Prof. K. P. Singh Memorial Lecture Highlights
ALIGARH: Noted film director, Muzaffar Ali lamented that hardly any effort had been made by film makers for unraveling the saga of Indiaâ€™s first war of independence in 1857. He was delivering the 5th K.P. Singh Memorial Lecture on the â€œLanguage of Moving Images in the 21st centuryâ€ at Kennedy Auditorium, Aligarh Muslim university.
Ali said that the colonial powers have in a very subtle manner used the film medium for promoting their â€œdivide and ruleâ€ policy for polarizing different sections of society in the East and â€œprotecting their own interestsâ€.
An alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University, Muzaffar Ali said that this institution was uniquely placed for promoting and spreading Indiaâ€™s unique composite culture through arts, mass communication and culture. He called upon AMU students to create â€œbridges of understandingâ€™ between different groups of people of India.
Paying rich tributes to Prof. K. P. Singh, Muzaffar Ali said that he was closely associated with him in Aligarh in the early 1960s. He said that the culture seen in Aligarh in those days was marked by the presence of literary figures and writers like Rahi Masoom Raza, Asghar Wajahat, Shahryar and K. P. Singh, who was always at the centre of such literary and cultural activities.
In his presidential remarks, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) said that Prof. K. P. Singh was one of the stalwarts of AMU. He said that the demonization of Indian Muslims in the film industry has to be stopped. He said that we are law abiding citizens of this great nation.
Gen. Shah said that AMU is a secular modern University and Prof. Singh was an icon of this institution.
On this occasion, Prof. Ramveer Singh, former Director, Central Hindi Institute highlighted the role and contribution of Prof. K. P. Singh in Hindi literature. He said that Prof. Singh was a progressive writer and alumnus of this University.
Dr. Tariq Islam, Coordinator of the Prof. K. P. Singh Memorial Lecture proposed a vote of thanks.