As a tribute to one of the finest poets in Urdu tradition, and as part of Lamakaan's Poetry Appreciation Series, Lamakaan is kicking off Majaaz's centenary celebrations through a lecture-presentation by Dr. Fakhre Alam on 9th January at 6:30 pm.
Dr. Fakhre Alam, lecturer in Urdu, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), and scholar of Urdu and Persian, will participate in selected readings, and hold discussions, on the poems of Asrar-Ul-Haq 'Majaz'.
Asrar-Ul-Haq 'Majaz' (1911-1955) is often referred to as the Keats of Urdu. Majaz hails from a family of poets and literateurs.
Muztar Khairabadi, one of the masters of Urdu poetry, was among his ancestors. His sister, Safiya, was married to Jan Nisar Akhtar, Javed Akhtar's father.
Majaz did his BA at Aligarh Muslim University and became a popular poet in Aligarh quite early in his life. He went on to become one of the front-ranking poets of the taraqqi pasand tahreek or Progressive Writers' Movement. He wrote the taraana or anthem of the AMU - "Yeh Mera Chaman Hai, Mera Chaman, Main Apne Chaman Ka Bulbul Hun".
His "Awaara" is ranked among the most popular nazms in Urdu. However, alcoholism took him rapidly down the path of self-destruction, and he died a lonely death on the roof of a tavern on 5th December, 1955.
Entry is free. Please contact 98662-74965 for further details.