ISLAMABAD – A two-day training workshop on Haiku poetry for the students and faculty members of Japanese, Urdu and English departments, in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy and Pakistan Haiku Society, was held at National University of Modern Languages, today.
The workshop was formally opened by the chief guest Toshikazu Isamura Counselor Japanese Embassy, and the ceremony was also attended by Ms Tomoko Koide, third Secretary Japanese Embassy, Director General (DG) NUML Brig Azam Jamal, Naseem-e-Sehr, President Pakistan Haiku Society, Dr Rafique Sindehlvi, Resource Person for Workshop, Dr Anwar Mehmood, Head of Japanese Department and others heads and faculty members of different department of the university.
Speaking at the occasion Counselor Japanese Embassy, Toshikazu Isamura, said that Japanese soil was a hub of decades old heritage and this was the same secured heritage that had guaranteed our cultural survival and progress. Japanese Haiku was not simple a verse rather it contained a deep message in it. Words in a Haiku speaks to you and takes the listeners to the world where each thing whispers an idea, a colour, an image and a scene, he added.
Japanese Counselor said that he hoped that this joint endevour by NUML, Japanese Embassy and Pakistan Haiko Society would be fruitful and as a result the participants would be able to present their Haiku poetry in a Haiku event scheduled to be held on 19th March.
DG Brig Azam Jamal said that this genre of poetry which was known as Haiku was not only a part of Urdu literature but also taught and learned at syllabus of MA Urdu at our University. The learning and knowledge of such cross-cultural literary genre not only bring different nations and countries closer but also promote fraternity and unity among the peoples, he added.
Moreover, Naseem-e-Sehr, President Pakistan Haiku Society, and others also addressed the event and eulogized the interest and efforts of Japanese Embassy and NUML towards promotion of Haiku poetry in medium of Japanese and Urdu Languages. The workshop will continue for two days in which detailed lectures regarding the historical aspects, evolution, development and adaptation, structure and classical poetry of Haiku will be delivered and workshop will conclude on 11th March 2014.