Though the 9th consecutive session of JKIP was conceptualised to be dedicated to Mirza Ghalib, on his 150th death anniversary, the poets could not resist from sharing their words on the trauma and agony they felt due to the tragic loss of lives of 44 of our brave jawans at Pulwama in the dastardly act of terrorism.
During the silence observed for 2 minutes, everybody prayed for peace of the departed souls and for courage to those left behind. Nisaba (aged 9) read the headline “PM Modi promising to take revenge for each drop of tear”.
Punjabi song on separation from martyr Bhagat Singh sung originally by his fiancee, was rendered by Gita Ashabadi. Neelam Dikshit author of “pankhuri pankhuri”, an anthology of poems on hope, recited “deh pitambar choote”. Abdullah Baig, acknowledged organiser of urdu literature fora, left an impact with witty couplets.
The highlight of the session was the theatrical recitation of Ghalib’s iconic ghazal “dil-e-nadan tujhe hua kya hai…..” by Hempushpak Arora, an established method actor. He shared the book “Ghalib: The Man, The Times” written by the noted ex-IFS Pawan K. Varma, suggested to him by none other than director M S Sathyu (film “garam hava” fame) who cast Arora in lead role of Mirza Ghalib (played by Balraj Sahani at Diwan-e-aam Lal Qila in 1969) in the ‘golden jubilee year’ show of Kaifi Azmi’s play “Akhiri Shama” at Prithvi Theatre. The book helped Arora capture the finer points of the character which, was a big challenge despite 1.5 years of his preparation.
Ruchi read excerpts from the book on the controversy around the role of Ghalib in the revolt of 1857 as brought out from his published journal named “Dastanbuy”.
Musthasan Azm, the chief guest of the session, a prolific shayar, with publication of a ghazal collection titled “manzil ke aas paas” and numerous poems in popular magazines to his credit, came to the podium. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining, the exceptionally small turnout at this JKIP session helped to have close interaction and the audience could dwell upon each word and nuance of the philosophical and meaningful shayari of Azm.
“Haqtalfee ko sehta hoon main, taqdeer samajh kar;
kehta bhi nahin shah se rani kee tarah main”……
“mujhse ummeede wafa, aur wafa, aur wafa,
mere lab pur kabhee shiqwa bhee to ho sakta hai”
Next forum 2nd March ‘19 (Saturday); 5:45 pm same place.
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