1984 - 2009
2009 Art With Soul International Poetry events with Sufi Theme.
South Asian Older people’s Health Project
Arts and Health Project.
South Asian Film Festival
Asian Women’s Empowerment Project
Mental Health Awareness Project.
International Punjabi Conference and Mushaira
International poetry event [Health theme]
Arts and Health Project.
South Asian Film Festival
1999 Arts and Domestic Violence Awareness project.
International Punjabi Conference and Mushaira
South Asian Film Festival
1998 ‘Overseas’ collection of newspapers articles about Pakistani arts.
199 1998 Haslingden Mushaira, Unity in Diversity, and developed the independent group to organise events every year.
1998 ‘Poem on the Menu’ is a remarkable project to promote Literature, the bi-lingual poems of the local poets printed on the menu of restaurant.
1998 ‘Positive Images’ professional photographer residency for Asian Disabled
people group ‘SADA’ and it was the first time when Asian Disabled people have some artistic input in their life. Exhibition in different art galleries.
199 1998 Academy formed a group of Mental Health service users called ‘Companion’, it was the only group in Pendle which was mixed of Asian and White people and one
of the best example of Racial Harmony. We arranged arts based activities for the group through Nelson & Colne College ‘One Step at a Time’ a Mental Health
Development Programme where professional artists worked with the group in different art forms.
1998 ‘Memories of the Freedom’ was the Exhibition of paintings of Usman Ali, artist from Blackburn and the Companion groups painting were on exhibition and it created a real
positive image of mental health within the community.
1998 Pendle Community Health Shop project has been extended by using arts based activities with the users of center and the result is a new art gallery in Nelson.
199 1997 Organised 50 years Independence Celebration of India and Pakistan event in Blackburn, Manchester and Nelson. Academy formed the network of nine organisations
and raised £12,000.00, it was three months of hard work and the celebration was successful and Councillor A Piracha said, ‘Never have our Arts and Culture been
presented with such a clarity’.
1997 Asian Children’s folk dance and tableau drama in the festival of ‘What is Happening’ in Blackburn.
1997 In Blackburn ‘Good Afternoon Children’ was the drama based project to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS, within Asian community. Poetry reading event for the
same was my second project where 15 professional poets presented their writings and the theme was ‘Children living in the world with AIDS’, also organised the seminar
for it where the video drama was presented.
199 1997 Academy’s Treasurer worked as main character in a video film made by Mid Pennine Arts as a part of 50 years celebration of Independence.
199 1997 Academy organised the Asian Christian Artist’s promotion musical event in Rawtenstall where Ms Irene Parveen, Asian Christian Artist from Pakistan was crowned by
the Director of Manchester Council for Community Relations.
1997 Exhibition of Pakistani Arts and Crafts in Rawtenstall.
1997 ‘No Problem’ Business training to 15 Asian Arts organisations in Manchester, Nelson, Rochdale and Haslingden.
19 1997 Successful bid to Arts for Every One, Arts Council of England, for recording and distributing 10 Asian poets work on Audio tapes.
19 1997 The first Asian event in Nynex Arena, 50 years of Independence celebration of Pakistan, Academy’s treasurer was the compare and one of the organisor and that was
first time when one local group got a chance to perform with professional artists in Nynex, the audience was 20.000.
1997 ‘Pakistan as Depicted by Lin Yong and Su Hua’ was an Exhibition of paintings of Pakistani Culture and inner city life by two Chinese Artists. Exhibition was organised
that at Chinese Arts Center Manchester in and that was the first time when Pakistani and Chinese communities worked together.
1997 ‘Celebrating Communities’ was the event organised by Lord Mayor of Manchester, as a part of European Year Against Racism, Academy presented tableau Play, poem
and song. All the work was created by local artists. It was very successful performance and good example of Racial Harmony.
1997 ‘Sound of Village’ project in Manchester, Elderly working with youth. The project was to create a village sound of Sub-continent using young musicians in a group with
1997 Mental Health Week 1997, in Nelson, where Asian poets were involved to write the poems, video drama was shown to the audience and paintings were exhibited.
