Celebrating 100 yrs of Kaifi today
Mumbai: The birth centenary of one of India’s best known Urdu poets Kaifi Azmi will be celebrated on January14. The mild mannered gentleman lit the fire of revolution through poems like ‘Aurat and ‘Makaan’, advocating gender equality in the subservient 1940s.
His led the Progressive Writers’ Movement and joined the Communist Party in 1943, holding his card like a badge of honour. The subcontinent remains mesmerised by his songs in films like ‘Haqeeqat’, ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Hanste Zakhm’, ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ and ‘Arth’. ‘Heer Ranjha’ remains the only film whose dialogue is in verse. He won Filmfare best screenplay and dialogue for 'Garm Hava', the landmark 1973 film on Partition.
His daughter Shabana Azmi has organised a series of 21 events and is releasing 100 limited edition pens given his love for MontBlanc fountain pens. Kaifi is laid to rest at the Four Bungalows Muslim Qabrastan in Andheri.