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Persian poet commemorated at Indian university ceremony

Katie Morhen, 29 Feb 2012 15:31

One of Iran's most famous poets has been commemorated by a gathering of literature academics at the Jamia Millia Islamia national Islamic university in New Delhi, India.

A special celebration was held in honour of 17th century poet Hossein Naziri Neyshaburi.

Speaking at the event, Mehdi Nabizadeh, Iran's ambassador to India, said that Iranian poets, writers, Sufis and merchants had been instrumental in introducing the country's Persian heritage and culture to India over a long time frame.

"Contacts between these two countries started even before the advent of Islam and continue till today. The signs of such interaction can be witnessed in the historical buildings and the literary and cultural heritage," IRNA quoted him as saying.

The impact that Naziri has had on contemporary Persian poetry was also discussed.

Following the ceremony, a three-day seminar was kicked off in which scholars from Iran, India, Afghanistan and Tajikistan presented their research papers on different aspects of Naziri's poetry.

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