Embassy to organize nationwide mushaira
WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s embassy in Washington DC will start organizing a nationwide mushaira (live poetry recitation) annually apart from making it a monthly feature in this area.
This was announced by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani on Friday (November 7) during his concluding remarks at the end of a mushaira, which he described as the first one of many such events being planned in the coming months.
The event also marked the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal (Shair-e-Mashriq: Poet of the East) on November 9. The Ambassador told the gathering that the date was moved from November 9 to November 7 for the community’s convenience.
A significant number of the Pakistani-American community members attended the evening.
Highlighting the importance of cultural aspects of the nation, Husain Haqqani remarked that such activities will also provide overseas Pakistanis and international community with an opportunity to see Pakistan from a cultural perspective instead of security issues only.
The Ambassador hoped that such cultural events will give the community members a chance to stay connected to their culture which they miss being away from the homeland.