Firaq Gorakhpuri's birth anniversary: The Legendary Urdu poet who touched the souls of millions!
Firaq Gorakhpuri 124th birth anniversary: Kavishala remembers and celebrates the Padma Bhushan awardee along with his Urdu couplets on love and life that are still liked by million people :
ek muddat se tirī yaad bhī aa.ī na hameñ
aur ham bhuul ga.e hoñ tujhe aisā bhī nahīñ
bahut pahle se un qadmoñ kī aahaT jaan lete haiñ
tujhe ai zindagī ham duur se pahchān lete haiñ
koī samjhe to ek baat kahūñ
ishq taufīq hai gunāh nahīñ
Popularly known to be at par with Ghalib and Meer, the most remarkable Urdu poet Firaq Gorakhpuri’s 124th birth anniversary is cherished by Kavishala.
He was born on August 28, 1896, in Banwarpar village under the Gola Block of Gorakhpur. Firaq Gorakhpuri is the pen title given to Raghupati Sahay who gave Urdu literature some of the immortal creations and raised up to become an inspiration to a hundred writers, poets, and freedom fighters.
Being a master in three languages, Firaq’s soul resides in the heart of civilians at Gorakhpur and he is yet remembered not only for his contributions to Literature but also to the Indian freedom struggles.
He was also one of the close friends of former prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Then and there Firaq’s residence Laxmi Nivas was converted to Saraswati Shishu Mandir, a junior high school managed by RSS since 1980.
Here's a fact that would catch your attention that In 1920 during the non-cooperation movement led and called upon by Mahatma Gandhi, Firaq dropped off from his job as a PCS officer of British India. He was punished into jail and even served 18 months in jail while the freedom movement took place. He had sacrificed in his life a lot and was a source of great inspiration for the people who are building a career as full-time writers.
Despite that, his couplets spread instill love, and the thriving of patriotism, he wrote to honor the country and mystic claims that there is no match of his stature in Urdu poetry. Check out some of his wonderful sher on love and life that are loved so mush:
1.“maut kā bhī ilaaj ho shāyad
zindagī kā koī ilaaj nahīñ”
Meaning: For death a cure there well maybe
But for this life no remedy
2.“tum muḳhātib bhī ho qarīb bhī ho
tum ko dekheñ ki tum se baat kareñ”
Meaning: Close to me you are there
should I speak or should I stare/see
3.“koī samjhe to ek baat kahūñ
ishq taufīq hai gunāh nahīñ”
Meaning: If someone were to listen, one thing I will opine
Love is not a crime forsooth it is grace divine
4.“na koī va.ada na koī yaqīñ na koī umiid
magar hameñ to tirā intizār karnā thā”
Meaning: No promise, surety, nor any hope was due
Yet I had little choice but to wait for you
Hope you grab a lot of inspiration and good motives in life from his story :)