The Centre organizes and hosts a wide array of events including literary discussions, book launches, workshops, classical music performances, film screenings and visual art exhibitions. The events programme includes four long-running series—Halqa-e-Danish, Bazm-e-Adab, Khokha Natak, and Raag Shaam—as well as a myriad of unique events each semester. The series and events are planned by the Centre’s co-director Bilal Tanweer, in conjunction with various faculty members. The logistics, promotion, and coverage of these events is handled by a team led by the Centre’s co-ordinator Aroosa Subhani.
AHMAD BILAL AWAN BAZM-E-ADAB
Bazm-e-Adab—the word bazm meaning gathering—was originally designed as an academic and literary sitting with scholars of Urdu Literature. In Fall 2018 it was renamed to honour Dr. Ahmed Bilal Awan after his untimely passing.
Dr. Ahmad Bilal Awan remained Assistant Professor of South Asian Literature at the Gurmani Centre for several years. He was a devoted teacher, mentor, and friend to all who had the opportunity to study from him—inspiring a love for literature in all his students. The series hoped to continue his legacy of unmatched passion and appreciation for Urdu Literature.
Bilal Tanweer is Associate Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at LUMS. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University and is an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His publications include the novel, The Scatter Here Is Too Great (HarperCollins) and translation, Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures by Muhammad Khalid Akhtar (PanMacmillan India). He has been co-director of the Centre since 2018.
Aroosa Subhani is in charge of administrative matters at the Gurmani Centre and heads the logistics, marketing, and coverage of the Centre’s events. She holds an M.Phil in English Literature from Kinnaird College for Women University. She has been working at LUMS since 2015 and has been the Co-ordinator of the Gurmani Centre since 2018.