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Br. Rahman Abbas bags National Award for Urdu Literature

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Br. Rahman Abbas achieved National Award for Literature on 1st Oct 2011 on ‘Ek Mamnua Muhabbat Ki Kahani’ by UCPR (Universal Center for Peace and Research) in a function held in Aurangabad in which well known Urdu critic and professor Ateequllah, Mayor of Aurangabad Anita Godle, Marathi scholar Sundeep Waslekar, and Aurangabad Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar were prominent guests along with major Urdu fiction writers of Aurangabad.

Br. Rahman Abbas receiving national award Array

Br. Rahman Abbas receiving the national award

(Born in Shringar Tali, Ratnagiri, Rahman Abbas (38), is an emerging creative talented author in the world of contemporary Indian Urdu fiction. Rahman has Masters Degrees in Urdu and English literature from Mumbai University. So far he has written two novels and translated a non-fiction book from Marathi into Urdu. His short stories and critical essays have been published in almost all leading Urdu magazines across India. His first novel ‘Nakhlistan Ki Talash’ (Search of an Oasis) was published in 2004 and second ‘EK Mamnua Muhabbat Ki Kahani’ (Story of a Forbidden Love) published in 2009.

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Ek Mamnua Muhabbar Ki Kahani - Coverpage

‘EK Mamnua Muhabbat Ki Kahani’ is based upon story of a young boy and a married woman who accidently fall in a serious and socially forbidden relationship. The novel is written in the backdrop of Kokan region of India… a small village called ‘Sural’ emerges in the novel with its natural beauty, cultural identity, milieu and dialect and trapps the readers in its surrealistic aura. This remote and peaceful Kokani village is experiencing changes, for centuries Hindus and Muslims lived together like brothers and sisters keeping their cultural identities intact ..but now since last three decades an unspoken gulf is distancing them. Novel raises serious questions about influence of spreading sectarian religious organizations in Kokan which were not only affecting unique culture of Kokan but also causing rift and distance between communities and cultures. This novel is a mild protest against threats to Kokani culture, no matter what ideologies are behind this effect but effect has been traced in this book.

This is the first novel written in Urdu language in the history of Urdu literature which depicts Kokan, people of Kokan, their culture and raises questions about the negative influence of Urdu language over the Kokani dialect which unfortunately if not facing extinction but certainly going through a serious existential crisis. When Ek Mamnua Muhabbat Ki Kahani was released it was immediately applauded by Urdu fiction writes like Salam Bin Razzad, Shamoil Ahmed, Sajjid Rashid, Musharraf Ali Zauqui, and Anwar Qamar and since then it has been a topic of discourse in contemporary Urdu fiction.

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Comments (2)
Hats off to Brother Rahman Abbas
2Thursday, 24 November 2011 12:49
Shakur Tisekar
I agree 100% with brother Mohsin that National award is a extra ordinary achievement & we all kokanies are proud of you brother Rahman Abbas.

Shakur Tisekar
Congratulations to Mr. Abbas Rahman
1Sunday, 20 November 2011 18:39
Mohsin Rakhangi
National Award is a big achievement and proud to see a Kokani bagging this award. Many heartiest congratulations to Mr. Abbas Rahman

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