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Friday, February 24, 2012

Don't look at Government, Do it yourself: First Urdu Cartoon Website launched

First a great news for Urdu lovers, as also for those who love cartoons. A website that features cartoon strips in Urdu, Urdu Cartoon Kids, has been launched.

To give a sense to reader why it is so important for me is the fact that despite nearly 150-200 million speakers in India and Urdu being the official language in Pakistan, there was hardly anything for kids in this segment on the internet.

For years we have heard Urdu speakers lament that the language is not linked to employment or it doesn't have resources. The truth is that no one stops you from doing anything.

Hundreds of newspapers are published in Urdu and they are full of politics or other mundane news.
However, there is no focus on kids. They don't realise the importance of the young generation learning the language.

Unless the kids gets comfortable with the script, there can't be a strong readership for Urdu or magazines in the coming generations.

We don't have a magazine like 'MagicPot' that appeals to 3-7 year segment either. Government in India established 16 Urdu Academies in India apart from NCPUL and some other institutions for promoting Urdu. Urdu speakers could have put pressure on them to take up such work.

Alas, after the Khilauna ceased publication, even children's magazines don't invest in cartoons, which are the first to attract children towards the written word.

Even more shocking is the fact that though Urdu has the status of official [or national] language is Pakistan, I didn't know of any cartoon site from the country either.

Such gross neglect towards children is astonishing by any standards.

S Mukarram Niaz
But blaming others is easy. What is more important is that you do the job and set standards. It's not easy but it's not impossible either. The website Urdu Kidz Cartoon has been launched.

It will get enriched in the days to come. Now children who surf the net, can read their favourite cartoons, the ones which we read in 70s, the decade of 80s or even the newer comic characters, in their mother tongue.

Spread the word, friends. Such projects need your moral support.
Thank you Taemeer.com. A big thanks to Syed Mukarram Niyaz. I wish to thank each of the team members individually.

Thank you Mr Syed Nomaan, Ms Andaleeb, Mr Arshad Jamal Hashami, Mr Jawed Nehal Hashami, Mr Shoaib Saeed Shobi, Mr Ejaz Obaid, Mr Syed Hyderabadi and Mr Sawood Ibn-e-Sayeed.

Netizens had put up old cartoon strips in Hindi [and English] that were published in Indrajal comics in the past, on blogs and sites. However, we hadn't seen such a passion among Urdu-walas till  now. Hope the creation of this website would awaken others as well.

Till now Urdu comics were not easily available in India. I am not aware about the situation in Pakistan though.

Just last month I had written the post 'No cartoons, comics in Urdu newspapers' on this blog and had written a post earlier also.

Within a month, I am witness to the birth of this website. Now it's our job to take the site ahead, in terms of suggestions, at least.

True to the catchline, a site for 'eight to eighty year old kids', as there is a child in every adult, this website fills an existing void. Of course, it is just the beginning. So what are you waiting for? Just logon to the UrduKidzCartoon.


Mubassir Latifi said...

Great initiative. Hope the efforts would fructify and this endeavour brings smiles on the face of every "Child". God bless you.

indscribe said...

Shukria Mubassir Sahab.

Ganesh Dhamodkar said...

It is really a great thing, but I wish if it were in print.

I remember when I started learning Urdu back around 2004, I had no other means to exercise my Urdu skills other than Urdu newspapers, and you can imagine how difficult it would be for a newbie who was just learning "abzd" to read those damn serious newspapers. Even Urdu newspapers are easily available here at Nagpur. I want to get an Urdu newspaper or magazine, I must go to some predominantly Muslim localities, railway station, bus stop, etc. Easy availability of simple child books would have helped me greatly; now I am left with just primary-level reading skills even after seven or eight years of learning.

I visited the website. It was really a nice feeling when I found I could read the tagline "Aath sey assi saal tak ke bachcho.n ke liye" without any problem. I still have a hard time reading Urdu on computer, it seems so different from nastaliq.

Still, a good initiative. I hope it would help to nourish the habit of reading in Urdu-speaking children. Thanks for sharing.

Mukarram Niyaz said...

Dear Adnan, thanks a lot. I know it wasnt possible without your huge moral support. Even now i am looking for your advices and support towards the selection of comics.
@Ganesh Dhamodkar: Your reply boost me a lot bhai. Thank you. You can easily read this site in Nastaleeq urdu. just download a nastaleeq font in your computer. the font is available at the site. kindly check the 'Font Download' page.

indscribe said...

@ Thanks Ganesh bhai

@ Mukarram bhai :)

rohan sharma said...

کمال کا لنک بھیجا بھائی، بلو کو پڑھ کے بچپن یاد آ گیا ، اس زبردست پوسٹ کے لئے ممنون ہوں آپکا