1997 Arts based project to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS in Nelson and Blackburn. The professional writers residency was carried out to work with the group and create
poems, presented in live poetry reading event.
1997 Asian Christian Musical group in Nelson to organise a Musical event in the Church where Asian Christian Artists of Pendle created Christmas songs in Urdu and Panjabi
language and the group is now actively working.
1997 Secured funding from ERDF for one of the organisation in Nelson to produce a demo audio tapes of local musicians and that project has created one permanent job and
10 short term jobs in Nelson.
1997 Mother Tongue Conference where nine organisations representatives were there and all agreed to work in a network form same as the network he created in
1997 ‘Not Just a Lunch’ funded by TSB & Lloyds, was a literary project where the professional writer worked with Asian Elderly during Luncheon Club, the project covered five
elderly groups one in Rochdale one in Manchester and three in Pendle.
1997 ‘Sipahi’ means Soldier was a poetry reading event, children from three schools of Manchester worked with the professional writer and created poems with the theme of
Soldier, the event was supported by British Army to encourage Asian people to join the Army.
1997 Skill Exchange trip of three organisations from Blackburn to London, Manchester and Scotland [ funded by The Baring Foundation]
1996 Organised a seminar of ‘Arts for Every One Express’ in Manchester for ten Arts organisations.
1996 Organised a seminar of ‘Arts for Every One Main Programme’ in Manchester for six Arts organisations
1996 Pakistani Artists group of 25 who came to UK on the 49 years of Independence Day celebration.
1996 Residency of professional writer working with young writers to create Haiku in Urdu language and at the end of the residency there was a live Haiku reading event where
10 Asian poets performed and read Haiku in Urdu. Academy was nominated for Japan Festival Award.
1996 ‘After 40’ project where Elderly and Youth worked together, music based project of Reminiscences.
1996 First Asian Film Festival in Nelson which attracted many people and demand of the Asian films increased the result is since than Apollo Theater in Burnley shows Asian
film every week.
‘BA-ADAB’ magazine started in 1996 secure the funding from Age Concern England and NWAB. It is in three languages, English, Urdu and Bengali, the editorial board is elderly and young working together.
1996 Writer’s residency with the new writers group to write Haiku in Urdu language in Rochdale.
1995 Asian Culture Evening to promote British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, two Asian young musical groups performed in Queen Elizabeth Hall Oldham, 600 youth
attended the event.
1994 The first pilot audio recording of Asian poets work project In Manchester.
1993 Presenter at Asian Sound Radio Manchester, develop Literature through radio.
1993 I wrote thirty scripts of humorous play for BBC GMR
1993 Academy was involved to set up a studio for Asian Channel for Cable Television, the channel was on in 1994 and Academy directed Drama ‘Studio 3/4’ 10 episodes
with and for young people. Also directed a drama about Asian Transvestites which was televised in Birmingham and Leicester.
Rais Academy was formed in 1993
Carvan-E-Adab was formed in 1984
manuscript in Urdu written in 911 Hijri (1515 CE) by Hazrat Sharafuddin Yahya
Muneri and is in his dargah in Muner Shareef Bihar.
It was established in 1825 to teach modern education. Sociology, Science, and Geography like subjects were taught in Urdu. No book was published here, but the education was based on lectures and students took notes and participated in Science experiments.
Vernacular Translation Society
Was in existence till 1857. Dr. Springer (Principle Dilli College), Master Ram Chandar, and Maulana Sahbaai. Many books were written and many translated from Persian and English.
Ramayan, Mahabharat, Dharam Shastra, Leelawati, Shakuntala, etc. books were translated. Deewan of Sauda, Meer, Dard, Jaraat and others was published.
Urdu was declared official language of Indian sub-continent in 1832.
