Raghib pays a heartfelt tribute to Rahat Indori (1950-2020)
Not many poets become famous enough to become a part of our day to day lives and even fewer are frequently quoted to mark protests or dissent in times of social upheaval. His poetic age spans almost five decades where he participated in hundreds of mushairas and wrote several lyrics for Hindi cinema. Indori is very often quoted on social media platforms. Interestingly, he also trended for a while on Twitter too. His couplets are used as placards in several protests in India while he was also quoted many a time in Indian Parliaments and speeches in the public gatherings. All these led to his public popularity, making Urdu poetry familiar to a wider range of audience who have less or no acquaintance to Urdu as a language.
“Bol ke lab azaad hai tere” is a famous poem by legendary Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Eleven artists from Singapore recited this poem to inspire others and pay homage to Faiz and his spirit of speaking up, and speaking truth to power. The artists shot their own clips at their homes using mobile devices, respecting the social distancing regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My grandmother was a nagging woman. During one such exchange when my grandfather, Mohammad Ghassan, was quietly sipping tea, a full-on barrage of complaints and abuse was being unleashed. The wife-loving old man — I usually marveled at his patience — looked at me, adding with a wry smile:
Har ek baat pe kahte ho tum ki tū kyā hai
Tumhīñ kaho ki ye andāz-e-guftugū kyā hai
The satire and the andāz-e-bayaan stayed with me. I could so easily visualise his helplessness and the torment. The couplet stayed with me although I didn’t know the author of the lines or their context. But whenever such a situation presented itself, I was tempted to use the lines. This is the greatness of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib. Read more
The festival, has lined up acclaimed writers and poets from across borders and generations, and is spread over three days. In Delhi, it will be held on April 30 and May 3, and in Mumbai on May 2: DNA
Seeking to revive Urdu literature and setting forth a platform to encourage fresh litterateurs, both in Urdu and Hindi, Jashn-e-Adab Society for Poetry and Literature is organising the fourth Edition of the International Poetry festival in Delhi and Mumbai.
“Urdu, a generous mixture of languages like Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish is perhaps the only language that can be enjoyed even if you don’t understand it,” says Urdu Poet Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, who is also the Secretary of Jashn-e-Adab Trust.