Saturday, February 20, 2021

Mehfil-e-Naat, Manqabat: Urdu poets and devotional poetry in praise of Prophet, Ahl-e-Bait

Apart from 'mushairas', there are poetic meets like 'Mushaira-e-Tarah' or Mehfil-e-Na'at-o-Manqabat that are held in cities, towns. 

Poets who compose poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad, recite the couplets in Naatiya Mushaira. 
Simiarly, there are poetry meets where poets render their compositions in praise of Hazrat Ali, Imam Husain. 
Most of these events aren't reported in 'mainstream press'. However, they are a common feature in most towns. 
These genres are such that not just poetic talent is tested but they should also be aware of historical events and could deal with the terminology, even the delicate use of language that has be kept. One of the couplets recited: 
Main ne naam Muhammad ka liya, khud Toofaa.n 
Chal diye le ke safeena mera saahil ki Taraf 
[Zeeshan Ali Shauq]
Ye aur baat hai ki saaya nahi tha unka magar 
Hasan, Husain parchaaiyaa.n hai.n Mohammad ki
[Javed Iqbal]
Jab azeezo.n ne meri timardaari chhoR di 
Dard-e-ulfat ne Nabi ke, kar diya achcha mujhe 
[Qaaim Husain Qaaim]
This post is just to give a glimpse about the Indo-Islamic culture and poetry sessions held in most cities in India. This report published in Roznama Sahara mentions that Anjuman Baqaa-e-Mahfil-e-Naat--Manqabat organised a session. Mutahir Husain Nausha presided over it.