Poet Majaaz remembered by AMUOBA (Lucknow) on his death anniversary
jAligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (Lucknow ) celebrated death anniversary of noted poet Assarul ul Hague Majaaz, on 5th December .Majaaz who is buried in Nishaatganj Qabiristan of Lucknow, died on 5th December 1955 and is credited to have written the AMU Tarana ,which is sung everyday at AMU and on every functions of AMU.
Syed Shoib ,alongwith various members of AMU Old boys association Luck now Tariq Siddiqui,Atif Hanif, Alvi, Irfan Ahmed and many prominent citizen Ashfaq Ahmed Khan were there to pay homage to this famous Urdu poet, who is also called Keats of the East.
Asrar-ul Haq Majaz was remembered on his Death Anniversary
“Ab Iske Baad Subh Hai Aur Subh-e Nau Majaz,
Hum Par Hai Khatm Shaam-e Ghariban-e , Lucknow where he is buried alongside Safia Akhtar, his sister and mother of poet Jawed Akhtar. The team renovated the grave with painting and cleaning of the area. AMUOBA is planning to continue this activity for all the poets buried in Lucknow. Qamar Sitapuri recited Naat on the occasion. Ahmad Irfan Alig recited the poetry of Majaz. Syed Shoeb, Anwar Habeeb Alvi and Ali Saghar presented a small skit on the poetry of Majaz. Suhail Farooqui, Ghufran Siddiqui, Atif Hanif, Sheikh Tariq, Mohammad Faheem, Farooq Siddiqui, Abu Omama, Ashfaque Khan, Qais Mujeeb etc joined the event today.
“Khoob Pehchaan Lo Asrar Hoo Mein,
Jins-e Ulfat Ka Talabgaar Hoo Mein”
AMUOBA President, Mr Tariq Siddiqui informed that on 13th December there will be a Ghazal Evening at SNA which is dedicated to Majaz and on 15th December, General Body Meeting and a seminar will be organised in Urdu Academy focussing on life and poetry of the legendary poet. Shorter version of his composition ‘Nazar-e Aligarh’, was declared as Aligarh Muslim University Tarana in 1951 , this is one more reason for Majaz being favourite poet of Aligarians. Majaz was one of the pioneer poet of Taraqqi Pasand Tehreek ( Progressive Writers Movement ).
“Tere Mathe Pe Yeh Anchal Bahut Hi Khoob Hai Lekin,
Tu Is Anchal Se Ek Parcham Bana Leti To Accha Tha”
Asrar-ul Haq Majaz is one of the most important poet of mid 20th century. Famous for both romantic as well as revolutionary poetry, his compositions truly reflects the spirit of Lucknow School of Poetry. Family of Majaz is from Hazrat Usman Harooni, a great sufi and Persian poet. Born in Rudauli which is famous for Sufism, his father Siraj-ul Haq was from zamindar background. His personality groomed at Aligarh Muslim University from where he did his BA in 1935. Moin Ahsan Jazbi and Aal Ahmed Suroor were his close friends in Aligarh. In an article ‘Jaggan Bhaiyya’, Hamida Salim has written “Aligarh ke qayam ka daur jaggan bhaiyya ki adbi zindagi aur shaoor ka roshan tareen daur hai. Zyadatar acchi nazmein isi zamane me kaheen”. Aligarh Numaish is very famous activity and Majaz composed a nazm on the same ‘Numaish Mein’. Ismat Chughtai has written that “ladkiya unki tasveerein chupa kar rakhti aur unke naam ke qurre dale jaate…..jidhar dekhye chaar ladkiya chaman ke kone me sar jode kabhi andheri raat ke musafir ke saath dasht paimai kar rahi hain to kahi barbat shikasta ke taar suljhae jaa rahe hain. Do ladkiya nazr-e dil liye baethi hain to chaar khana badosh ke saath, chand raat aur rail ke saath farrate bhar rahi hain to koi bhuli bhatki ghamgheen kisi ki yaad mein gharq munh aundhae padi hai. Gharz dil-o dimaagh mein kuch is shaan se ‘aahang’ chaai ki maalum hota tha ki koi waba boarding par lot padi hai”.
“Zamaane Se Aage To Badhye Majaz,
Zamaane Ko Aage Badhana Bhi Hai”
Afzall Ali Shah Maududi(with inputs from Syed Shoib Alig )