Mazahiya Mushaira May 14, 2011


Dear PAA Members & Friends:

We are proud to announce the first PAA Mazahiya Mushaera, probably the largest ever in Tampa Bay, held on Saturday, May 14 was a gleaming success. The modest venue was filled to capacity  with people from all over Central Florida, and most of them stayed till the very end to enjoy every bit of fun, sarcasm, and laughter woven into the poetry of the following local and out-of-town Urdu poets:

1. Syed Khalid Irfan, New York

2. Noor Amrohvi, Dallas
3. Zulfiqar Agha, Orlando

4. Dr. Arif Zaheer, Orlando

5. Ahmed Tanha, Orlando

6. Sarfaraz Habibi, Orlando

7. Eijaz Shaikh, Melbourne

8. Khurram Zai, Tampa/Virginia

9. Akhtar Qadir, Tampa

10. Dr   Husain Zia , Tampa

11. Shahid Khan, Tampa

12. Fazal Siddiqui, Tampa

People started gathering at Taj Mahal Banquet Hall around 7:00 pm. After ample networking, a generous buffet dinner, supplied by Syed Iqbal with more dishes than we had ordered, was started around 7:45 pm, and continued after a break for Maghrib Prayer. Attendees complimented on the quantity, taste and quality of food.

Mushaera, chaired by our Chief Guest Dr. Naseer Shaikh, started just past 9:00 pm, and continued non-stop until almost midnight. Dr Farrukh Zaidi emceed the mushaera and created the true ambience and elegance of Bazm-e-Adab with his Urdu vocabulary and articulation. There were numerous requests to organize such programs more than once a year. All in all, we had another great event, thanks to the support and participation of PAA members.