Shah Meeranji Shams-ul-ushaaq [1498-1562]
Shah Burhanuddin Janam [1554-1599]
Syed Ashraf Biyabaani [1459-1528]
Shekh Hasan Shauqi [died 1633]
Muhammad Quli Qutub Shaah [1525-1612]
Muhammad Qutub Shah [ruled Golconda 1611-1625]
Abdullah Qutub Shah [ruled Golconda 1625-1672]
Mulla Asadullah Wajahi [died 1659]
Ibn Nishaati [died 1654 or '55]
Wali [born 1650- died between 1720 and 1725]
Syed Qutubuddin Firoz
Pyar Muhammad Quraishi
Muhammad Nusrat Nusrati
Shekh Bahauddin Bajan [1388-1504]
Khoob Muhammad Chishti
In Northern India
Mulla Muhammad Aleem Tahqeeq Azeemabadi [1659-1749]
Ram Narayan Mauzoon
Ghulam Sarwar (was known as Shah Ayatullah) Jauhari/ Mazaaqi [1714-1795]
Meer Muhammad Hayat (also known as Haibat Ali Khan) Hasrat
Sheikh Muhammad Raushan Joshish [1747-1801]
Meer Ghulam Ali Azhar 
Meer Muhammad Taqi Meer [1722/23- 1810]
Muhammad Rafi Sauda [1712- 1781]
Khwaja Meer Dard [1721- 1785]
Muhammad Qayamuddin Qaayam Chandpuri [1793/94]: born in Chandpur, Bijnore
Muhammad Meer Soz (takhallus first Meer then Soz) 
Khwaja Meer Asar [1735/36- 1794]
Meer Ghulam Hasan Hasan [1737- 1786]
Afzal Panipati [around 1700]
Khan Aarzoo [1687/88- 1756]
Najamuddin Aabroo  born in Gwalior
Muhammad Shakir Naaji 
Sheikh Sharafuddin Mazmoon [1734/35]
Zahooruddin Haatim [1699-1783]
Jaan-e-Janaa Mazhar [1699-1781]
Nawab Sadaruddin Muhammad Khan Faayez [1690/91- 1713]
Other names: Mukhlis, Ashraf, Yaqeen, Mubtala.
Lucknow: Period I
Inshallah Khan Insha [1752- 1817]
Yayhyamaan (famous as Qalandar Bakhsh) Jarayat [1749-1809]
Sheikh Ghulam Hamdaani Mus-hafi 
Nazeer Akbarabadi [1740- 1830]
The Golden Age of Urdu in Delhi:
Shah Naseeruddin (Kallu MiyaaN) Naseer [1760- 1833]
Sheikh Muhammad Ibrahim Zauq [1789- 1854]
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (takhallus first Asad then Ghalib) [ 1796- 1869]
Muhammad Momin Khan Momin [1800- 1852]
Bahadur Shah Zafar [1775- 1862]
Nawab Muhammad Mustufa Khan Shefta [1804- 1869]
Lucknow: Period II
Sheikh Imam Bakhsh Naasekh [1771- 1838]
Khwaja Haidar Ali Aatish [1778- 1848]
Pandit Daya Shankar Naseem [1811- 1843]
Meer Babar Ali Anees [1801/02- 1874]
Mirza Salaamat Ali
Dabeer [1803- 1875]
Ameer Ahmed Ameer Minaai [1826- 1900]
Nawab Mirza Khan Daagh [1831- 1905]
Syed Zaamin Ali Jalaal [1834- 1909]
Muhammad Mohsin Kakoravi [1827- 1905]
New thinking in Urdu Poetry
Muhammad Hussain Aazaad [1830-1910]: Delhi
Altaaf Hussain Haali [1838- 1914]: born in Panipat
Sheikh Muhammad Ismail Merithi [1844- 1917]: Merutt (U.P.)
Durga Sahay Sarwar Jahanaabadi [1873- 1910]: Jahanabad; Pilibheet.
