Wednesday, May 10, 2017

REMEMBERING KAIFI AZMI

Today is the death anniversary of renowned Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi –a Rebel with a cause , as he is also called. My first introduction with his name was through beautiful unforgettable songs he penned for the 1964 movie Haqeeqat, made on 1962 Indo-China war. The songs had a mix of patriotic fervor and a bit of romantic feelings thrown in. All the songs of the movie became hits. Later he wrote beautiful lyrics for Naunihal, a movie with Nehru as the central idea and character. Who can forget “Meri Awaz Suno, Pyar ka Raaz Suno’ & ‘Tumhari Zulf ke saaye mein Shaam kar loonga’ in Rafi’s voice.
Born Sayeed Akhtar Hussain Rizvi, showed promise early as an eleven year old when he wrote his first ghazal , which made waves when in later years sung by none other than the Ghazal Queen, Begum Akhtar.He gave up his studies in the wake of Quit India Movement in 1942 and subsequently became an avowed Marxist.. He was also associated with the Progrssive Writers’ Movement.

Then on , his poetry also took a new turn and there was more of social concern and empathy with the underprivileged section of society.He was equally well versed in Romantic poetry and expressed emotions through beautiful imagery. Of the same league as stalwarts like Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Sardar Jafri, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Jaan Nisar Akhtar, he wrote noteworthy Ghazals, nazms and film songs. To him goes the credit of writing unforgettable dialogues of Heer Ranjha , the 1970 blockbuster, all in verse. He also wrote script, dialogues and lyrics for the outstanding movie Garam Hawa. He penned excellent lyrics for Kohra, Kagaz ke Phool, Anupama, Shola aur Shabnam, Bawarchi, Pakeezah, Hanste Zakham , Arth and Razia Sultan.
He was a recipient of Padma Shri and Sahitya Academy Award besides many other honours and awards that came his way .


Our humble tributes to the legendary poet and lyricist !

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