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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Anwar Shaoor at T2F

Poet Anwar Shoor has become synonymous with Sehlé Mumtina'a, a phrase that loosely means as simple as it can possibly get. It is applied to a form of poetry that uses everyday Urdu or simple words to convey a thought that may be much deeper than appears at first glance. And if it is not deep, partaking of the beauty of simplicity, alone, is worth the price of entry.

As you may have guessed, I am a sucker for this form, so here's something I'd like to share with you all.

Incidentally, Anwar learnt to perfect his poetry under the islaah of two great poets of our lifetime and both tremendous favourites of mine: the simplicity loving Masood Tabish (arsh-o-kürsee zaraa sambhal jaaén / pardah ek darmiyaañ say uTh'ta hae) and the incomparable Sirajuddin Zafar (jee chaahta hae bazm meñ ek sham'a-roo ke saath / tasveeré bayqaraarié parvaanah khayñchiyay)

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Anonymous sidhusaaheb said...

'Shaoor' tum ne khuda jaane kya kiya hoga
Zaraa si baat ke afsaane thoRi hotay hain


17 March, 2008 07:10

OpenID kinkminos said...

being proud to count myself amongst shaur bhai's friends, i'm happy to see his talents being acknowledged out in the english-speaking blogosphere.
shukran, zak mian.

22 March, 2008 13:48


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