Bazm-e-Adab, The Urdu Literary Society of St.Stephen’s College has been continuing its legacy of working for the advancement of the Urdu language and literature for many decades now. From the mystical and soulful renditions of Qawwali to organizing the annual Eid Lunch, which entails scrumptious Mughlai cuisine, Bazm-e-Adab deals with a range of activities, exploring the language and the culture. The society also organizes intellectually enriching talks, seminars and lectures by eminent speakers. To venerate the rich tradition of poetry in the Urdu language, the society also holds Bait Bazi and Ghazal Sarai Competition. In the unprecedented times of the pandemic, to maintain the aura and the love for Urdu in the hearts of our peers, the society managed to reach its audience through various social media and digital platforms as well. In the online mode, the society organized various social media series to celebrate the contributions of the prominent writers in the history of Urdu Literature. To further explore and celebrate the prose writers and writings of Urdu literature, the society organized Dramatic Narrations of short stories.
The range of activities organized by the society in the academic session, 2021-22
In the academic year 2021-22, Bazm-e-Adab organized numerous events to explore the manifold academic as well as cultural facets of Urdu language. The society commenced its functioning with a 3-day long Urdu Workshop in collaboration with Sabha, The Multilingual Theatre Society in order to provide an insight into the Urdu vocabulary, speech and diction, especially for theatre enthusiasts. A social-media series on the much acclaimed poet, Firaq Gorukhpuri was organized to laud his contributions towards the language and the literature, which consisted of a documentary on his life, a few humorous anecdotes from his life and a couple of his best known poetry. Via digital platform, the society also organized a talk on ‘Ghalib ka Andaz e Bayan’ by Dr. Shamim Ahmed, HOD, Urdu and Persian, St.Stephen’s College to unravel the mysteries and elucidate the eloquence of Mirza Ghalib’s poetry. While on the one hand, to continue with its tradition of inter-college interactions, the society organized an online Inter-College Calligraphy Competition in which a number of students from various colleges across Delhi participated and won exciting prizes, on the other hand, to venerate the contributions of Urdu writers in the freedom struggle, a Dramatized Narration of Rajendra Singh Bedi’s short story, Lajwanti was presented by Anas Arif, a member of the society as a part of the celebrations of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav’ which was well received by a huge audience. Moreover, maintaining the COVID protocols, the society organized for the students staying in the residence, ‘Bazm-e-Adab Lunch’ which entailed a variety of Mughlai dishes.
With the transition back to offline mode, a One-Day National Seminar was organized by Bazm-e-Adab in collaboration with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Languages, Government of India, on the topic ‘Urdu Shayri me Ishq ki Emayi Kaifiyat’.
In the days to come, we have on our plate, a play to organize, an inter-college Ghazal Sarai competition and an Iftar Dinner.
IIIrd Year Council Members
President: Iqra Shamim
Vice President: Sadaf Gani & Anas Arif
General Secretary: Aiman Masoodi
Treasurer: Anqa bint Arshad
IInd Year Council Members
Joint Secretary: Sana Afzal Mir
Joint Secretary of Treasury: Muhammad Khizar
Creative and Social Media Heads: Ayiesha Gowhar & Nimrah Ashraf Baba
Editorial Heads: Syed Mohammad Khalid & Shimaila Mushtaq
Merchandise Head: Naureen Raina
Extended Council: Abdul Hannan, Deemah