This is a critical edition of the keynote address by Abdul Halim Sharar (1860 - 1926) at the inaugural session of All India Music Conference at Baroda in 1916, along with explanatory notes.
As 2016 marks the hundredth year of the foundation of the All India Music Conference, publication of this book containing the keynote address by a famous literary personality of those times is a unique document indeed. event. This book also contains explanatory notes by Dr Muhammad Athar Masood, based on authentic sources on music and history.
Abdul Halim Sharar, born at Lucknow in 1869, Abdul Halim Sharar was a novelist and essayist. He is most famous for his historical novels, such as Firdaus-e-Bareen, Anarkali, and Hassan Angelina. His essays on different aspects of the culture of Lucknow, titled Guzashta-e-Lucknow, are still considered as the best and most authentic writings on the subject. He died in 1926.
Editor: Dr. Muhammad Athar Masood holds a doctorate in Persian Language and Literature from Punjab University. While studying for his Master’s at the famous Government College, Lahore, he was the Editor of the prestigious literary magazine, the Ravi, for the year 1992. Himself a classical singer, Dr Masood studied with the famous duo Ustad Badar-uz-Zaman & Ustad Qamar-uz-Zaman and performs from the Lahore station of Radio Pakistan. His published works include Parbat ke Uss Par (Urdu translations of modern Persian short stories), Naqsh-e-Masood (compilation of the calligraphic works of his late father Amjad Masood), Doyens of Sub continental Music (compilation of articles by Rashid Malik on sub continental music), Deewar & Jamal Kahanian (bothcomprising Urdu translation of the short stories by renowned Iranian fiction writer Jamal Mirsadeqi), and Maqalat-e-Masood (research articles based on Persian sources on sub continental music). He teaches Persian language and literature at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).