kahne ko chand gaam thaa ye arsa-e-hayaat
lekin tamaam umr hi chalnaa paRaa mujhe
Agha wrote over 60 books including texts on criticism, poetry, literary trends, humour and other genres.
He was 88 at the time of his death. He is remembered for his role in establishing Urdu ‘inshaiya’ while he is also credited as a leading poet of modernist verse [Nazm].
Dr Agha also wrote ghazals. Apart from his collection of poetry, he also penned an autobiography. In Delhi, Shrine Group of Action, organised a programme in memory of the late litterateur. Eminent poets paid tributes to Dr Agha.
In Lucknow, Bazm-e-Lauh-o-Qalam organised a condolence meeting. The speakers recalled Wazir Agha’s literary journey from Adabi Dunya to Auraaq. His Nazms, particularly, Aadhi Sadi ke Baad, and Ek Katha Anokhi were also mentioned.
Literary organisations throughout India are holding condolence meets in other cities also and obituaries are appearing in newspapers as the news. In fact, his demise has stunned the literary world in the sub-continent.
It is quite a unique Nazm, which is written in ghazal format. He also wrote free verse or Azad Nazm apart from Nasri Nazms and Paaband Nazms.
jabeen-e-sang pe likha mera afsaana gaya
maiN rahguzar tha mujhe raund ke zamaana gaya [Wazir Agha]
However, Agha is not a figure who could be forgotten. As a leading nazm-go shaa’er and an immensely respected critic, Dr Wazir Agha’s contribution can’t be erased. His name and his works are now part of the literary history of Urdu.
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