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TEDxLahore - Ajmal Kamal - Making the Urdu Project a living part of our consciousness

Talking about the Urdu Project, Ajmal Kamal, explains why there is an urgent need to map our Urdu heritage by making it available to all, free of cost. "Paper decays and perishes" and so what's left of the old manuscripts, Kamal believes, "should be made a living part of our consciousness." About the speaker Ajmal Kamal is the editor of AAJ -- the outstanding Urdu journal of world literature and ideas that he launched in 1981. His numerous translations into Urdu include works of international fiction, poetry, criticism and political and social analysis. In 1998, he founded an independent publishing house to bring out Urdu, Sindhi and English literary works under the imprint of AAJ KI KITABAIN. Another imprint, CITY PRESS, published books on contemporary social issues. He was made an Ashoka Fellow in 2002 for creating a voluntary civil society forum for the exchange of opinions and experiences about development issues and social concerns. He advises Urdu Project on the publication of Urdu language titles currently under consideration. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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