Syed Akbar Hussain Akbar Allahabadi [1846- 1921]: Allahabad
Pandit Brij Narayan Chakbast [1882- 1926]: Lucknow
Syed Haidar Ali Nazm Tabaatabaayi [1853- 1933]
Muhammad Iqbal Iqbaal [9 Nov. 1877- 1938]
Syed Ali Muhammad Shaad Azeemabaadi [1846- 1927]: Patna (Bihar)
Naubat Rai Nazar [1866- 1932]: Lucknow
Syed Riaz Ahmad Riaz Khairabaadi [1852- 1934]: Khairabad, district Sitapur (U.P.)
Mirza Muhammad Haadi Azeez Lucknowi [1882- 1935]: Lucknow.
Asghar Hussain Asghar Gondvi [1884- 1936]: born in Gorakhpur, lived in Gonda (U. P.)
Shaukat Ali Khan Faani Badayuni ( takhallus first Shaukat) [1879- 1941] : born in Badayun (U.P.) and died in Hyderabad, Deccan.
Jaleel Hasan Jaleel Maanikpuri [1866/67- 1946]
Syed Ali Naqi Safi Lucknowi [1862- 1950]
Mirza Zakir Hussain Saaqib Lucknowi [1869-1946]
Syed Fazal-ul-hasan Hasrat Mohaani [1881- 1951]
Syed Anwar Hussain Aarzoo Lucknowi [1873- 1951]
Poets of the modern age:
Syed Aashiq Hussain Seemab Akbarabadi [1880- 1951]
Mirza Waajid Hussain first Yaas then Yagaana Changezi [1883- 1956]
Tilok Chand Mahroom [1885- 1966]
Jaafar Ali Khan Asar Lakhnawi [1885- 1967]
Jagat Mohal Laal Rawaan Unnawi [1889- 1936]
Ali Sikandar Jigar Morabaadi [1890- 1960]
Shabbir Hussain Khan Josh Malihabaadi [1894- 1982]
Raghupati Sahaay Firaaq Gorakhpuri [1896- 1982]
Muhammad Hafeez Hafeez Jallandhari [1900- 1982]
Anand Narayan Mulla [1901-]
Syed Kazim Ali Jameel Mazhari [1904- 1980]
Akhter Khan Akhter Sheerani [1905- 1948]
Ahsaan-ul-haq Ahsaan Daanish [1914- 1982]
Shahid Azeez Siddiqi Rawish Siddiqi [19__- 1980]
Nazar Muhammad Noon Meem Rashid [1910- 1975]
Akhtar-ul-Imaan [1915- 1996]
Progressive Writers Movement:
Asrar-ul-haq Majaz [1909- 1955]
Asrar-ul- hasan Majrooh Sultanpuri [b1909]
Muhiuddin Makhdoom [1908- 1969]
Ahmad Mujtuba Waamiq Jaunpuri [b1913]
Moeen Hasan Jazbi [1912-]
Faiz Ahmad Faiz [1911- 1984]
Ali Sardar Jaafri [b1913]
Sikandar Ali Wajad [1914- 1983]
Ghulam Rabbani Tabaan [1914- 1993]
Ahmed Shah Qaasmi Nadeem [b1916]
Jagan Nath Azaad [b1918]
Abdul Hayi Saahir Ludhyaanwi [ 1921- 1980]
Jaan Nisaar Akhter [1914-1976]
Fort William College
Meer Amaan (Meer Aman)
Syed Haidar Bakhsh Haidari [about 1768- 1823]
Meer Sher Ali Afsos [1746- 1809]
Meer Bahadur Ali Hussaini
Meer Kaazim Ali Jawaan [died 1816]
Nihaal Chand Laahori
Mazhar Ali Khan Walaa [died 1816]
Maulwi Ikraam Ali
Beni Narayan Jahaan
Lallo Laal Ji
Mirza Ali Lutf [about 1754- 1822]
Maulwi Amanat-ul-allah Shaida
Mirza Jaan Tapish [1767- 1816]
Mirza Muhammad Fitrat
Outside Fort William College:
Muhammad Bakhsh Mahjoor: in Lucknow wrote Nau-ratan, Gulshan-e-bahaar
Muhammad Haseen Kaleem: Friend of Meer Taqi Meer, translated fasoos-ul-hukum in Urdu
Tishna: Hafat Sayyah
Inshaullah Khan Insha: Rani Ketki aur Uday Bhai Ki Kahani (this is considered first story written in Hindi); dariyaa-e-latafat; Salak Guhar (a short story, doesn't contain even one letter with nuqta)
