Monthly Archives: March 2017

Ather Farouqui bags Sahitya Academy translation award for Sons of Babur

Sikandrabad (Bulandshahr(, UTTAR PRADESH  / NEW DELHI :

Ather Farouqui
Ather Farouqui

New Delhi:

The Sahitya Akademi (Academy of Letters) has conferred its translation award for the year on Ather Farouqui, a distinguished intellectual, prolific writer-activist and General Secretary of the Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu (Hind) for his Urdu and Hindi translations (Babur ki Aulad) of Sons of Babur, an English play scripted by Union External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid.

Speaking to TCN Farouqui express his happiness. He added, “the book is important for it highlights the fact generally put aside by writers in Urdu, like no Mughal Emperor performed hujj, or many a times they did not marry their queen.”

Farouqui has not only translated the play but has also been its producer. The play has rung up 30 very successful performances in India and abroad. It was first staged in 2008 at an unusual venue—Saudi Arabia—and the silver jubilee performance was staged at FICCI auditorium on September 15, 2012 in New Delhi.

In addition, there was a command performance of the play for the former Honourable President, Pratibha Patil, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was also performed in London on 10 October 2012.

Ather Farouqui, who has a Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, was born in 1964 in Sikandrabad, where he did his schooling. Later he came to Delhi and joined JNU, first for a part-time diploma in mass media in 1986, then for his M.Phil in 1988. He went on to do his Ph.D there, with the degree conferred on him in 1996.

Farouqui did his doctorate under the guidance of the celebrated Professor Imtiaz Ahmad and worked on the socio-political study of Urdu in post-partition India for both his M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.

While he has no literary pretensions, Farouqui has written extensively on various aspects of Urdu, Urdu-related politics and Muslims in contemporary India. Apart from his prolific output in newspapers and academic journal, Farouqui also has six books to his credit – two of these are in English and have been published by Oxford University Press: Redefining Urdu Politics in India (2006), and Muslims and Media Images (2009).

The remaining are in Urdu: Azad Hindustan Mai Urdu Siyasat Ki Tahfim-e Nau; Urdu Zaban, Talim Aur Sahafat; Guftagu unki,Na-Mukammil and a book each on leading Urdu writers Rashid Hasan Khan and Makhmoor Saidi.

Some 15 years back, Farouqui also rendered the Kulliyat of noted Urdu poet and dialogue writer, Akhtar-ul Iman, into Devnagari script; this too was published. He has also made a very successful two-part documentary on Akhtar-ul Iman.

source: / Two Circles / Home> Indian Muslim / December 21st, 2012

Ustad Rashid Khan’s children mesmerize audience with soulful singing



For the first time ever, Ustad Rashid Khan, exponent of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana and a leading light of Indian classical music along with his three children, Suha, Shaona, Armaan, were part of a concert last Saturday , leaving everyone mesmerized with their performances.

While son Armaan followed in father’s footsteps with a classical rendition, all eyes were on the daughters, who looked like rockstars and sang like nightingales. While Shaona belted out a Bollywood hit, elder sister Suha lent her voice to a Sufi number! And from the applause, it was evident that they had nailed it.

If that is a not a break from tradition, we don’t know what is, we tell Shaona. But she counters that there is nothing extraordinary about that. “In our family , girls are not allowed to sing and perform. But both of us wanted to sing as it’s in our blood, and our mother supported us whole-heartedly . However, to our delight, baba is slowly warming up to the idea of us singing in public,” shares the 19-year-old, whose head of curly highlights were as much of a hit as her singing. For the record, her rendition of Judaai from Badlapur left the audience speechless.

We got to know that while 11-year-old Armaan is being trained by the maestro himself, Suha and Shaona were trained not under their father, but at his academy . “I felt blessed to perform on the same stage with my family ,” says Rashid’s elder daughter, 23-year-old Suha, who has embraced Sufi music. “I secretly dreamt of sharing the stage with my father. Finally it came true. I have always wanted to excel in Sufi music. Before this concert, I performed in public only once, when I was 15.That was also a special day . But sharing the stage with Shaona, Armaan and father, was beyond special,” adds Suha.

Saturday’s show was special for Armaan too, since this was his first solo act. “We would definitely want to do more concerts like this in future,” says, Shaona, who has also formed a band, named Asian Heat, with five friends. Let’s hope we get to see the Khan children and their dad together again on stage soon!

source: / The Times of India / News Home> Entertainment> Bengali / by Madhushree Ghosh / TNN / July 16th, 2015

Muslim League chief Banatwala dies

Mumbai (MAHARASHTRA)  / Thiruvananthapuram (KERALA) :
Mumbai / Thiruvananthapuram

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) president Ghulam Mohammed Banatwala, 74, the national face of the minority community and a seven-time Lok Sabha MP from Kerala, died in Mumbai on Wednesday after a brief illness.

A gifted parliamentarian and orator, Banatwala espoused the cause of Muslims in Parliament on crucial issues like the Shah Bano case, demolition of the Babri Masjid and minority rights, including the personal law.

Ismail Banatwala, his nephew, said the Muslim League leader lived with his brothers after the death of his wife. They had no children. He had attended the platinum jubilee celebrations of IUML in Chennai last Saturday. “When he returned home early this week, he felt uneasy, restless and feverish. This morning he had breakfast with all of us.

