Thursday, January 21, 2016

URDU POET IFFTEKHAAR IMAM SIDDIQUI


                                                                       
           
IFFTEKHAR IMAM SIDDIQUI

Zindagi ke iss safar mein sainkadon Chehrey Millay
Dilkashi Unn ki Alagh Paikar Tera Apni Jagah ….
Tujh se Mil Kar Aanay waale Kal se Nafarat Moa’l li
Ab Kabhi tujh se na Bichhudoon Yeh Dua apni Jagah
…..
( Ifftekhar Imam Siddiqui )

He is Ifftekthar Imam Siddiqui. Urdu Poet , Journalist and writer. Presently confined to wheel chair/ Bed after he met with an accident . He lives in his single room flat on Grant Road in Central Mumbai.The man who edited oldest Urdu Literary Magazine SHAIR from Mumbai.

                                                                                 

Ifftekhar is the grandson of  well known urdu Poet Seemab Akbarabaadi who moved to Pakistan in 1948 but his son ( Ifftekhar’s father ) decided to stay in India and moved to Mumbai . The Family belongs to Agra where Ifftekhar was born . The ancestors of Seemab Akbarabaadi  migrated to India from BUKHAARA during the rule of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Apart from writing poetry Books ,Seemab has also  Translated Bhagwat Geeta( Krishna Geeta ) and  Holy Quran ("Wahi-e-Manzoom")into Urdu verses .

  Many Gazals of Seemab  Akbraabadi were  sung by late  K L Sehgal . I quote  couplets from one popular  Gazal:

“Ab kya bataoon main tere milnay se kya mila
Irfaan-e-gham hua mujhe, dil ka pata mila
Jab door tak na koi faqir aashna mila
Tera niyaaz-mand tere dar se ja mila
Ya zakham-e-dil ko cheer ke seene se phenk de
Ya aitraaf kar ki nishaan-e-wafa mila
“Seemab” ko shagufta na dekha tamam umar
Kambakht jab mila hamein gham-aashna mila”

SHAIR had its lovers in the subcontinent . The magazine had a large readership among urdu knowing Diaspora in Europe , USA and Canada. 

SHAIR was started by Seemab Akbarabaadi in 1930 initially from AGRA. The magazine was later edited from Bombay by Aijaaz Siddique son of seemab Akbarabaadi.Ifftekhar took over the editorship of the Magazine after the death of his father Aijaaz Siddiqui in 1951. For this , He moved to Mumbai permanently in 1951. His brothers Noaman Siddiqui and Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui assisted him in publication of SHAIR.It is now being published and managed by a Trust created by lovers of the magazine . Some couplets of Ifftekhar Imam Siddiqui are ……

(1)
Woh na hoga to kya kami hogi,
Bas adhoori si zindagi hogi;
Gham hi chaandi hai gham hi sona hai,
Gham na hoga to kya khushi hogi

(2)
Har Ek Din Udaas Din Tamaam Shab Udaasiyaan
Kissi Se Kyaa Bichhad Gaye Ki Jaise Kuchh Bachaa Nahin
Hai Shor-Saa Taraf Taraf Ki Sarhadon Ki Jang Mein
Zameen Pe Aadami Nahin Falak Pe Kyaa Khudaa Nahin

(3)
“ Iss Mein Koyee Shikavaa Na Shikaayat Na Gilaa Hai
Ye Bhi Koyee Khat Hai Ki Mohabbat Se Bharaa Hai
Chehare Mein Hai Aaiinaa Ki Aaiiney Mein Cheharaa
Maaloom Nahin Kaun Kisse Dekh Rahaa Hai”


( Autar Mota )



                    

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