Mualwi Kareem-ud-deen: translated Abi-ul-fida (Arabic, History)
Maulwi Muhammad Safa: Zaad-e-aakhirat
Haafiz Ali: Raah-e-nijaat
Maulwi Muhammad Hayaat: Siraaj-ul-hayaat
Mualwi Abdul Qaadir: Gulshan-e-deen
Captain Joseph Tailor: English- Urdu Dictionary (published in 1808)
Gladwin: Dictionary (published in 1809)
John Shakespeare: Urdu Dictionary (1813)
Maulwi Ismael: leader of the Wahabi Movement wrote Taqweeyat-ul-imaan
Urdu Prose on the Road of Progress. :
Faber Muhammad Khan Gooier [about 1805- 1850]: Bustaan-e-Hikmat (translated work) published 1825
Mirza Rajab Ali Beg Saroor [1786- 1849]: Fasaana-e-ajaayab (published 1824) most famous book; his other books are Saroor Sultani (1847), Sharar Ishq (1856), Shagoofa-e-muhabbat, Gulzaar-e-suroor, Shabistaan-e-saroor, and Insha-e-saroor.
Mirza Ghalib: famous for his letter writing. brought a new style in prose writing.
Ghulam Imaam Shaheed [1804- 1876]: Majmooa Maulood Shareef; Insha-e-bahaar-e-khizaaN
Ghulam Ghaus Bekhabar [1824- 1905]: Khoona-ba-e-jigar; Rashk-e-laal-o-guhar; Fughaan-e-bekhabar; and Insha-e-bekhabar.
Golden Age of Urdu Prose:
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan [1817- 1898]: Founder of world famous Aligarh Muslim University.
Muhsin-ul- Mulk [1817- 1908]: His real name was Syed Mehdi Ali
Chiragh Ali [1846- 1895]:
Muhammad Haseen Azaad: Aab-e-hayaat (history of Urdu poetry), he laid the foundation of criticism in Urdu. "Sach aur jhoot ka roznama " (allegory), darbaar-e- akbari (book); qasas-e-hind (history for the chlidren)
Altaf Hussain Haali
first major book was majlis-ul-nisa (for education of women); hayaat-e-saadi;
yadgaar-e-ghalib; hayaat-e-javed (biography of Sir Syed Ahmed);
Nazeer Ahmed [1836- 1912]: First novel writer of Urdu, murat-ul-uroos, binaat-ul-na'ash; translated Quran into idiomatic Urdu; translated with others Indian Penal Code as "taazeeraat-e-hind”.
Mira Farhatullah Baig [1830-1947]:
Zakaullah [1832- 1910]: Wrote many articles on different subjects and topics.
Allama Shibli Nomani [1857- 1914]: author of "Al-Mamoon", "Al-Farooq", "Seerat-ul-Nabi", "Ilm-ul-kalaam", "Sho'ara-e-ajam" etc. Seerat-ul-Nabi was his last book, which was completed after his death by his shaagird Syed Sulaiman Nadvi.
Pandit Ratan Nath Sarshaar [1847-1902]: author the most well know book in Urdu "fasaana-e-aazad", another book is "jaam-e-sarshaar." Editor of "Awadh akhbaar".
Abdul Haleem Sharar [1860-1926]: author of more than 100 books, published magazine "dil gudaaz" first from Lucknow then from Hyderabad. Travelled to England learned French. His famous books are "firdaus-e-bareen", "mansoor mohna", "husn ka daku", "zavaal-e-baghdad."
Munshi Sajjad Hussain [1856-1915]: started magazine "awadh panch" in 1887.