At about 2.30pm he experienced uneasiness and breathed his last on the way to hospital,” Ismail said. The mortal remains of Banatwala is to be brought to his Agripada home in south Mumbai. Several of his colleagues from Kerala are expected to attend the funeral.

Born in Mumbai, Banatwala was returned to Parliament with very high margins reflecting the trust people in the north Kerala area, dominated by Mappila Muslims, reposed in him.

That this scholar who served one term in Maharashtra assembly and never spoke in Malayalam in his Ponnani constituency in Kerala did not dilute his charisma. People used to listen to him with rapt attention when he addressed them in English.

Despite these constraints, he struck a chord with the common man as he was always at the forefront of taking up their problems, both in Parliament and outside. Banatwala was the national face of IUML, especially after Ibrahim Suleiman Sait left the League and floated Indian National League (INL) following differences with a section in the party over continuance of ties with the Congress after the Babri Masjid incident.

Banatwala was one of the Muslim leaders who vociferously argued for implementation of the Sachar Committee report for social and educational support to the Muslim community. IUML state president Panakkad Muhammadali Shihab Thangal, state general secretary P K Kunhalikitty and other leaders expressed sorrow at the passing away of Banatwala. Black flags were put up in Muslim League offices across Kerala as the news of Banatwala’s death spread.

source: / The  Times of India / News Home> India / PTI / June 26th, 2008

Muslim leaders exhort youth to join civil services


Mumbai :

Muslim community leaders are trying to inspire the youth to aim for the civil services. Three days after the Haj Committee of India launched its coaching centre for civil services exams at Haj House near CST, another initiative kicked off on Wednesday. The community leaders presented some IPS officers as role models.

The officers, who lauded the efforts of civil society in motivating youth, asked students to shed their defeatist mentality and try to crack the civil services exams.

Organised by NGO Milli Council, in association with the vocational and career guidance cell of the Central Mumbai-based Maharashtra College, the meet saw Ahmed Javed, additional DGP, Qaiser Khalid, DCP (railways), and K Moeen Jeelani, superintendent of customs, enthuse the students, a majority of whom comprised burqa-clad girls from middle and lower middle class families.

Besides reiterating the need for hard work, Javed dwelt on the importance of Marathi for those students who want to succeed in the exams conducted by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC). “I have put in 30 years of service in the police and I know how knowledge of Marathi can make the task of policing easier,” said Javed who hails from Lucknow but learnt Marathi after he joined the Maharashtra cadre.

Khalid, a 1998 batch IPS officer, quoting poets, philosophers and paragons of peace like Mahatma Gandhi, underlined the importance of civil servants and said that planned studies was the key to crack the civil services exams. “Despite the importance of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, civil services command importance and respect because it is these officers who help plan and execute the the government’s policies,” said Khalid.

Referring to a popular instance in Hindu mythology, he said: “Like Arjuna, who aimed his arrow at the eyes of the moving fish, you should focus on your goal. Cracking civil services is tough, but not impossible,” he said.

Jeelani, a former national champion in yachting before he joined the customs department, recalled the background in which he grew up: “My locality was a breeding ground for criminals. But sheer determination helped me excel in my chosen field, which also helped me land me a job in the customs department.”

M A Khalid, general secretary of Milli Council, exhorted Muslim youth to give up their negative attitude and appear in the civil services exams in large numbers.

source: / The Times of India / News Home> City>Mumbai / by Mohammed Wajihuddin / TNN / December 08th, 2009

From Little Champs North East to Indian Idol Junior, Nahid Afrin’s musical journey has been fascinating

 Indian Idol Junior runner-up Nahid Afrin is unstoppable at 16.


Nahid Afrin, the teenage sensation, who shot to fame with Indian Idol Junior, is in news after an alleged fatwa was issues against her by muslim clerics, asking her to stop singing (as it was against the Sharia). The 16-year-old who hails from Tejpur, Assam is unfazed though after getting support from Assam’s chief minister and other singers from the industry. “I won’t quit singing till I die,” she said.

With long hair, dusky complexion, beautiful eyes and a soulful voice, Nahid also has an admirable courage for her age. She is also honest enough to admit that she thought of giving up singing for a moment after receiving the so-called fatwa, but is now sure about her decision.

As for Nahid, she is already an achiever at 16. After wining various competitions back home, and becoming the Little Champs North-East grand finalist, the talented singer became the runner-up of Indian Idol Junior, and a popular name.

Here are few things that you must know about her:

  1. The eldest daughter of Fatema Ansari and Anowar Ansari, Nahid earned a lot of accolades performing at various singing competitions in Assam. She can sing in as many as three languages–Assamese, Hindi and Bengali.
  2. Nahid studied music at Bhatkhande Kala Kendra in Assam.
  3. A student of Little Star High School, Nahid Afrin was born in Tejpur Assam; her hometown is Biswanath Chariali.
  4. Nahid comes from a modest background as her father works in DRDA as a Junior Engineer. She has a younger brother called Faiz Anwer (Golu).
  5. Tarun Gogoi, the chief minister of Assam is said to be her fan.
  6. Nahid made her Bollywood singing debut with Sonakshi Sinha’s Akira.

source: / / Home> News> Television> Top Stories / by Parmita Uniyal / March 16th, 2017