Literary taste will help build the personality of children: S A Shukoor

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Hyderabad: A seminar on children’s literature organized by literary organizations, Karwan-e-Adab and Urdu Writers and Journalists Association at Urdu Hall, Himayatnagar on October 14 evening stressed  the need for creating literary taste  among children and bringing them up  in an atmosphere of  constructive  and  progressive thinking. The meeting attended by writers, poets, journalists and  intellectuals felicitated  Mr Farooq Syed,  editor of Gulbote, a children’s magazine published  from  Mumbai, for  his literary services particularly in the  sphere of literature meant  for children and  young  generation.

Prof S A Shukoor, secretary-director, Telangana State Urdu Academy, greeted the  organizers for conducting the  seminar on an important topic and stressed the need  for creating literary taste among school children and young generation, the overwhelming majority of  whom  knew  very little about literature which  is the most  valuable asset for a living society. He spoke in detail the  services  of  the Urdu Academy which is promoting  Urdu literature  by providing  monetary assistance to writers, poets and  critics, offering  awards in the memory of great poets and  writers, conducting Mushairas (poets gatherings), running computer teaching institutes and publishing Urdu books. He said the  government grant  received by the  academy is lot more than the  Urdu Academy in any other  state  of the  country and  this shows the  interest of  Telangana chief minister in promoting Urdu  language. There is scarcity of books  for children in  Urdu language, Prof  Shukoor  expressed  his  anguish.

Farooq Syed said the fault lay with the parents who did not create interest among their children with literature and spare very little  time  to see  the school and other  activities of  their kids. Money is given to them to purchase mobiles worth Rs 20000 to 40000 for chatting and  wasting time but a book priced at Rs 40 is not given to them. He also suggested that Urdu academies should institute awards for writers of children’s literature. He spoke of his magazine which has a large circulation. Prof. Shukoor presented a memento to him acknowledging his literary  services.

Prof.  Ashraf Rafee, former head of Urdu department, Osmania  University  and a noted writer Shabina Farshoori spoke  of the history of children’s literature in Urdu language  and listed the prominent  Urdu  magazines meant  for children published in the past and  at present. Tahneeyatunisa gave a brief introduction of Farooq Syed. General secretary of the association, Syed Iftekhar  Shareef welcomed the  guests and threw light on the activities of Karwan-e-Adab.

Former News Reader of DD and  senior journalist Abid Siddiqui, compered the  proceeding  while editor of Ainae Chashm,  Urdu weekly proposed a vote of thanks.

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