Urdu Academy pays tribute to
Ismael Merthi & Shaad Arfi
Urdu Academy’s July 18, 2010 literary session was dedicated to pays tribute to the two prominent Urdu poets, Ismael Merthi and Shaad Arfi.
Among those who participated in the event included: Dr. Tahir Mahmood, Nasir Humayoun, Abdul Razzak Adenwala, Ken Sherfy, Jawed Umerani and Misbah Rahman. Urdu Academy President welcomed the guests and Nagesh Avadhani thanked the guests at the conclusion of the session.
Like his was a contemporary of prominent Urdu poets, Altaf Hussain Hali and Maulana Shibli Nomani. Molvi Ismael Merthi (1844-1917) also dedicated his poetry to guide both adults and children. He was a teacher by profession and authored a number of text books for school children. He also wrote many long poems only for children. His poetry is published as “Kulliyat-e-Merthi.”
Here are glimpse from the event: (Photographs by Jawed Umerani)