Don’t neglect Urdu, it’s an Indian language: Gulzar

Says it’s important for Urdu speakers to reach out to the non-Urdu speakers

By Author  |  Published: 3rd Dec 2018  12:44 amUpdated: 2nd Dec 2018  5:48 pm
Gulzar and MANUU Vice-Chancellor Aslam Parvaiz at the event.

Hyderabad: “Urdu had taken a lot of words from Prakrit, Sanskrit and even English. No doubt, Urdu is an Indian language. It was born here. Don’t neglect it. It’s Hindustani,” Renowned lyricist, poet and film maker Gulzar said.

Speaking at a national seminar “Gulzar: Ehsaas Ka Safeer” (Gulzar : Ambassador of Emotions) organised by the Department of Urdu, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Gulzar said Urdu is used extensively in Bollywood. Almost 90 percent language used in Hindi movies is Urdu, he revealed.

It’s important for Urdu speakers to reach out to the non-Urdu speakers. The language needs to simplify itself more so as to endear itself to those who want to study it. Drop similar sounding alphabets, simplify it for the non-Urdu speaking population, he suggested.

On the occasion, Gulzar also enthralled the audience by rendering some of his famous poems ‘Kitabein’, ‘Yeh kaisa ishq hai Urdu zaban ka’, ‘Table Lamp’, ‘Balli Maraan’ in his unique & imitable style.

Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor in his presidential address thanked Gulzar for visiting MANUU and reminded that the connection between eminent Bollywood poet and the National Urdu University is quite old.

Gulzar had penned the University Tarana in 2014 in collaboration with Music Director Vishal Bharadwaj and rendered by well know playback singer Sukhvinder Singh.  With this, Gulzar’s relation with MANUU will continue till the university exists, Vice-Chancellor remarked.