Sunday, 3 February 2013


'Haal hai, mustaqbil b hoga, maazi raha hai khaas,
Kal, aaj aur kal, zinda rahegi, ye meri jo Miraas!'

To borrow from the words of Rasheed Ogunlaru, "Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you are gone. Its what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on."
The legacy, left behind by our past is not monetary gains or material values but the everlasting tradition and culture that helps us identify who we are. It is our heritage. It still continues to live with us, in whatever we do, guiding us as a pedagogue, making us better sailors on the sands of time.

Cultural Committee is the hotspot on the culturescape of Jamia Millia Islamia. With the wealth of literature, music, drama, art, oratory and economics, the title of the wealthiest of beings on land is accorded to us.

As Benjamin Franklin says, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you’re dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing", here we effort to make things worthwhile enough to be sung rather than just being written.

Miraas, as a festival, was born with the view to magnify the confluence of different arts at Jamia Millia Islamia.
In the literal sense, ‘Miraas’ means legacy, or rather inheritance or heritage. For us, it is what we celebrate as our glorious past. The past that we want to remake and refurbish for laudation by generations to come. ‘Miraas’ isn’t just a name, but an asset of the Cultural Committee, a full moon on the sky of culture at Jamia Millia Islamia.

" The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children." –Philip Car-Gomm

The festival finds its place in the heart of the University as an upbringing of the Cultural Committee. The urge to speak and declaim, the passion to play on the stage, the drive to become music’s muse, the love for ink and colour and the idea to economize, every aspect of proficiency in a being is what Miraas passes down generations.

To say no more, THIS has.. and would continue.. 

- Momin Mobeen Khan
B.A.(H) English 3rd yr
Jamia Millia Islamia

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