the art of poetry. Prof. Shohab said that Shafq Sopuri has written both poetry and prose. His novel ‘Nilama’ attracts all the Urdu reading people because of its language and the way of expression. The 2nd novel ‘Firing range in Kashmir 90’will be published soon that novel too is based on the situation of Kashmir from 90 to till date.

Dr Nazir Azad former Principal GDC Kupwara, Prof. Shad Ramzan former HOD Kashmiri Kashmir University, Dr. Mohd Reyaz Ahmed, Associate Professor department of urdu, University of Jammu, Dr. A.R. Manhas , Asstt. Professor also highlighted the qualities of head and heart of Shafq Sopuri and described him a poet par excellence of Urdu language. The proceeding of the program was conducted by Dr. Farhat Shamim while vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Chaman Lal.