Ramesh K Dhiman, CHANDIGARH, September 11 : The city got drenched in a divine glow at Tagore Theatre here on Monday evening, where erudite poets doled out their compositions to a packed-like-sardines audience. The occasion was the All-India Mushaira – Eik Sham Aman ke Naam, organized by Ibarat Lekhak Kala Manch, Chandigarh and Cultural Affairs Department, Haryana. They weaved a spell of poetry touching upon a variety of themes, – social, metaphysical, mundane, romantic, et al, reliving the sheer nostalgia of the bygone days.
Ibarat Lekhak Kala Manch, Chandigarh, is a literary forum, engaged heart and soul in the promotion literature, especially poetry, for the past over 18 years now. The Munch has held some 40 ‘mushairas’ across the country where poets of renown have participated. Manch president Naveen Neer, the guiding force behind the founding of the literary forum, beams a beatific smile as he tells about the forum he is heading.
Star poets and ‘shayars’ from various parts of the country regaled the distinguished audience with their poetic compositions. Prominent among them inculded Rahat Indori (Indore), Hasan Kamaal (Mumbai) Rajesh Reddy (Mumbai), Naim Rashid (Burhanpur), Ms Aleena Itrat (Ghaziabad) Tausif Tabish (Jammu), Shamsh Tavrezi (Panchkula), Jagdish ‘Khushdil’ (Mohali), Naveen Neer (Chandigarh), Ms Anna Dehlvi (Delhi), Ms Savita Aseem (Mumbai), Jatinder Parwaz (Patiala)
Celebrity poet Rahat Indori shared the sheer nostalgia of the life in villages, in his inimitable style “Jawan aankho jugnu chamak rahe honge, abb apne gaon mein amrood pakk rahe honge” He recited another popular composition on the public insistence. “Sabhi ka khoon shamil hai yahan ki mitti mein, kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai”
Renowned poet, known for his heart-touching songs for film ‘Nikkah’ Hasan Kamaal, read out popular poem “Badal bhesh chahe lehza apna khushnuma kar, jo kaatil reh chukka ho voh massiha ho nahin sakta”
Shams Tavrezi, a seasoned poet and Urdu scholar doled out his “Mein sochta hun kabhi aisa ho na jaye kahinke, khuaw aankh mein ho aankh so na jaye kahin” invoking a huge round of applause from the public.
Young poet Naveen Neer, the beckoning force behind this massive literary extravaganza, synthesized the human psyche in his powerful composition “Tees ki hadd nikalne aana, jakham mere khangalne aana”
Ms Savita Aseem was at her best when she lampooned the fence-sitters finding fault in others “Jinke chehre pe sab kharashein hain, voh hamein aina dikhate hain”
Jatinder Parwaz touched upon the romantic chord as he doled out his thematic verse “Yun hi udaas hai dil bekrar thori hai, mujhe kisi ka intezar thori hai”
Noted Punjabi poet Jagdish ‘Khushdil’ enlivened the august moment adding Punjabi flavour to the occasion as he doled out “Jeen leyi apne aap which vishwash paida karo, haneriyan which roshni di aas paida karo”
Ms Anna Dehlvi recited her composition in a typical tradition “Tumhari yadon ke chand aansu hamari aankho mein pal rahe hain, na jaane kaise hain yeh musafir, na ruk rahe hain na chal rahe hain”
Tausif Tabish, the master at weaving themes read out his insightful poetic composition “Jo parizad hai yeh sabhko dikhana tha mujhe, sirf ikk baar hath lagana tha mujhe”
Rajesh Reddy evoked huge blah-blah from public for the recitation of his ‘kalaam’ “Hamein safar mein bhatkane ka darr na tha koi, ki hum humsafar the sabhi rehbar na tha koi”
Ms Aleena Itrat highlighted the fickle-mindedness of us human beings, through her popular composition “Abhi toa chaak mein jari hai raksh mitti ka, abhi kumhar ki neeyat bhi badal sakti hai”
Senior IAS officer SS Parsad, ACS (Home), Haryana, was the chief guest on the occasion. He lauded the role of the organizers and the poets, the cultural ambassadors of the country, for propagating and promoting the glory Urdu and other languages by organizing theme ‘mushairas’ from time to time.
Anmol Ratan Sidhu, senior advocate and president, Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, was the guest of honour.
The special guest on the occasion were Ranju Parsad, IPOS, Haryana Government, Niranjan Singh, IAS (Retd.), a former chairman, SC Commission, Punjab, and Ram Gopal, DSP (CID), Chandigarh Police.