List of Mauritian Plays presented at the Urdu Drama Festival

List of Mauritian Plays presented at the Urdu Drama Festival,

organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture

from 1974 to 2009

YEAR AUTHOR TITLE OF PLAY
1974 Cassam Allymamod Insaaf Aur Adaalat
1975 Enayet.Hossen. Edun Qurbani
Cassam. Allymamod Hakim Aur Khadim
Gul .Hamid. Beegun Ittefaaq
1976 Azaad Jhoomka Ittefaaq
Hossenbaccus Raffick.B Sacchi Mohabut
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Zinda Gazette
Mahmood. Goonoo Inteqaqam
1977 Azaad Jhoomka Police Daftar
Mahmood. Goonoo Mazaaq
1978 Azaad Jhoomka Imman
K.N. Maherally Fareb Aur Faryad
K.N. Maherally Kadir Miyan Ki Biwi
1979 P. Baulah Budnaseeb Baap
K.K. Rajputh Fazila Ka farz
1980 Enayet.Hossen. Edun Zameer
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Shaadi Ka jora
P. Baulah Budnaseeb Baap
1981 M. Aniff Caunhye Mumta
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Zafar Bimaar Hai
P. Baulah Sazaa
Swabir Goodur Inqelaab
Adapted R. Neerooa Haaye Waqt
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Zinda Gazette
P. Baulah Badnaseeb Baap
1983 Enayet.Hossen. Edun Zameer
P. Baulah Intaqaam
M. Aniff Caunhye Mumtaz
1984 M.T. Dhoomoon Ab Dilli Door Nahin
Farook. Jafoo Qaidi
Rashid. Neerooa Sacchai Ki talaash Mein
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Ram Bharosa Chacha
1985 Enayet.Hossen. Edun Mithai Bechne wali
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Ashk e –e Nidaamat
Adapt R. Neerooa Razdan Paagal
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Sharabi
Adapted R. Neerooa  Razdan Haaye Waqt
1986 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Ankhein Kholo
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Sariyan Khubsurat Hai
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Ehsaas
Farouq Rujul Mujrim Kaun
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Chaprasi
1987 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Haaye Waqt
Farouq. Rujul Khush Amdeed
Cassam Teemul Neem Hakim
1988 Swalae.Sheik Joomally Mohabut Kya hai
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Chaprasi
Farouq. Rujul Nazuk Lamha
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Unn Ke Anay Se
Ramesh. Purang Ek Haadsa
Mahboob. Unjurachata Insaf Kahan
Lubna Bhayat Araam –o – Sukoom
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Mandee
B.R. Hossenbaccus Anokha Sawaal
1989 Farouq. Rujul Mujrim kaun
Morad Bolah Tu Nahin Aur Sahi
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Sarasimgee
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Raflat Ki laash
Sheik Joomally Ittehaad
Rashid Neerooa. Razdan Naayi Abdool
Mahboob. Unjurachata Doctor Jameel
Farouq. Rujul Dhanak
B.Raffick. Hossenbaccus Sethji Aur Nawkar
Cassam. Allymamod Ye Bhi Insaan Hai
1990 P. Baulah Sazaa
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Sarasimgee
Swaley .Sheik. Joomally Hamari  Zubaan
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Darya Dil Saas
Cassam. Allymamod Aaj ke  bacchay
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Shabnum
1991 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Shabum
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Sarasimgee
Farouq. Rujul Jhooti
Cassam. Allymamod Lifafa
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Ashk –e  Nidamat
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Sariyan khubsurat hai
Farouq.Rujul Jhooti
Farouq. Rujul Dhanak
1992 B.Raffick. Hossenbaccus SethJi Aur Naukar
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Mithai Bechnay Wali
Farouq. Rujul Zimmedari
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Mandi
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Shaadi Ka Jora
Farouq. Rujul Khush Amdeed
Raffick. B.Hossenbaccus Sethji Aur Naukar
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Sarasimgee
