Kolkata: As per reports, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will felicitate Waleed Iqbal, the grandson of famous poet Allama Iqbal, atthe State’s Urdu Academy later this month. It will be a three day affair, according to the programme schedule. Waleed Iqbal will come from Lahore to accept the award at the literacy conference Jashn-e-Iqbal,” Nayeem Anis, the chairman of the publication sub-committee of West Bengal Urdu Akademy, confirmed on Saturday.
Known for his poem Saare Jahan Se Achcha , also referred as Tarana-e-Hind, Muhammad Iqbal, or Allama Iqbal, is considered one of an important poets of the pre-Independent India.Mamata Banerjee, who is also the chairman of the West Bengal Urdu Academy, is very fond of the poem Saare Jahan se Achcha. She will confer Tarana-e-Hind award on the poet’s grandson.
“The West Bengal Urdu Academy is making all efforts to make the event a success. The event will also help in the spread of Urdu language in the State,” Md. Nadimul Haque, Trinamool Congress MP to Rajya Sabha, said. A section of the library of the West Bengal Urdu Academy will be dedicated to literature of Iqbal during the festival starting May 29.