Mirza Muhammad Hadi Rusva [1858-1931]:
Muhammad Abdul Rashid (Rashid-ul-kHeri) [1868-1936]:
Maulvi Abdul Haq [1870-1961]:
Dhanpat Rai Premchand [1880-1936]:
Ziyauddin Ahmed Barni [1890-1969]:
Rasheed Ahmed Siddiqui [1897-1977]:
Ahmed Shah Pitras Bukhari [1898-1957]:
Dr. Aijaz Hussain [1898-1975]:
Abdul Majeed Saalik [1893-1959]:
Qazi Abdul Ghaffar [died 1956]:
Sajjad Zaheer [1904-1973]:
Shaukat Thaanvi [1905-1963]:
Ashraf Saboohi [1905-1990]:
Shahid Ahmed Dahalvi [1906-1967]:
Krishan Chandar [1912-1977]:
Ismat Chughtai [1915-1991]:
Rajendar Singh Bedi [1915-1984]:
Azeez Ahmed [1914-1978]:
Qurrat-ul-ain Haider [born 1927]:
Qazi Abdul Sattar [born 1930]:
Sajjad Haider [1880-1943]:
Upendra Nath Ashk [1910-1996]:
Pandit Badri Nath Sudarshan [1896-1967]:
Sultan Haider Josh [born 1954]:
Aazam Karyovi [died 1955]:
Ali Abbas Hussaini [1897-1969]:
Akhter Hussain Raipuri [born 1912]:
Saadat Hussain Mantoo [1912-1955]:
Syed Akhter Ahmed (Akhter Qriyanvi) [1910-1977]:
Suhail Azeemabadi [1911-1979]:
Shakeela Akhter [born 1916]:
Muhammad Tafeel [1923-1986]:
Khwaja Ahmed Abbas
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi
Hans Raj Rahbar
Muhammad Hasan Askari
Mehdi Hasan Ahsan Lakhnawi [1859-1930]:
Pandit Narayan Parshad Betaab:
Munshi Vinayak Parshad (Taalib Banarasi) [1852-1922]:
Agha Hashr Kashmiri [1889-1925]:
Ahmed Shuja [1893- 1969]:
Muhammad Umar Noor-ul-ilaah:
Dr. Syed Abid Hussain:
Ishtiyaaq Hussain Quraishi:
Imtiyaz Ali Taj [1900-1970]:
Your presence reminded me of many things and these verses reminded me of so many aspects of you, so I have decided to write them down here:
I have passed many a night
in ascetic practices
But no one has revealed such
nights as these
Whoever been granted one
night such as this
His day and night is spent in
On the day when they were moulding
They were preparing me for such a
O’ Lord what are these signs tonight?
Is this the Day of judgement?
Reasons, patience, the friend have departed
What kind of love, what kind of pain
What kind of affair is this?
Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Life and Ghazals
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born in 1911 at Sialkot and was educated at Lahore, where he studied English literature and philosophy. He began his career as a lecturer in English at Amritsar. After the second World War, he turned to journalism and distinguished himself as the editor of The Pakistan Times. He was charged with complicity in the Rawalpindi conspiracy case and was condemned to four years' imprisonment in 1951. The jail term gave him a first-hand experience of the harsh realities of life, and provided him with the much-needed leisure and solitude to think out his thoughts and transmute them into poetry. Two of his books, Dast-e-Saba and Zindan-Nama are the products of this period of imprisonment.
As a poet, Faiz began writing on the conventional themes of love and beauty, but soon these conventional themes get submerged in the larger social and political issues of the day. The traditional griefs of love get fused with the travails of the afflicted humanity, and Faiz uses his poetry to champion the cause of socialistic humanism. Consequently, the familiar imagery of a love-poet acquires new meanings in the hands of Faiz... This turning away from romance to realism, from Eros to Agape, is beautifully suggested in his poem (a nazm), "mujh se pehli si mohabbat meri mahboob na maang."