1993 B.Raffick. Hossenbaccus Anokha Sawaal
A. M. Haniff Caunhye Mumta
Farouq. Rujul Itni Si Baat
Farouq. Rujul Jhooti
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Khuda Kheir Karay
Cassam. Allymamod Dadi Maa
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Darya Dil Saas
1994 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khamosh Chhekhein
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Pareshani
Farouq. Rujul Zimmedari
Zia Carrim Chalaki
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Shabash Nawjawan
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Old Please Home
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Pareshani
1995 Farouq. Rujul Jhooti
Cassam. Allymamod Dadi Maa
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Darya dil Saas
Raffick.B. Hoossenbacuss Sadma
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Chaprasi
Farouk. Rujul Itni Si Baat
Enayet.Hossen. Edun Shaadi Ka Jora
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Old Please Home
Farouq. Rujul Waham
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Dast -e-Mobarak
1996 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
M.Ashrafi Madani Ustadon Ke Ustaad
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khamosh Cheekhein
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Khuda Kheir Karay
Farouq. Rujul Itni Si Baat
1997 Farouq. Rujul Ek Tukra Kambal
M.Ashrafi Madani Raksh e –Sharar
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khudgarzi
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
Farouq. Rujul Jhooti
Swabir Goodur Naya ZamanaNae Khayal
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
Cassam. Allymamod GhalaAT Fehmi
Samir Caunhye Imtehan
Farouq. Rujul Chingari
Cassam. Allymamod Aisa Bhi Hota Hai
1998 Cassam. Allymamod Moamma
Farouq. Rujul Ehsaas
Cassam.Allymamod Saheba
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat hai
Farouq  Rujul EkTukra Kambal
Farouq  Rujul Jhooti
Cassam  Allymamod Tohfa
B.Raffick  Hossenbaccus Kusoor Kiss ka
Enayet.Hossen\  Edun Zinda Gazette
1999 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Ruka Lamha
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Andha Kuwan
Yousuf Soobraty Juru Ka Ghulam
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Raflat Ki Laash
Farouq  Rujul Waham
Farouq  Rujul Ehsaas
M.Twaher  Dhoomoon Apni Ghalati Ka Azaala
M.Ashrafi Madani Nizam e Qismat
Allarakha Attiya Masti Masala
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Dast e Mobarak
2000 Casaam Allymamod Hasseena
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Sarasimgee
Farouq. Rujul Mehmaan
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khudgharzi
Ashrafi. Madani Tabassum Ya Ashk
Pakeeza Dahoo Tabdily
Cassam. Allymamod Dadi Maa
Farouq Rujul Jhooti
2001 Farouq Rujul Itni Si Baat
Sameer Caunhye Paglah Kahin Ka
Djazim.Akeejamah Nadan Mohabut
Samir Jhungeer Mujhe Samjhnay Ki Koshish Karo
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Zero depot
Farouq Rujul Ehsaas
Cassam  Allymamod Dadi Maa
M.Twaher  Dhooomoon Khuda Kheir Karay
Farouq. Rujul Waham
2002 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Raflat Ki Laash
Cassam  Allymamod Moamma
Shahjahan Ahsrafi Mehendi Ya Daa
Farouq Rujul Ek Tukra kambel
Cassam Allymamod Tohfa
Farouq Rujul Ehsaas
M.Twaher Dhoomoon Darya Dil saas
Farouq. Rujul Waham
Farouq.Rujul Khush Amdeed
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
2003 Farouq  Rujul Dhanak
Mahboob Unjurachata Naya Daur
Yousuf Soobraty Aazmaaish
Farouq  Rujul Waham
M.Twaher  Dhoomoon Kuda Kheir Karay
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Dast e Mobarak
F. Rujul Ek Tukra kambal
Nazia Khodabaccus Daton Tale oongli
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khudgarzi
Farouq  Rujul Ehsaas
2004 Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mrs Gud Gud -
