Gulzar responds to Javed Akhtar's poem on speaking up in 'dark times': You are not alone

Gulzar responded to Javed Akhtar's new poem, which he had performed for the first time at the 53rd Shankar-Shad Mushaira.

FP Staff March 23, 2019 17:43:46 IST
Gulzar responds to Javed Akhtar's poem on speaking up in 'dark times': You are not alone

Javed Akhtar had recently performed a new poem for the first time in public at Urdu poetry festival, Shankar-Shad Mushaira, held in New Delhi on 16 March. In his poem, Akhtar urged writers to be more vocal, especially in the current day and age. "Jo baat kehte darte hain sab, tu woh baat likh/Itni andheri thhi na kabhi pehle raat, likh," which translates to "To speak of that which everyone is fearful, of that you must write/The night was never so dark ever before, write!" Gulzar responded with a short poem, which acknowledges and show solidarity to what Akhtar spoke about, writes Scroll.in.

Gulzar responds to Javed Akhtars poem on speaking up in dark times You are not alone

Gulzar. Image from Facebook

Javed Akhtar ke Naam
Jadu, bayaan tumhara, aur pukaar sunii hai
Tum “ekla” nahi, hum ne woh lalkaar sunii hai

Boli lagi thhii kal, ke singhasan bikau thhe
Nilaam hoti kal, sar-e-bazar sunii thhi

Tum ne bhi khoon-e-dil mein duboii hain ungliyan
Hum ne qalam ki pehle bhi jhankar sunii hai

The poem translates from Urdu by Rakshanda Jalil reads:

For Javed Akhtar
Jadu, we have heard your call
You are not alone, we have heeded that challenge

A price was set yesterday, several thrones were up for sale
We heard an auction take place in the market yesterday

You too have dipped your fingers in your heart’s blood
We have heard the clangour of the pen earlier too

 

Updated Date:

also read

BAFTA decides to remove special awards segment at 2021 ceremony after Noel Clarke controversy
Entertainment

BAFTA decides to remove special awards segment at 2021 ceremony after Noel Clarke controversy

The BAFTAs, scheduled to be held on 6 June, will not feature the usual Fellowship Prize and Special Award categories

Shefali Shah resumes shooting for web series Human days after Maharashtra govt eases COVID-19 protocols
Entertainment

Shefali Shah resumes shooting for web series Human days after Maharashtra govt eases COVID-19 protocols

Human, which went on floors in January this year, revolves around the underbelly of human drug testing and the world of medical scam.

Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to California approved; movie mogul to face additional sexual assault charges
Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to California approved; movie mogul to face additional sexual assault charges

The judge said there was no reason to delay Harvey Weinstein’s transfer any longer, denying his lawyer’s request to keep him at a state prison near Buffalo.