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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Urdu's poet laureate Ahmad Faraz passes away


Ahmad Faraz, who was considered the greatest living poet of Urdu, is no more. The poet of 'romance & rebellion' died in Islamabad at the age of 77. He was ill for a long time but the news has come as a jolt to poetry lovers and fans of Faraz.



His name is familiar to even those who have little interest in poetry and literary. In an era, when poetry is losing its status in the society, Faraz's couplets are still recited in conversations in drawing rooms, at the pan shops in the dingy bylanes and teenagers embellish their love letters with his poetry.

Even in my early years in the school when I had no interest in Urdu poetry, I had seen girls writing his couplet on their friends' notebooks at the end of session

ab ke ham bichhde to shaayad kabhi khwaaboN mein mileN
jis tarah sukhe hue phool kitaaboN mein mileN

In teenage years, it was common to hear the couplet (incidentaly of the same ghazal):

tu khuda hai, na mera ishq farishtoN jaisaa
donoN insaaN haiN to kyuuN itne hijaaboN mein mileN

Who hasn't even heard of the famous ghazals like:

ranjish hii sahii, dil hi dukhaane ke liye aa
aa phir se mujhe chhoD ke jaane ke liye aa (Read)

&

sunaa hai log use aankh bhar ke dekhte hain
so uske shahar mein kuchh din Thahar ke dekhte hain....

He was in the true sense a poet of masses. But not just a poet of romance and love. A poet, whose revolution didn't stop in his divan, rather a crusader who fought against oppression, raised his voice against injustice and never shied away from taking on the establishment. During the regime of Ziaul Haq, he was arrested and had to later leave his country.

main bhi chup ho jaaunga bujhti hui shama'on ke saath
aur kuchh lamhe Thahar aye zindagi.....

We prayed the same when the rumour of his death came recently when he was admitted in a hospital in America. Lekin zindagi Thahri nahiiN. Alas!

A fighter to the core, Faraz remained the angry soul and during the Mushrarraf rule, he returned the civilian honour Hilal-e-Imtiaz to protest the removal of judges and the curbs on civil agitations.

This Pathan poet never compromised in life. Syed Ahmed Shah, who was known as Ahmed Faraz (1931-200*), had become a legend in his life time. He was fortunate that he earned not just fame but also money from his poetry, and at his own terms.

muddatein yaad rahengii ye baateN haamriyaaN....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sad news. May his soul rest in peace.

Himanshu

Shah faisal said...

Urdu addb and shairi losts the biggest hero.Faraz will reamins in our hearts and mind for ever.

Kis Kis ko bata yengee jodaee ka sabab hum

tu muj sy khaffa hin tu zamane k liye aa.

Allah aap ko Jannah tul ferdoos aata kare.(Amin)

Shah faisal from Peshawar

Anonymous said...

Urdu addb and shairi losts the biggest hero.Faraz will reamins in our hearts and mind for ever.

Kis Kis ko bata yengee jodaee ka sabab hum

tu muj sy khaffa hin tu zamane k liye aa.

Allah aap ko Jannah tul ferdoos aata kare.(Amin)

Shah faisal from Peshawar

Hyderabadi said...

jeevan zahar bhara saagar, kab tak amrit gholeiN ge
neend to kya aayegi faraz, maut aaye to so leiN ge

my views: in URDU & in HINDI

Anser Azim said...

zindagee kiya hai anasir mai zahor-e-terteeb
mout kiya hai inhi ajza ka pareeshan hona
His writings will never let him die,I believe.
Kis ke paas wakt hai ki kisee ke kahe huai misre per ghaur kare!!! poetry is meeting its natural death. Cricket stadium: attendance 90,000, base ball game: attendance 50,000, Football game attendance 90,000. mushaira: yeh kya hota hai. or Whats that pop!!!I dont have time....dasture zindagi kuch ajeeb ho gai hai!!!


Faraz Saheb will be missed.
anser azim, chicago

Dr Prabhat Tandon said...

बेहद अफ़सोस की बात है ! अहमद फ़राज न सिर्फ़ पाकिस्तान के आवाम बल्कि हमारे देश मे भी उनके चाहने वालों की धडकन थे ।