Nazia Khodabaccus Danton Talay Oongly
Sameer Abdool Hum Paagal Nahin
Yousouf Soobraty Patchtawa
Shah Jajan Ashrafi Mehjabeen
Madani Ashrafi Hidaayat
Sameer Abdool Shikasta Dil
Madani Ashrafi Zakm – e- Amaal
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Old Please Home
Farouk Rujul Dhanak
Farouq Rujul Itni Si baat
Shah Jahan Ashrafi Justajoo
Jdazim. Akeejamah Anmol Heera
2005 Twaher Dhoomoon Khuda Kheir Karay
Rashid Neerooa –Ar- Raqueeb Hamari Pehchaan
Yousouf Soobraty Warzish ke Kamaal
Sameer Abdool Shahed Shaadi ? Na BaBa
Yousouf Soobraty Kaun Banega Mera Daamaad
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adaalat Hai
Sameer Abdool Shahed Modern Girls
Farouq Rujul Ehsaas
Farouq Rujul Ek Tukra Kambal
E.H. Edun Shaadi ka Jora
B.R. Hossenbaccus Anokha Sawaal
M. Raffick Panchoo Chorni Number One-
Cassam Allymamod Tohfa
E.H. Edun Mithai Bechne Wali
Rashid Neerooa Ar- Raqueeb Hamari Pehchaan -
M.Twaher Dhoomoon Darya Dil Saas
Sameer Abdool Shahed Tandurusti Hazaar Niamat Hai
Rashid Neerooa Ar- Raqeeb Fazul Ka Drama
Sameer Abdool Shahed Berozgaar Nawjawaan
2006 Soobraty .M. Yousouf Mahol Nahin To Kuch Bhi Nahin
Soobraty .M. Yousouf Jaisa Karoge Waisa Bharo Ge
Soobraty .M. Yousouf Ye Hai Meri Qismat
Soobraty .M. Yousouf Uljhan
Farouq. Rujul Ek Tukra Kambal
Djazim Akeejama Ham Tum
Murad Bolah Tum Nahin Aur Sahi
Sameer Abdool Shahed Ham Paagal Nahin Hain
Farouq .Rujul Ek tukra kambal
Farouq Rujul Waham
Ashrafi Madani Haqueeqat
Sameer Abdool Shahad Shiddat –e- Ehsaas
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Zero Depot -
M.Twaher. Dhoomoon Ahmaq Kaun -
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adaalat
Sameer Abdool Shahed Modern Girls
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khamosh Cheekhein
Soobraty .M. Yousouf Dadi ki Shaadi
2007 Ms Pokeerbux Haliimah Kuwari Larki
Rashid Neerooa Ar-Raqeeb Hum Baron se kam Nahin  -
M. Yusuf Soobratty Dadi Ki Shaadi
Farouq Rujul Jhooti
Rafick Panchoo Chorni No 1
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Ruka Huwa lamha
Raffiq Punchoo Chorni Number 1
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Dastake-Mubarak
Sameer Abdool Modern Girls
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Anokhi Tarkeeb
Rashid Neerooa Ar- Raqueeb Amal Aur  Radde Amal
Sameer Jhungeer Utho Nawjawaan
Rashid Neerooa Adapted Ar-Raqueeb Gumshuda t
Farouq  Rujul Dhanak
Farouq  Rujul Dhanak
Farouq  Rujul Waham
Farouq  Rujul Be Cool
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Khudgarzi
Yousouf Soobraty Tabahi
2008 Madani  Ashrafi Buri Sohbut
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Ashufta Haal
Shirin Hemmuth Amal se Zindagi Banti Hai
Sameer Abdool Milkiyat
M.T. Dhooomoon Darya Dil Saas
Yousouf  Soobraty Shak Ka Anjaam
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Kashmakash
Farouq Rujul Itni Si Baat
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Tehra Huwa Lamha
Yousouf  Soobraty Mahol Nahin To Kuch Bhi Nahin
Madani  Ashrafi Tashikil –e- Watan
Sameer Abdool Modern Girls
Sameer Abdool Tandurusti Hazaa Nieamuth Hai
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Aah Ki Goonj
Yousouf  Soobraty Qismat – e – Mardan
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Hamari Pehchaan
Farouq Rujul Ehsaas
Madani  Ashrafi Ehsaas –e –Dard
2009 Farouq Rujul Khush Amdeed
Madani  Ashrafi Hidayat
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Mera Zameer Meri Adalat Hai
Rafick Panchoo Sheeftagee
Hafiza Badur Jadeed Daur
Sameer Abdool Modern Girls
Yousouf  Soobraty Jaisa Karoge Waisa Bharoge
Yousouf  Soobraty Nadani
Yousouf  Soobraty Akhri Mauka
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Old Please Home
Rashid Neerooa Razdan Nayi Nasl
Yousouf  Soobraty Tu Tu Mein Mein
Farouq Rujul Ehsaas
Farouq Rujul Dhanak
Farouq Rujul Ek Tukra Kambal
M. T. Dhoomoon Darya Dil Saas

