Tributes pour in for Urdu poet Shuja Khawar

Eminent Urdu poet Shuja Khawar passed away in Delhi. Shujauddin Sajid alias Shuja Khawar was an important name in contemporary Urdu poetry.

A host of programmes were organised to pay tributes to the late poet. In Delhi, many events were held. Urdu Tehzib, Angla Arabic School Old Boys’ Association, Delhi Urdu Club and Maulana Azad Educational & Medical Society held condolence meets.

People recalled how Shuja was among the two Muslim IPS officers (Asad Farooqui was the other) who had been deployed along with other officials to arrest Indira Gandhi during Janata Party rule in 1977.
Shuja, a former IPS officer, had quit service in the midst of his career (in 1994).

Jatinder Parwaz said that Shuja had recited in mushairas along side legends like Firaq Gorakhpuri, who also considered him a gem among poets. “Firaq said that he cherished reciting along with him”, he recalled. Shuja Khawar’s death has left a void in Urdu literature.

Shuja had also flirted with politics briefly. After a paralytic stroke, he had been bedridden for years. However, he had lately regained health and was again attending literary functions. He died suddenly due to heart attack.

Read Shuja Khawar’s couplets and his literary achievements here.


4 Responses

  1. Grieved to know the sad demise of a good poet termed as GEM by another famous and well known personality in Urdu adab “Firaaq”
    May Allah bless his soul!!!!


    Kyaa kiyaa jaaye yahii Allah ko manzuur hai,
    Dillii aakar bhii ye lagtaa hai ke Dillii duur hai,
    vo tajallii hai na Muusaa hai ne koh-e-tuur hai
    lamhaa-e-maujuud imkaanaat se bharpuur hai,
    har misl ko tajurboN ne mere jhuTlaayaa magar,
    tajurbe gumaaN haiN aur har masl mash’huur hai,
    aaj kal bas shaayerii kartaa hai roz-o-shab “Shuja”,
    shah’r hii aisaa hai, bechaaraa baRaa majbuur hai.

  3. True Anwaar Sahab.

    Jyotsna Sahiba, thanks for sharing this ghazal. Your adab-dosti, adab-nawazi and adab-parasti are really commendable.

  4. Khud ureyga tu laaey ga khaber saat aasmaanoo ki

    uraaeyga parindah to jaakar chat pey beth jaaey ga

    jo dil ka bura hey woh b har haal bura hey

    doo aankhien bhi rakhta hu to dajaal bura hey

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