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Host and Producer: Meena Gupta
Co-Producer: WEBR Radio in Fairfax
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    Omar Khayyam, Tagore, Rumi, and Meena ...
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    Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal. At seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, but he did not finish his studies there. In his mature years, in addition to his many-sided literary activities, he managed the family estates, a project which brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased his interest in social reforms. More Info and Show ... listen

    Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was born on September 30, 1207 to a family of learned Persian theologians in a city of Greater Khorasan province in Persia, presently known as Balkh, Afghanistan, and died in Konya within the Seljuk Empire's territory (currently within Turkey) on December 17, 1273. Rumi, also known as Balkhi, Mawlawi or Mawlana (meaning our guide or our lord), moved to Konya after a pilgrimage to Mecca with his father, Baha'al din Veled, and at such time the Mongols were invading Central Asia. More info and show ... Read More...

    Ghiyath al-Din Abul Fateh Omar Ibn Ibrahim al-Khayyam was born at Nishapur, the provincial capital of Khurasan around 1044 A.D. (c. 1038 to 1048). Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physician and poet, he is commonly known as Omar Khayyam. Khayyam means the tent-maker, and although generally considered as Persian, it has also been suggested that he could have belonged to the Khayyami tribe of Arab origin who might have settled in Persia. More Info and show ... listen

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    About The Host, Meena Gupta

    Meena comes from a rich heritage. A Bengali from Kolkatta India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her parents developed this unique bond in a home with two religions, Hinduism and Islam which opened a new world for her. Tolerance, patience, acceptance and love were the key words that surrounded her childhood.

    Meena stepped into broadcasting and teaching by accident and not by design, an adventure that would change the course of her life as a career woman in Pakistan, a developing country. These were honorable professions from all standards, especially in a patriarchal society where job-seeking women are often susceptible to a number of misinterpretations.

    Meena had an illustrious career as a news anchor-woman on TV/radio, and it was during this time that several independent awards such as the Graduate award were bestowed on her. She has been trained at BBC London in broadcasting disciplines such as interviewing, news reporting, production, and editing. As an Anchorwoman for Pakistan National News, she received the National Graduate Award and the National Council of Arts Award. She has sixteen years of extensive communication production experience in television and radio broadcasting in both Pakistan and the U.S.

    Meena's Story Telling performances at the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum of Art which required dramatic interpretation of the 15th century Moghul Art received exceptionally good reviews in the local papers. She continues to serve as an ambassador of goodwill by promoting Asian Classical Poetry on the Poet's of the old world in the form of an internet and cable Radio show titled "The Dead Poet's Forum" with Fairfax Public Access live online radio at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday. Her critically acclaimed program showcases the Classical Poetry of Khayam, Rumi, Ghalib, Tagore, Rehman Baba, Gibran and Kalidasa. And many more.

    Fairfax Public Access live online radio at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday. Her critically acclaimed program showcases the Classical Poetry of Khayam, Rumi, Ghalib, Tagore, Rehman Baba, Gibran and Kalidasa. And many more.


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