Update/Addendum [10 November 2009]: This thing no more works and the post has been suitably edited. I have been informed by the Office of the concerned OSD, MEA that it is for the circulation in embassies and missions abroad among other things including the promotion of our secular credentials. The news had spread by word of mouth and many applicants, including me, actually got the DVDs [while many requests are pending]. Col. Mohla informed that he will give some DVDs to the JNU library so that scholars/students benefit from it. If you live in Delhi/JNU, you can also get a copy of the DVD from me.
‘Urdu Hai Jiska Naam [The Story of Urdu]’ is a beautiful documentary DVD [both in Urdu and English] on the story and evolution of the Urdu language. The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. Of India [the producer] is distributing it free of cost. All you have to do is submit an email to the Officer on Special Duty Lt. Col. A.K. Mohla. Read on to know more.
The following is a description of the documentary on the Urdu Literature forum on Ning which anybody can join. Sohail Hashmi, who has conceived and written it, is also a member of this forum.
Urdu Hai Jiska Naam is a beautiful documentary which uncovers the history of Urdu language and literature. The film is the brainchild of Sohail Hashmi and it took intense research to transform this idea into a script. Sohail Hasmi himself is a great lover of Urdu as also the composite culture of India.
The documentary is anchored by Tom Alter and is divided in four parts according to different segments of the film. The film is directed by a young and emerging director Subhash Kapoor and presented by Kamna Prasad and Meka Films. The documentary is produced by Publicity Division of Ministry of External Affairs.
Shubha Mudgal and Dr. Aneesh Pradhan are behind the musical composition of all Nazms and Ghazals. The documentary provides the viewer an outline of the history of the Urdu language. It explains and highlights the key role played by Urdu language in the Indian freedom struggle and how it became a medium of modern education in India. This documentary clearly expresses that Urdu is not merely a language; it is a complete ideology in itself. The film also expresses that the story of Urdu is the story of plurality. It is a technically sound documentary film with an aesthetic presentation. This film is the first noticeable endeavour to popularize and uncover the real historical story of Urdu language in an effective manner.
This is from the blurb:
Detailed and chronological the four-part film starts with the evolution of language in the subcontinent since ancient times and traces the historical movement of people and circumstances that led to the genesis of Urdu. Dwelling lovingly on the journey of the language during the medieval times, the film showcases Urdu becoming a potent language of protest during colonial times and its role in the journey of a newly independent India.
Thanks to Raghib Akhtar of the Urdu Literature community on Ning for the hat tip. I got my beautiful DVD set within 5 days of sending my mail to the officer. The DVD set comprises of two DVDs [Urdu and English] and is a real collector’s delight!
Here is what you need to do.
See the addendum on the top of the post. It will not work now.
You can see the full image of the DVD set at the said Urdu Literature forum.