May 08, 2006
“ASSAN JOBAN RUTTAY MARNA”
33rd DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF
Written by: HAZRAT SHAAM
For the first time in Pakistan, a ceremony was held to pay homage to a great literary figure from India. Shiv Kumar Batalvi, a renowned Punjabi poet from Indian Punjab, was paid rich tributes for his extra ordinary literary services and contribution to the development of Punjabi language.
Conference Hall was echoing with the voice of Shiv Kumar Batalvi reciting the lines: “QABRAN UDEEK DIAN MENU JEUN PUTRAN NON MANWAN”. Audience really enjoyed it. Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s personality and works were discussed and appreciated in the program.
Mr. Mansha Yad, Dr. Khawar Saeed Bhutta, Associate Professor of Department of Punjabi, Punjab University Lahore, Tajammal Kaleem, Afzal Sahir and Dr. Azhar Mehmood Ch were invited to the stage respectively.
Prof. Waseem Gardezi of Department of Punjabi, Zamindar College, Gujrat said that poets like Pooran Singh, Amrita Pritum and Mohin Singh were well-established poets when Batalvi entered the arena of Punjabi literature and attracted people’s attention by his passionate and rich poetic diction. He further said that before the partition, there were one hundred Muslim families and four hundred Hindu families at “Bara Pind Lohtian” – the birth place of Shiv Kumar Batalvi – and they lived together in complete harmony and peace. All the kids used to play together. He mentioned that the name of the village Lohtian is due to the majority of Khushtry Hindu caste “Lohta”. He further said that Shiv Kumar Batalvi was fond of roaming around alone since childhood. That is why even today the elders of the village recall him as “Malang Baita of Patwari”. He said that the poetic journey of Shiv Kumar started from “PEEDA DE PRAGAY” while it ended at “MEIN TE MEIN”.
On behalf of “Sheikh Di Bethak” poet Akhtar Sheikh said that the poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi describes all the pains and difficulties faced from childhood to old age. Shiv kumar Batalvi liberated the song from the usual topic of the “DIM LOVE“. Though he himself departed soon, but left an indelible mark on the minds and souls of the people through his song. He said that his lines were so catchy and attractive that many writers borrowed his phrases as titles for their books. His songs express the pains and sorrows of the reincarnation.
Famous poet Tajammal Kaleem from Kasur (Chunnian) said that few days back I was being ordered to talk on Shiv Kumar Batalvi. One by one I invited all letters to come and resolve my problem. All letters came and went off, leaving me in a vacuum of thoughts. I made an announcement and slept, and that announcement was....
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At the end of the discussion, famous Punjabi novelist and intellectual, Mansha Yaad said that he was delighted to see Shiv’s fans remembering him in a befitting manner. It was a proof that his fans were present everywhere. He said that whenever he had read Shiv’s poetry, he was amazed by his poetic and musical maturity.
Young poet and Punjabi broadcaster, Afzla Sahir read few poems of Shiv Kumar Batalvi and won the people’s hearts.
At the end, famous Ghazal Singer Ustad Fiaz Ali Khan sang these songs.
After the music, there was a Mushaira to pay homage to Shiv Kumar Batalvi. Poets not only from twin cities but also from other towns of the Punjab participated in this Mushaira. Tasaduq Bhatti, Veer Sipahi, Ali Shakir, Afzal Sahir and Tajammal Kaleem were some of the major names of the Muhsaira.
The team of “PEHLA PER (THE FIRST STEP)” which consisted of Hazrat Shaam, Saleem Pasha and Qamar-uz-Zaman, paid thanks to the honourable guests individually.
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