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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6 Responses

  1. all non muslim poets are requested by us to send us yours poetry on karbella and salaam to imam hussain a.s , for our magzine AKKAS in page files by email
    akkasurdu2@gmail.com
    akkasurdu@hotmail.com
    thanks
    arshad khalid editor akkas

  2. Dear Sir,
    I have read above column and very glad to know about urdu peotry. I want know website of urdu sahitya sammelan which going to held on 1,2,3 feb in solapur.
    Regards
    Ishtiaq ahmed

  3. Why most non muslim of india do not want to give urdu its right place? Is it because urdu is invented by muslims.

  4. ye bahot hi achi baat hai ki urdu sirf musalmano ki nahi balki tamaam mazahib ki zaban .. isse un logo ko sabak milna chahiye jo ye kehte hai …

  5. Ham ek qaum ke bande hain/ Ham mein koee bhale na mande hain/Badan hamaare bane hue hain ek tarah ke khaane sse/ Mazaa hamein jinmein aataa hai/Shahen wahee hain zamaane sse/Mazahab apne-apne hamaare/Apne-apne dhandhe hain/Ham ek qaum ke – – -/Ek hee ssargam per apnee/ Mausseeqee taanen bhartee hai/Ek tarah ke husn pe hee/ Ye qaum hamaaree martee hai/Kamar lacheelee ssurmaa menhdee/Wahee zulf ke phande hain/ Ham ek qaum ke – – /
    Duniyaabee daulat neechee hai/ Roohaanee massarrat oonchee hai/ Mazahabon ne ssabne hamaare/ Prem-bel hee sseenchee hai/Ek chaman hai apne man kaa/Ek shajar ke parinde hain/ Ham ek qaum ke – -/Apnaa hai ye aasmaan / Ye khulee hawaa ssab apnee hai/issmein laddoo deewaalee ke/Biriyaanee Eid kee chakhnee hai/Ye noor-e-muhabbat jo naa dekhen/ Aql ke vo bhaee andhe hain/ Ham ek qaum ke- -/
    Bharat Pakistan hain apne/ Mulk bahut hee pyaare/ In per faiz ssadaa barssaayen/ ssooraj chaand ssitaare/Dil hain ssaaf hamaare tumhaare/ ssiyaassiyon ke gande hain/ Ham ek qaum- – -/’Gobind’ aao gale lagen ham/ ek ssee tabeeyat waale/Ssab achchhe hain koee kissee mein/ Ab naa nuqs nikaale/Aao taapen aag mein unkee/ Gilon ke jo bhee pulinde hain/ Ham ek qaum ke bande hain/ Ham ek qaum ke bande hain!

  6. nice website.

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