New Delhi : Today, 53rd edition of Shankar-Shad Mushaira was announced which is a poetic evening in the presence of famous Urdu Poets. Late Shri Ram, founder of DCM Conglomerate, added immensely to the social, educational and cultural life of Delhi. Among his many contributions is the Annual SHANKAR-SHAD MUSHAIRA.
When the idea of instituting a periodic symposium to mark the changing face of Urdu Poetry through the years engaged his attention, Shri Ram consulted the leading literary figures of the time namely Josh Malihabadi (Famous Urdu Poet) Shankar Prasad, I.C.S. ( the then Chief Commissioner of Delhi), Prof. Mujeeb (Vice Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia), Ram Dhari Singh Dinkar (Poet Laureate), V. Shankar and KG. Syed (notable Civil servants and Educationists).
They enthusiastically endorsed his idea of floating a Trust in the memory of Late Shankar Lall ‘Shankar’ (brother of Sir Shri Ram) and Late Lala Murli Dhar ‘Shad’ (son of Shri Ram) who were well known poets of the Delhi school, and advised him to hold Mushaira annually under the aegis of the Trust. Thus was born the Shankar Lall Murli Dhar Memorial Society.
The Society initiated the Annual Mushaira way back in the 1954 in which eminent poets of the subcontinent participated regularly till 1965. Till then, poets from Pakistan were unable to participate for a few years, but the next decade saw the beginning of a change for the better; and prominent Urdu Poets from Pakistan and other Countries participated in the Mushaira regularly.