Halqa-e Danish Series: Literature & Art: The Afghan Perspective
Session 1: Contemporary Afghan Pashto-Dari Short Stories
Afghanistan has been making headlines around the world with its political turmoil and rising humanitarian crisis after the exit of the US troops. Much of what is said and written about Afghanistan is, however, the outsider’s narrative, shaped mostly by the West. In these challenging times, voices and visuals emanating from this land through poetry, fiction, music and art may serve as a window that offers candid glimpses of its people and their turbulent lives over the past few decades.
The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature, LUMS, is pleased to launch a series of online talks focusing on the two major languages of Afghan poetry, fiction and music—Dari and Pashto, in a bid to offer our audience opportunities to admire and appreciate Afghanistan’s rich literary and cultural heritage which is mostly unread, marginalized and known to few. The first session of this Halqa-e Danish series is dedicated to Afghanistan’s contemporary Dari-Pashto short stories (معاصر افغان دری-پشتو افسانہ). Our distinguished speakers are Dr. Akhlaq Ahmad Ahan from New Dehli, and Dr. Abdul Khaliq Rashid from Kabul. Both have been working closely for a long time and one of their collaborations has resulted in a publication featuring Hindi and Urdu translations of Afghan short stories in Dari-Pashto.
Dr. Ahan is a Professor of Persian language & literature at the Centre of Persian & Central Asian Studies, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Dehli, India. Dr. Rashid is a serving Professor at the University of Kabul and is associated with the JNU, New Dehli, as Visiting Faculty.