Islamabad: Report by Adil Shah,
The second ILF successful came to an end, these festival provide a unique space to bring together and celebrate authors writing in diverse language, genres, and traditions. The festivals are driven by a momentum that reflects the depth of our literary and cultural root historical, and the urge and energy in the people of Pakistan.
The ILF was directed by Ameena Saiyid, co-founded by Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi and produced by Oxford University Press. The second ILF feature poets, novelist, artistic, intellectual, and political talents. In addition to speakers from Pakistan there were also speakers from Bangladesh, Britain and India. A session with the tittle “Arz-e-Shumal”, A Poetic Voice from Gilgit-Baltistan was also the part of this event. The profile of these speaker are as:
Nazir Ahmed Bulbul is a prominent poet in the Wakhi language .He belongs to Gulmit, in the upper Hunza Vallely of Gilgit Baltistan .His poetry is admired for its authentic expression and naturalistic theme. He is also well-known in other field including music, fine art ,visual art and theater
Jamshed Dukhi is a renowned poet from Gilgit, who is most admired for
his protest poetry against political authoritarianism and religious conflict in Gilgit Baltistan. Dukhi has played a central role in cultivating literary and political consciousness in the region. His Shina poetry is a progressive and higly acclaimed in the region.
Aslam Hussain Saher is a well-known poet from Skardu ,GB ,Who write in Balti as well as Urdu. He heads the literary organization, Bazm-Ilm-o-Fann.
This session was facilitated by Dr.Nosheen Ali ,a social anthropologist and poetry-curator based in
Karachi.Dr. Nosheen Ali has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Her dissertation research examined the processes of state-making and social struggle in Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan/Kashmir), focusing on the cultural politics of citizenship, faith, and development in the region.