IFA@Delhi: Conference: The Popular Culture of the Urdu Language | September 08 to 10, 2017

India Foundation for the Arts
in association with
Centre for Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Tasveer-e Urdu 
The Popular Culture of Urdu Language
September 08, 2017 - September 10, 2017 | 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Room 128, First floor, School of International Studies-New Building,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 110067

We are delighted to invite you to The Popular Culture of Urdu Language at the Centre for Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University between September 08, 2017 - September 10, 2017.

The conference will look at diverse iterations of Urdu's popular culture, with participants from across the country and the world including Germany, the United States of America, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

While Urdu is typically celebrated as a language of romance and classical poetry by Ghalib, Mir, and Faiz etc., its lesser-acknowledged popular culture of movie songs, detective fiction, ghazal gayeki, poetry inscribed behind vehicles, mushairas, and qawwalis, has probably kept the language alive and kicking among the masses even as its more virtuous practitioners lament that Urdu is dying in India. So what are these popular forms that continue to thrive in the underbelly of classical Urdu and how different they are from its elite cultural life? More importantly, where does one draw a line between popular and classical in Urdu? This and other pertinent questions will be explored in a three-day conference featuring many scholars from India and abroad.

The conference each day will be held from 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM, with a cultural evening on September 09, 2017 featuring a Dastangoi performance by Ankit Chadha, at 06:00 PM.

Please follow the link for the conference schedule.

To attend the conference, please register by sending an email to conference@tasveereurdu.in

Convener: Professor Mazhar Hussain, Centre for Indian Languages, JNU
Concept and Coordination: Yousuf Saeed, New Delhi

The conference is supported by India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Research Programme.