Unique Mushaira: Non-Muslim Urdu poets enchant audience at historic Sholapur mushaira

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)

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Poetry on martyrs of Karbala

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The mushaira ‘Shohada-e-Karbala ki yaad meN’ was organised at Amroha recently under the aegis of Bazme-e-Sajjadia.

hai pyaas baRii ki hai baRaa daryaa
ek pyaase ke hai pairoN meN paRaa daryaa
(Shafa’at Naeem)

unke lab par karbala meN Hind ka aayaa thaa naam
hinduoN ko yuuN aqiidat ho gaii Husain se
(Bhuvnesh Kumar Sharma)

Karbalaa ka vaaq’ya hai kis qadar mo’ajaz-numaa
kuchh nahiiN dekhaa magar hai saaraa manzar samne
(Zahid Nauganvi)

dekhii hai jab se surKhii-e-aKhbaar-e-Karbalaa
nazreN haiN muztarab pai-diidaar-e-Karbalaa

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Na’atiya Mushaira in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

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The Seerat Committee of the Aligargh Muslim University recently
organised a Naatia mushaira where poets from various parts of
the country rendered ‘naat’, poetry in praise of
Prophet Muhammad.

The AMU VC Naseem Ahmad and Abul Mujahid Zahid presided
over the mushaira, which continued till 2 am. A selection of couplets
recited by poets at the Naatia mushaira are as follows:

diin kii aur diin ke sardaar kii baateN karo
zindgii bhar sayyad-e-abraar kii baateN karo
(Sanjya Mishra Shauq)

zamiiN se taa falak jiskaa bol-baalaa hai
vohii to zaat Muhammad kii sabse aalaa hai
(Zahir Ahmad Sahil)

jahaalat thii, sitam thaa, nafratoN ke abr chhaye the
yah sab us waqt ki baateN haiN jab tak voh na aaye the
(Manzar Chishti)

voh zindagii Khudaa ki qasam zindagii nahiiN
jis zindagii meN aks-e-Hayaat-e-nabii nahiiN
(Azhar Inayati)

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Annual Lal Quila Mushaira 2007

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Gulzaar, abruu-e-zabaaN ab hamiiN se hai
dilli meN apne ba’ad yeh lutf-e-suKhan kahaaN
(Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi)

And a meaningful couplet:
yuuN hii sar chaRh ke har ek mauj-e-balaa bolegii
ham jo Khamosh rahenge to hawaa bolegii
(Mehtab Haidar Naqvi)

na Khauf-e-barq, na Khauf-e-sharar lage hai mujhe
Khud apne baaGh ke phuuloN se Dar lage hai mujhe
(Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad)

tum aasmaaN ki bulandi se jald lauT aanaa
hameN zamiiN ke masaa’il pe baat karnii hai
(Shaa’er Jamali)

dil meN utregii to puuchhegii junuuN kitnaa hai nok-e-Khanjar hii
bataayegii ki khuuN kitnaa hai
(Shaharyaar)

yahaaN mazbuut se mazbuut lohaa TuuT jaataa hai
kaii jhuuTe ikaTthaa hoN to sachchaa TuuT jaataa hai
(Haseeb Soz)

tamaam ghar kii fizaa ko badaltaa rahtaa hai
voh ek khilaunaa jo aangan meN chaltaa rahtaa hai
(Azhar Inayti)

Dr Naresh, Makhmoor Saeedi and Waseem Barelvi also participated in the mushaira. The Laal Qila Mushaira used to be an important even in the calendar of Urdu events but like other mushairas, the standards have fallen here also. Gulzar Dehlvi’s couplet seems prophetic. Still, there are some voices (and upcoming poets) on whom rests the future of Urdu poetry.

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Jashn-e-Ghalib: Urdu Mushaira at Aiwan-e-Ghalib (Delhi)

A GALAXY of eminent Urdu poets from across the world regaled the audience at the Aiwan-e-Ghalib in Delhi on Monday.

apnii manzil pe pohoNchnaa bhii khaRe rahnaa bhii
kitnaa mushkil hai baRe ho ke baRe rahnaa bhii
(Shakil Azmi)

tera chehra in aaNkhoN meN puraana ho gaya hai
kahiiN phir mil,tujhe dekhe zamaana ho gaya hai
(Wali Bijnori)

yeh shahar-e-la-had-osimt mera
globe meN ek nishaan bhar thaa
(Rashid Jamal Faruqi)

bhanak kisi na kisi tarah paa gaye patthar
shajar meN phal koi aaya, ki aa gaye patthar
(Ghulam Murtuza Rahi)

achchhii chiizeN lageNgii aur achchhii
darmiyaaN kuchh kharaab rakh dena
(Balraj Komal)

aaNdhiyaan aatii thii lekin kabhii asiaa na huaa
khauf ke maare judaa shaaKh se pattaa na huaa
(Shaharyaar)

yeh aaNsuu jaante haiN kis ke daaman par barasnaa hai
har ek shaaKh-e-gulistaaN manzil-e-shabnam nahiiN hai
(Lutf-ur-Rehman)

aye Khudaa raah-e-tamanna meN miTaa de mujh ko
aayegi kis ke laboN pe yeh du’aa mere ba’ad
(Sajida Zaidi)

kisii ko hai bhii saliiqa chaman meN jiine kaa
maiN jis sukuuN se bikhraa huuN kaun bikhregaa
(Kashmiri Lal Zakir)

Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Shaharyar, Makhmoor Saeedi, Balraj Komal, Kashmiri Lal Zakir, Zubair Rizvi, Kamal Ahmed Siddiqui, Aleem Saba Navedi, Lutf-ur-Rahman, Mus’haf Iqbal Tausifi, Zahida Zahidi, Sajida Zaidi, Bekal Utsahi and Malikzada Manzur Ahmed were amongst the poets who recited at the mushaira.

Malika Naseem, Syed Taqi Abidi, Noor Amrohvi, Asad Mufti, Saleem Shahzad, Khaleel Tanveer, Mehtab Naqvi, Siraj Ajmali, Qaisar Azmi, Pratipal Singh Betab and Alam Khurshid also rendered their couplets and verses. The three-day Jashn-e-Ghalib culminated with this mushaira.

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