Urdu Drama Festival 2009 Results

Result Urdu Drama Festival 2009

2010
02.06
S.N PRIZES WINNERS PLAY ORGANISATION
1 Special Jury Awards 1.Goonajee Nushrat Akhri  Mauqa-Y. Soobraty R.Seeneevassen SSS   ( Group A)
2.Moolkeea Shariya Hidayat -A.M. Madani Le Lycée Mauricien
3.Bholah Zainab Afsaana-S.M. Ali Universal College Bazm-é-Anjum
4.Unjureehata B. Nawsheen Naukar aur Aqa-S/M. Ali Mahatma Gandhi SSS, Moka.
2 Special Prize for the Best Play staged on the theme “Youth and Social Development” Hafiza Badhur Jadeed Daur-Hafiza Badhur Riv Du Rempart SSS
3 Special Prize for Best Beginner Group Renganaden Seenevassen SSS Group B Jaissa Karoge WaissaBharoge-

Y. Soobraty

Renganaden Seenevassen SSS (Group B)
4. Special Prize for Actress under 15 yrs Chitbauhaul B. Farheen Nadaani -Y. Soobraty Eben SSS Girls
5 Special Prize for Actor under 15 yrs Badoorally M.H. Zuhayr Tu Tu Mein -Y. Soobraty Deewana  Group
6. Special Prize for the mostPromising Young Actor Abdoolah Moontazeer Khush Amdeed-F. Rujul Triolet SSS
7 Special Prize for the mostPromising Young Actress Fokeerbux Rooksar Bibi Ehsaas -F. Rujul Droopnath Ramphul State College
8. Second Best Actress Azam Sumeira Fatma Kiss Ke Liye -ADated S. Azam Lady Sushil Ramgoolam SSS
9. Second Best Actor Yousuof Soobraty Tu Tu MeinMein-

Y. Soobraty

Deewana Group
10 Best Set Designer Mungleea Zara Sheeftagi-Raffick Panchoo Manilall Doktor SSS
11 Best Local Writer Raffick  M. Panchoo &Bhugaloo Ahmad Mustakeem Sheeftagi Manilall Doktor SSS
12 Best Actress Hossenbuccus Nashira Kiss Ke Liye Lady Sushil Ramgoolam SSS
13. Best Actor Dhoomoon Iqbal Ayoob Nayi Nasl-Razdan Aleemia College (Boys Dept )
14 Third Best Play Sheeftagi Manilall Doktor SSS
15 Second Best Play Nayi Nasl Aleemia College (Boys Dept
16 Best Play Kiss Ke Liye Lady Sushil Ramgoolam SSS
17 Second Best Director Mrs Soormah Emamally Nayi Nasl Aleemia College (Boys Dept )
18 Best Director Azam Sumeira Fatma Kiss Ke Liye Lady Sushil Ramgoolam SSS

Statistics of Plays performed at the Urdu Drama Festival,

organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture

from 1974 to 2009

S.N YEAR ORGANISATION NGOs COLLEGE MAURITIANAUTHOR FOREIGNAUTHOR
1 1974 7 5 1 1 5
2 1975 9 8 1 2 6
3 1976 9 8 1 4 5
4 1977 9 8 1 2 7
5 1978 9 8 1 2 7
6 1979 8 7 1 2 6
7 1980 9 7 1 5 4
8 1981 11 11 0 6 5
1982 No Festival
9 1983 9 8 1 4 5
10 1986 5 5 0 5 -
11 1985 9 8 1 8 1
12 1986 7 6 1 6 1
13 1987 8 6 2 3 5
14 1988 14 10 4 8 4
15 1989 17 12 5 10 7
16 1990 11 9 2 6 5
17 1991 15 10 5 9 6
18 1992 16 4 12 10 6
19 1993 15 0 15 7 8
20 1994 9 0 9 6 3
21 1995 14 0 14 10 4
22 1996 14 0 14 3 11
23 1997 15 3 12 11 4
24 1998 13 0 13 9 4
25 1999 13 5 8 9 4
26 2000 10 2 8 8 2
27 2001 14 3 11 9 4
28 2002 16 6 10 10 15
29 2003 14 5 9 9 5
30 2004 14 7 7 13 1
31 2005 24 10 14 20 4
32 2006 18 8 9 16 2
33 2007 28 9 19 24 4
34 2008 23 4 21 20 1
35 2009 16 1 15 12 3

Book Review - Kashmakash

Kashmakash was launched on the 26th Nov. 2005, by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Rashid Beebeejaun, in the presence of various dignitaries during the Eid Celebration festival held at the Droopnath Ramphul S.S.S. Souvenir and organised by Pamplemousses Triolet Muslim Association.