In the matter of diction and style, Faiz may be called the inheritor of the tradition of Ghalib. His admiration for Ghalib is also reflected in the title of his first published work, Naqsh-e-Faryadi, which comes straight from the opening line of the first ghazal of Diwan-e-Ghalib. Although he has written poems in a simple, conversational style, he has a marked preference for polished, Persianised diction, the diction of the elite rather than of the commoners. But because of the universality of his thought and sympathetic vision, and because of his perfect handling of the ghazal, his poetry is read and admired in both parts of the Indian sub-continent.
Faiz is a "committed" poet who regards poetry as a vehicle of serious thought, and not a mere pleasurable pastime. He does not accept the maxim of "art for art's sake". An admirer of Karl Marx and a poet of the people, Faiz was honoured by Soviet Russia with the prestigious Lenin Award for Peace and his poems have been translated into the Russian language. His poetical collections include Naqsh-e-Faryadi (1943), Dast-e-Saba (1952), Zindan-Nama (1956) and Dast-e-Tah-e-Sang (1965).
Faiz passed away in 1984.
Donon jahaan teri mohabbat mein haar ke
Viraan hai maikada khum-o-saaghar udaas hain
fursat-e-gunah mili woh bhi chaar din
Duniya ne teri yaad se begaana kar diya
Bhule se muskra ke diye woh aaj Faiz
PRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT=[Kazi Nazrul Islam]"Nazrul's Flowery Tribute to Life and Beauty...
For conferring on me the honour as the chair of this Eid conference, I offer my gratitude to the Bengal Muslim Literary Society (Bongio Musalman Shahitto Shomiti). Let me first offer to you my Eid greetings. Eid is the celebration of joy and sacrifice . . .
Today, this is a poetry conference. Poets and writers have gathered here. Poets, writers, musicians are messengers who bring to people the message from the realm of joy and beauty. That’s why they are pride of human civilisation. The human thirst for joy and beauty is eternal. Just as a person feels hunger for food, so he does feel thirst for beauty.
The poets are there to quench the thirst of the non-poets. The demand for the beauty dimension of life coexists with the ordinary needs of people’s life. One day I observed a person returning from the market while holding a hen in one hand and some Tuberose (Rojonigondha) flowers in the other. I complimented him saying, "I have never seen such a combination of Fair and Fowl (foul) together!"
The duty of delivering the cup of beauty-ambrosia is on the shoulders of poets and writers. Lot of hardship and suffering the writers face in this path, but they must not be afraid. People don’t have enough break just to feed themselves. Through growing trees and paddy (rice), people turn acres and acres into plantation, but how many undertake cultivation of roses? It is even more unfortunate that the thirst for the beauty is so scanty among the educated ones of this land. It’s no wonder that the poet-writers of this land have to struggle so much in their life. But let’s not despair. The blows of pain must be welcomed with the visit of joy. The life and works of the poets and writers are like Lotus (Shotodol). Each of its petals has bloomed due to the strike of such pain and suffering.
I vividly remember my great feeling and realisation of this one day in life. My son passed away. My heart was broken by the deep sadness at this loss. Right then Hasna-Hena (a flower) bloomed in my house. I smelled the fragrance of that Hasna-Hena to my heart’s delight. That’s the way to enjoy life – which’s living a full life. I have cherished the experience of this very kind of life. My poetry and music have emanated from my life experience. I sang with the rhythm of life – these are the expressions of that rhythm. Whether my poetry and music are great or mediocre, I don’t know. But I want to state emphatically – I have lived my life fully. I have never dreaded pain or suffering. I have dived into the ocean waves of life.
I was the first in my class. The headmaster had great hope that I would bring more honour to the school, but the world war of Europe came along. One day I saw people going to war. I also joined a platoon. I went to Chattogram, saw the sea, and I thoroughly enjoyed my life by diving into it. One day a policeman aimed his pistol at my forehead, while standing right in front of me, and said, "I can kill you." I exclaimed: "Friend! Indeed, I have been searching for death all along." . . .
[Excerpts from an address "Shwadhin-Chittotar Jagoron", given in 1940 in Calcutta Eid gathering of Bongio Musalman Shahitto Shomiti. Nazrul Rochonaboli, Vol. 4, 1996, p. 115.]