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Allahabad University seems to be once again flowering into an attractive centre of extra-curricular activities as used to be normally so some decades ago. The two-day all-India seminar on Urdu poet Chakbast, organized under the joint agies of the Central Cultural Committee of Allahabad University and others attracted glittering participants from other parts of the country as well.

I was reminded of the good old days when this University used to be humming with cultural activities on the campus. Dramas, music concerts, even all-India music conferences (that attracted legends like Ustad Fayyaz Khan, Bismillah Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Onkarnath Thakur, the Paluskars and even the singing idol of the movies, K.L.Saigal) seminars, mock-sessions, debates. Oh, they were wonderful times. People from other cities would rush to Allahabad to attend to the musical shows in the city.
The Chakbast show was a big success. And one of those who attended the seminar, Dr Saad Usmani, said he was dumb-struck by the excellent Urdu spoken by Vice Chancellor Hangloo. Justice Bharti Sapru and Col Kak—a fact corroborated by my colleague Fazle Hasnain too. (Col Kak has written many articles for the Patrika. But that was long ago. I didn’t know that he is brilliant in Urdu as well).
While all participants, especially those coming from other cities , deserve our thanks, my purpose in writing this peace is to congratulate Prof Hangloo and to request him to keep the show going.

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