Ek Shaam Muslim Saleem Ke Naam at Allahabad
Bhopal, December 5, 2010 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):Famous poet Muslim Saleem was felicitated at a grand function titled “Ek shaam Muslim Saleem ke Naam” at Urdu Ghar auditorium in Allahabad on December 1, 2010. Noted BBC Urdu announcer Yawar Abbas was the chief guest while leading High Court advocate the established Urdu poet and critic MA Qadeer presided over the function. Head Urdu Department, Allahabad University Prof
AA Fatmi was the guest of honour. The proceedings were conducted by noted writer Fazle Hasnain.
At the outset, Fazle Hasnain welcomed the guests and presented a brief introduction of Muslim Saleem. He said that the greatness of Muslim Saleem’s persona and poetry are so overwhelming that even 28 years after his absence from
Allahabad, a large number of people remember him and his poetry fondly. Fazle Hasnain quoted Muslim Saleem’s couplet “taqdeer ki mujh se yunhi takraar chalegi, main saaye mein baithunga to deewar chalegi. “Wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai….haalaanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamaam” etc.
In his welcome address, Prof Fatmi said that fragrance of Muslim Saleem’s poetry had permeated the environs of Allahabad and his poetry still reverberates in the minds of the people here even after this long period. Prof Fatmi also threw light on the contribution of Yawar Abbas. He said that it was greatness of Abbas that despite crossing 90 years of age, he is still serving the cause of Urdu.
Speaking on the occasion, Yawar Abbas thanked Urdu Ghar for organizing such a grand felicitation function.
In his presidential address, MA Qadeer said that Muslim Saleem is not only a great poet but also a very good and sincere human being. He quoted Muslim Saleem’s couplet “Rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudawa na thaa….doctor neend ki goliyan likh gaya” as one of the great couplets of Urdu poetry. MA Qadeer also recited a nazm “Nazr-e-Muslim Saleem” on the occasion, which drew copious encomiums.
Asif Usmani, the most intelligent listener of Allahabad, also threw light on the life and poetry of Muslim Saleem and said that his poetry is indeed an addition to Urdu literature.
A literary sitting followed the introductory session in which leading poets of Allahabad participated. The literary sitting was conducted by noted poet Khwaja Javed Akhtar. Those who participated in the sitting included Waquif Allahabadi, Dr Naeem, Haseeb Rehbar, Zameer Ahsan, Khwaja Javed Akhtar, Tanvir Samani, Farrukh Jafri, Dr Hasnain Akhtar, Riyaz Ammad Katib, Shah Aftaf Ahmad, Shanawaz Alam, Mohmmad Muhi and several others.