Popular poet of Pakistan: Ahmed Faraz

by on September 26, 2012
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Popular poet of Pakistan Ahmad Faraz

Ahmed Faraz  is another shining star in the galaxy of famous Urdu poets of Pakistan. He was born as Syed Ahmed Shah on 12th January 1931 in Kohat a city in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawaprovince ofPakistan. Faraz did his masters in Urdu and Persian language fromPeshawarUniversity and was appointed a lecturer in the same place.

Popular poet of Pakistan Faraz showed promising signs of a great poet from an early age. He grew up idolizing the progressive writers Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Ali Sardar Jafri and used his poetry as a medium to express his rebellion against oppression. He was also a member of the Progressive Writers Movement. Instead of merely entertaining people with his romantic ghazals, he used his verses to fight for the common man.  Faraz was very vocal against the dictatorship of the military leader Zia-ul-Haq and was arrested for reciting a poetry that criticized his regime. Faraz then went into self exile and for six years stayed inCanada,Englandand other European countries before finally returning toPakistan. On his return he accepted the post of the Chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters and later remained associated with the National Book Foundation as a Managing Director. Faraz also actively participated in protest rallies against General Pervez Musharraf in 2007 demanding him to restore democracy.

Faraz’s poetry is not all about resistance, revolution and motivation; it contains some finer elements of human nature as well. His romantic ghazals are very popular and have been rendered beautifully by seasoned singers. His “simple but inspiring” writing style is admired by all those who enjoy Urdu poetry.Pakistan’s highest civil awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-  Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Pakistan have been conferred on him by the government.

Ahmed Faraz left us for his eternal abode on 25th August 2008 but has left behind a legacy of verses that have immortalized him. 

Famous and revolutionary poet of Pakistan: Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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Famous revolutionary poet of Pakistan Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Sailkot a city in the provinceof Punjab Pakistan enjoys the honor of being the hometown of two of the greatest poets of the Urdu language; Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Famous poet of Pakistan Faiz was born on 13th Feburary 1911 in an educated family. He received his early education in his hometown and later went to Lahore for further education. From the very beginning he showed an interest in languages and his exceptional talent made people take him seriously from a very early age. He joined the MAO College Aligarh as a lecturer; however his literary activities soon saw him as a member of the Progressive Writers Movement. It is said that during the time he was doing his Masters, he was introduced to and influenced by communist ideas and he became a member of the communist party.

In 1942, Faiz got commission in the British Indian Army and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1944. He was among the few commissioned officers who preferred to join the newly established state Pakistan. The war with India over Kashmir made him leave the army and he started giving his undivided attention to his writing. Faiz became the editor of Pakistan Times. Faiz was imprisoned on several occasions but the confinement in prison only brought out the best in him as two of his masterpieces Dast-e-Saba and Zindan-Nama were written during his time in jail. Faiz was a dedicated communist and this was the reason he was often in the bad books of the Pakistani governments.

Faiz’s early  poetry was based on love and longings of a lover but later on the bitter sweet experiences in life made subjugation and oppression the subject of his poetry. He expressed human suffering and disillusion beautifully in his poems. Some of his poems are soft and romantic as well. Faiz’s poetry  inspires the common man to rise against the injustice. Faiz was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the Russian government and Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistani government. He has also won the Nigar Award and the  Lotus Award for Literature for his outstanding work. Faiz passed away on 20th November 1984.

The invaluable contribution of Faiz has immortalized his name and he will always be remembered as a great poet.