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Remembering the people's poet



Pradeep Sharma Khusro's book being released at Amir Khusro's dargah in New Delhi.

AMIR KHUSRO, the name synonymous with quawalis and riddles interspersed with the message of peace and brotherhood is as popular and relevant today as he was during his lifetime.

Spreading the message of the legend, a musical programme was organised by Hazrat Amir Khusro Academy at his dargah on the occasion of his 750th birth anniversary.

A book written on the philosophy of Amir Khusro by Pradeep Sharma Khusro, General Secretary of the Academy was also released on the occasion. Explaining the basic idea behind the book, the author said, "The book presents the Indian identity of this sufi and common man's poet. The book talks about Khusro's love for India, its people, cities, flora and fauna, rituals and festivals."

Reflecting on the contribution of Khusro, Mohammed Shahid Khan, President of the Academy said, "Amir Khusro was the first Muslim who talked about son of the soil, national integration, Hindu-Muslim communal and cultural unity, and that too at a time when religious schism was prevalent in the society."

Meanwhile, R.K. Sharma, advisor to the Academy assured that the Academy will preserve and translate all the Persian works of Amir Khusro in Hindi, English and Urdu.

Adding colour to the Khusro evening, the Nizami brothers - Ghulam Sabri, Ghulam Waris and Yusuf Khan rendered quawalis of the master.

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