Cel­e­brat­ing 100 yrs of Kaifi to­day

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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