Promoting Urdu Language and
Literature in North America

The Urdu Academy was established in June 2000 to promote Urdu language and literature in North America.

It is a branch of the Urdu Academy in Multan, Pakistan that was founded some 48 years ago by three renown poets and dedicated persons, Dr. Arsh Siddiqi, Anwar Anjum and Fayyaz Tehsin. Unfortunately both professor Dr. Arsh Siddiqi and Professor Anwar Anjum are no longer with us. We feel privileged to have Mr. Fayyaz Tehsin as our Honorary Chairperson.

The Urdu Academy of North America is a not-for-profit organization. It does not currently have the non-profit status.

The Urdu Academy, is a literary and educational organization, which holds a monthly mehfil e sher o sukhan on the third Sunday of each month between 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Pakistani American Culture Center in San Jose, CA.

We talk about one of the classical poets and one of the modern day poets. Maqalas are presented highlighting their works and contributions to Urdu language and literature. Their poetry is also recited by the participants.

A few of their ghazals/ Nazms are sung by the local singers. One part of this mehfil is a “Tanqeedi Nashist".

We are in the process of compiling a complete directory of Urdu Poets with articles about their works and contributions by known writers.

Tashie Zaheer,
Urdu Academy of North America
Mountain View, CA