Dubai Shopping Festival: Kavi Sammelan & Mushaira 2011 January 27

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Il Kavi Sammelan e Mushaira è una riunione di poeti rinomati provenienti dal subcontinente indiano e di poeti residenti nei UAE. Divenuto un evento ufficiale del Dubai Shopping Festival negli ultimi sette anni e tenuto per commemorare il giorno della Repubblica (Indian Republic Day), il Kavi Sammelan e il Mushaira è una tradizione letteraria portata avanti da molti secoli. L’evento è un’occasione molto attesa nei circoli letterari Hindi di Dubai e negli UAE e testimonia la partecipazione di personalità sociali e letterarie eminenti.

Non dimentichiamo la passione per la poesia di HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, ruler di Dubai e vice presidente degli UAE.

Una delle passioni dello sceicco è la poesia: fin da bambino, nei momenti di riservatezza, scrive poemi dedicati alla sua patria e alla sua famiglia che sono raccolti nel sito ufficiale: www.sheikhmohammed.ae Non è raro trovare in luoghi pubblici e in hotel a Dubai, iscrizioni con frasi o poemi dello sceicco.

English

The Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira is a gathering of renowned poets from all across the Indian sub-continent and resident poets in the UAE. An official event of Dubai Shopping Festival since the past seven years and held to commemorate the Indian Republic Day, Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira relives a literary tradition spanning many centuries. The event is a much-awaited occasion in the Hindi literary circles in UAE and witnesses the participation of eminent social and literary personalities.

Do not forget that HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai is a poet. Sheikh Mohammed began composing Nabati poetry while he was still at school. He says the greatest influences on his development as a poet have been his father, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and the UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In his youth, when travelling with Sheikh Rashid, Sheikh Mohammed would often take poetry anthologies (he cites Al Mutanabi, Al Buhtori and Abu Tammam as his favourite classical poets) with him to read on the journey, something which has contributed to his extensive poetic vocabulary. Nabati is the name given to a colloquial form of Arabic that emerged with the spread of Islam. As non-Arabic natives accepted Islam into their lives, they began to speak some Arabic, but it was slightly different from classical Arabic and became known as Nabati. It is also known as “Bint al rimal” (lit. Daughter of the sands). Nabati poetry has been a feature of life in the Arabian Peninsula since the 16th century. It is now prevalent in the Gulf and represents a distinct literary voice for the people of that region.

Nabati poetry shows the natural creativity of the Gulf’s inhabitants and represents their roots in this land. Its form and content, literary significance, social function and historical value make it one of the Arabian Peninsula’s great literary treasures.

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