With the publication of his second book, Kashmakash (The Struggle), Farouq Rujul has put his name high in the history of Urdu Literature in Mauritius, cause that he has become the first Mauritian writer to have published two books in Urdu language. Besides, he has been the first to have written and produced a full length play, “Rishta”, in Urdu language

His first book ‘Aaina’ a satire was written with a touch of humour and sarcasm, in a successfully amusing way on some foolish established customs and mores of our society. Tragically, the book, Aaina, this piece of remarkable and outstanding creative writing, which has received its credence among many foreign Urdu Scholars, viz. Joginder Paul, Mirza Khonch, Shameem Hanafi, Shahid Mahuli, Dr. Zille Huma, to name but a few,  has been regarded with disdain by some local pseudo Urdu Scholars, who have themselves never produced anything worthy of note.

Kashmakash with an ‘Introduction’ by Mr. Aniff Caunhye. The author has come to present the texture and flavour of the modern Urdu short story, both as a daring experiment and as a more refined heir to the traditional form.

Kashmakash, with its 170 pages, succeeds remarkably in acquainting the uninformed outsider with a substantial amount of brilliant Urdu short fiction produced for the time in the history of Urdu in Mauritius. As a matter of fact, this collection goes much further in its highly informative and persuasively argued historical and critical introduction. Clearly, the book makes the recent Urdu short story eminently accessible to Urdu Lovers worldwide.

At the same time, and equally significantly, this anthology holds Urdu short fiction up to the scrutiny of Urdu readers and writers themselves, who can now see it in its surprisingly revealing and attractive form, much as “outsiders” and “foreigners” tend to see it.

To look at a familiar Urdu short story is to see it – at least momentarily – in all its freshness, to perceive its distinctiveness and achievement with greater clarity, and to experience its memorable effects again from unexpected angles.

This book has ten short stories, which are rated high among the short story writers of Urdu locally. The stories are based on his experiences and keen observation of life around him. They depict the life of Mauritian daily lives. Few are humorous and others satirical tale of true picture of rural life.

All the stories portray small and big problems of our lives, social and political phenomena with deep insight. This anthology will be appreciated by both critics and readers.


Book Review - Aaina

Aaina

‘Aaina’ (The Mirror), the very title of the book clearly indicates what exactly the author, Mr. Farouq Rujul tries to impress upon the readers with sound observations based on his experiences and knowledge.
The book starts with:

Those who were boasting on their faith and duty
When shown to them the mirror, they got angry

and it has to be read honouring this plea.

At a time when everyone is faced with the most ever personal crisis of this centuries i.e. STRESS. ‘Aaina’ should make useful and relevant reading for Urdu Lovers. There may be lessons to draw from the author’s memories and reflections, which are replete with information and anecdotes of his experiences acquired over the years, conveying a scene of “déjà vu” or “déjà lu.” The memoirs are based on personal knowledge and observations of one who joined the realm of Urdu with an article written in the launching magazine of The National Urdu Institute in 1971. Having joined the educational sector as Primary Urdu Teacher to reach the level of Assistant Supervisor, he had that unique opportunity to be a player / witness to the events in the education sector from the inside, like looking to the storm through the eye of the storm itself. This explains the so many chapters related to education and learning / teaching process.

It seems to be authentic memoirs packed with information-factual-with a tinge of mysterious happenings here and there that sustains the interest of the reader. The most brilliant aspect of the memoirs is the wide spectrum covering the various topics starting from the National Flag, passing on the Speed Breaker, near the Zebra Crossing, directly to the Classroom situation, through the Studio of our National Radio and to land finally in Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. However the description reveals the various aspects of the human nature also. This makes the narration appealing and instructive as well ‘Aaina’ according to Haniff Canhye, who wrote the introduction of the book, “ is full of information about the trivial and petty things of daily life.”

