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Shabana, Sisodia remember life and times of Kaifi Azmi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The year-long celebrations of Kaifi Azmis began on Tuesday with a seminar on him here, with his daughter and Azmi, poet-lyricist and Delhi Deputy Chief remembering and his rich output.

"When we remember Kaifi Azmi, we remember the movement of progressive writers who said that art is a medium of social change and justice. The time was such when the wrote, it had a motive. He was connected to the public, and to life. He used his pen for the betterment of society's betterment," said during her brief speech at seminar "Jashn-e-Kaifi".

It was organised by Urdu Academy, Department of Art, Culture and Languages of the at the Triveni Kala Sangam here.

The noted also invoked the contributions of writers contemporaneous to Kaifi, some being Ali Sardar Jafri, (Javed Akhtar's father), Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Shailendra.

"The circumstances we see today, it's important we remember these people again. As a father, I've taken Kaifi sahab for granted, just like children do, but as a 'shayar', his many poems inspire me. Despite being written 70 years ago, Kaifi wrote of women's equality."

Sisodia, who handles the art, culture and languages portfolio, also remembered the timeless "Kar Chale Hum Fida" and spoke of the bigger role artists have in society.

"Artistes and art-culture events should be part of a bigger script. When society surrenders to crime, bullying, mercilessness and power, then the and 'shayar' challenges its self-respect," the said.

"The gives voice to the society's struggle, which then resonates and becomes society's own. The writer triggers and supports the voice until it becomes a movement and people take to the streets," he added.

Sisodia also recalled the role of writers from the time of India's independence, and even after it, "whenever governments went unchecked".

The event saw the presentation of eight Urdu papers being presented on Kaifi Azmi, and Sisodia proposed their compilation and dissemination in schools, universities and language departments.

Part of the celebrations, the famous play "Kaifi Aur Main" -- written by -- which narrates his life and times, will be staged on Wednesday at the Kamani Auditorium here on Wednesday evening. Entry is free.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:40 IST
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