Popular Indian lyricist, writer Javed Akhtar and Bollywood superstar Shabana Azmi arrived in Lahore via Wagha Border to attend 4th Faiz International Festival.
At the closing ceremony of te Faiz festival, Javed Akhtar holding a special session titled ‘Sunany Walo Ke Naam’.
“Poetry plays an important role in changing the trends and people’s tastes. Therefore, it is necessary for the poets of today to speak of the harsh realities of the society ,” Akhtar stated. “Poetry has the ability to change people’s beliefs so poets should really take their work seriously.”
He continued, “Nothing is more important than peace and love. Shabana and I came to Pakistan with a message of love and all artists should spread love among people,” Adding that he is overjoyed with “ love and care he has received from the people of Pakistan”.
While Akhtar carried out the ‘Sunany Walo Ke Naam’ session, Azmi led the ‘Kaifi and Faiz’ session on the first day. Speaking of her father (Kaifi) and his relationship with the legendary Faiz, the Arth actor had said, “My father and Faiz Ahmad Faiz were progressive and revolutionary poets who spoke of ground realities and public situations within their poetry.” Their poetry stimulated from work and struggle wherein they asked the public to never lose hope. There’s a reason people still take guidance from the poetry of Kaifi and Faiz.”
The Faiz International Festival is an amalgamation of music, art and literature. It brings for the audience theater performances, musical evenings, film shows, art exhibitions, discussions, folk nights and much more. More than 100 scholars, speakers and panelists will participate in the event. While performances by more than 30 national and international artists are also slated to spellbound the audience.
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17 November, 2019