A unique Mushaira was organised in Sholapur in Maharashtra recently where only the non-Muslim poets of Urdu recited their poetry.
Mahendra ‘Ashk’ presided over the Mushaira and gave an introductory speech about Urdu language, literature and the tradition of Mushairas. Shyama Singh Saba, a poetess, recited the Naat.
She read out a few ghazals also including the particular verse with the couplet:
dar-badar kyuuN bhaTaktaa hai aakhir
chaaNd bhii kyaa koii bhikaarii hai
Ashok Sahil’s couplet received huge applause from the audience:
Urdu ke chand lafz haiN jab se zabaan par
tehzeeb meherbaan hai mere khaandaan par
And when he recited this couplet, thunderous applause enlivened the atmosphere:
merii Urdu ko dahshatgard jisne bhii kahaa hogaa
use to apnii maaN kaa doodh bhii kaDvaa lagaa hogaa
The poet from Muzaffar Nagar, won over the audiences. Archana Nigam from Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) got praise for her ghazals. Her couplet:
faqat nazar se nazar milii hai, zabaaN se kuchh bhii kahaa nahiiN hai
badan meN kyuuN kaundhti hai bijli, abhi to usne chhuaa nahiiN hai
And then veteran poet Mahendra Ashk, who hails from Bijnore, rendered his couplets:
jise navaazaa usii shaKhs ne jaDeN kaaTiiN/shajar kaa saaya ghazab ho gaya shajar ke liye
meraa bigaaDegii kyaa tez dhuup raste ki/gharibi oDh ke niklaa huuN maiN safar ke liye
Ved Diwana, who came from Punjab, rendered romantic ghazals.
Khushk aankheN ho gaiiN, gham bhii puraane ho gaye
aa tujhe dekhe hue kitne zamaane ho gaye
And Archana Shrivastava, the poet from Seoni (Madhya Pradesh), came up with humours lines. Devendra Kafir also recited humououes poety and changed the mood. Kafir’s couplets:
ishq ek aasmaan hai pyaare
apnii apnii uDaan hai pyaare
husn to dunyaadaari sikh gayaa
ishq ab tak paThaan hai pyaare
He was followed by Taruna Sagar who recited her ghazals. She came from Amravati.
guloN kaa rang jal gayaa, mazaa nahiiN bahaar meN
taDap rahii huuN raat din tumhaare intezaar meN
After the culmination of the first round, the second round started that continued till well after midnight. Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh inaugurated the mushaira. He lit the ‘Shama’ (lamp).
Dharam Singh who is son-in-law to Sholapur, spoke at length and recited several couplets. A host of dignitaries were present. The Urdu Hindi Ekta Manch had organised the event. Earlier, in the presence of Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde the Manch that had come in existence early this year.
(Report courtesy Muhib Kausar)