Archive of popular Urdu prints
3-days International Conference:
Exploring the Popular Culture of Urdu Language

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
on 8, 9, 10th September 2017

The Centre for Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Tasveer-e Urdu,
cordially invite you to attend a three-days international conference on Urdu’s popular culture.

Venue: Room 128, First floor, School of International Studies-New Building,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 110067

While Urdu is typically celebrated as a language of romance and classical poetry by Ghalib, Mir, and Faiz etc., its lesser-acknowledged popular culture of movie songs, detective fiction, ghazal gayeki, poetry inscribed behind vehicles, mushairas, and qawwalis, has probably kept the language alive and kicking among the masses even as its more virtuous practitioners lament that Urdu is dying in India. So what are these popular forms that continue to thrive in the underbelly of classical Urdu and how different they are from its elite cultural life? More importantly, where does one draw a line between popular and classical in Urdu? This and other pertinent questions will be explored in a three-day conference featuring many scholars from India and abroad. The conference each day will be held from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, with a cultural evening on 9th September featuring a Dastangoi performance by Ankit Chadha, at 6 pm.

Schedule of the three days

Convener: Prof. Mazhar Hussain, Centre for Indian Languages, JNU
Concept and Coordination: Yousuf Saeed, independent scholar, New Delhi

The conference is supported by the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, under the Arts Research Programme.

Newspaper report about the conference (Indian Express)

Watch video recording of the Keynote panel with Kausar Munir and Mukul Kesavan
What language does the Bombay cinema speak?
Part 1
and Part 2

What is Tasveer-e Urdu


IFA, Bangalore