‘Aaina’ had been written with a touch of humour and at times with a degree of sarcasm, in a successfully amusing way just to show the foolishness of some established customs and mores, of our society.

The two characters viz. Altaf Nadeen Qaisar and Abdul Rahman Raheemi present throughout the whole book, sometimes pessimist and at times optimist depending on their mood, remind us strangely of the famous Birbal in the court of the Moghul Emperor and of Mulla Nashruddeen

From “Muft Khowr” (The Inconsiderate), the first one act play produced by him, at the Preliminaries in the first Urdu Drama Festival held in the year 1974, to ‘Rishta” the first ever Urdu full length play staged in Mauritius on the occasion of the 2dn Word Urdu conference, last year, Farouq Rujul has had no spare time in the propagation of Urdu language and Urdu culture, in the capacity of freelance at the Mauritius College of the Air, as Member of the Urdu Panel at the NCCRD and now as the President of the Urdu Drama Committee. He has proved himself to be a good short story writer and has written abundant one act plays and has won numerous prizes in this regard.

This book is apt to all level of readers, starting from the lower secondary students to the much more diehard readers. Scattered with verses of poetry makes perusal more interesting and the circumstances are related such that one can hardly avoid laughter.
In conclusion, I compliment the author for his noble and laudable efforts. A must-read for any Urdu Lover who wants to read for pleasure and for fun.

A Reader


Speech on launching of SPU Website

The Speech made by the Secretary, Bashir Nuckchady, on the occasion of the official launching of our website, at the Islamic Cultural Centre, on Saturday the 27th February 2010

The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport and Shipping, the Honorable Dr. R. Beebeejaun, The Lord mayor Mr. Sheik Mukhtar Hossenbocus, The Chairman of the ICC, Dr. Farad Aumeer, the Chairman of the SPU, Mr. Farouq Rujul, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Assalamo alai kum

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,

or we know where we can find information about it.”

This is a quotation from Samual Johnson, who is the most quoted English writers. Of course, when he wrote these words, he wasn’t making a reference to the Internet as a source of information. In those days, when people were travelling long distances in quest for knowledge or for information,  Imagine what they would have thought  if they could see us searching data throughout the world for research on a particular subject at the touch of a computer key.

But I find Samuel Johnson’s words very relevant to what we are talking about here today.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am pleased to be here today to announce the launching of the new website of the SPU, www.anjumanurdu.org, which has been developed to enable information to be accessed easily by all.

The Internet is a great source of information. Locally, more than two hundred thousand of all ages regularly log on to the Internet from either their office, Cyber Café or from home. The Internet has already made a big difference for many of these people.

The launch of the website today is more than a mere embracement of ICT.  To us, who understand that information equals to knowledge and that knowledge equals to power, the realisation and the launch of this new website embody the SPU’s resolute quest to ensuring that multi-facet range of Urdu Lovers has easy access to quality information about Urdu, thus, empowering them to exercise their rights to acquire knowledge.

I am therefore indeed filled with joy this afternoon because of the potential this achievement has in assisting the SPU to communicate better, and to serve Urdu Readers more effectively.

It has become fashionable in our day, to be able to refer people to one’s website and thus indicate that our organisation is part of the technologically advanced.  But an ICT product, such as a website, is not an end in itself but a means to an end.  The crucial question then becomes whether one’s website really serves its purpose?

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This new web site we are launching today provides another option for accessing information pertaining to the development and progress made in Mauritius in the field of Urdu Language, i.e. Urdu Literature, Urdu Poetry, Urdu Short Stories, Urdu Drama etc., More importantly, the Mauritian Urdu Literature. It will sound like unbelievable, but there are many Urdu Lovers, who have in store several creative writings, which have never been published and most tragically, many have been lost into oblivion. This website is a golden opportunity offered to them to make known their realization. I seize this opportunity to make an appeal to them to contact us for the publication of their works. I’m pleased to inform you all here present that their valuable publications can be made available to all surfers over the world – not only to a particular subscriber.

Finally, a few word on the Web Designer. A dynamic youth full of vigour, young student from the University of Mauritius and bestowed with great deal of talent, Mr. Ashesh, Ramjeeawon. He has proved to be gifted with great amount of endurance. I seize this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks for the great job done and more so for the patience, he has shown all the way through.

Thank you.


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