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The forgotten romantic

K. Venkateshwarlu


Makhdoom Mohiuddin is well-known both for his soul-stirring poetry and romantic sensibilities


— PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Lal salaam: Left party leaders paying homage to Makhdoom Mohiuddin in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: Hayat le ke chalo, kayenat le ke chalo, chalo to sare zamane ko saath leke chalo... (Take the life with you, take the universe with you, when you go, take the people with you...)

No genuine Hyderabadi will forget the immortal couplet penned by the revolutionary and romantic poet, Makhdoom Mohiuddin. As the city braces up rather languidly to celebrate the birth centenary of arguably one of the greatest progressive Urdu poets, it cannot but recall his genre of poetry -- known both for soul-stirring compositions and for striking a romantic chord.

Soul-stirring poetry

For instance, Ye jung hai jung-e-azadi, azadi ke parcham ke tale...(It is a war, the war of independence, of the myriad souls under the flag of freedom...). Six decades have passed by since Makhdoom wrote this marching song inspiring many a youngster to take the plunge into the Telangana Armed Struggle, of which he was a leading light. But even now if an old-timer, say his compatriot, Raj Bahadur Gaur, renders it, it could still launch a revolution.

No surprise that he is often compared with Sri Sri who did the same in Telugu, Faiz Ahmed Faiz of Pakistan and Nazrul Islam of Bangladesh. Yet he never lost his romantic sensibilities, which is best reflected in his film lyrics—Ek chameli ke mandve tale, maikade say zara door us mod par, do badan pyar ki aag mein jal gaye, pyar harfe wafa, pyar unka khuda, pyar unki chita... (Beneath the lily-bedecked prop, a little away from the tavern, a couple is lost in the fire of love, love is a word of faithfulness, love is their God, love is their pyre.

Though the State Government seemed to have completely forgotten the illustrious poet’s centenary, the Alam Khundmiri Foundation named after his contemporary and a group of his admirers, including Jayanthi Alam, Mohd. Ziauddin Ahmed Shakeb, Mazhar Mehdi and Lakshmi Deviraj are organising a two-day seminar on his life and works on February 7 and 8.

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