Malvika Hariom enthraals in Jashn-e-Faiz, organised by Folktales in Lucknow.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered on his 107th birth anniversary at Nirala hall of UP Hindi Sansthan in Lucknow in a function organised by Folktales. Prominent Hindi poet Kavi Naresh Saksena, Sabra Habib, Inderpal Singh, Obaid Naseer, Rafat Fatima, Nadeemuddin,Rehan Elahi,Ehsan Khan  Hasan Kazmi and other prominent citizen of the town gathered to pay homage to this great revolutionary poet. Anchoring the program Raj Smriti, the spirit behind Folktales, introduced versatile ghazal singer Malvika Hariom, who enthralled the packed house with her incredible melodious singing talent. “Bad meray bhi mera Faiz banaye rakhana.” and “Human Kae thehrii  ajnabi, shamey firaq na poonch aayei aour akar tal gayii”. Noted literary figure Nalin Ranjan said that Faiz was such a great poet that he made a permanent place in the hearts of his fans.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz who has been called as poet of the East was born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan )  on 13th February 1911,was one of the most revolutionary and dimensional poets of great century. He gave a new dimensions to Urdu poetry and most of his poetry was autobiographical in nature. His poem “Yad” is one of the masterpieces of urdu poetry.  His poetry was appealing to all the oppressed and has helped to create a culture of resistance. “Phir koi aayei, dil-ezaar nohin koi, raah nhi hogan, Kahin aour chala jayega, chal chuki raat, bikarhney lagaa taron ka gubaar”.
Faiz was a highly literate with two masters degrees, from Government College, Lahore. He was Lecturer at M A O College, Amritsar His early poems were light hearted treatment on Love and Beauty but later on he turned to politics and revolution and social problems, which were fundamental in both life and poetry. He was also Editor of The Pakistan Times. Two of his poetry collections “Daast e Saba and Zindan Namah” focus his life in prison, where he had spent 4 years. He was a recipient of Lenin Award and he died in Lahore in 1984. 
His poetry suggested a complicated relationships with Religion and Islam He was influenced by Sufism. “Every foundation you see is faulty except that of Love, which us faultless.” He said in 1962.
by Afzal Ali Shah Maududi, Editor