Celebrating Faiz in London PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:42
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By Zehra Naqvi 


In these politically turbulent times when every attempt at speaking freely comes with a feeling of dread, a tinge of fear for ones own wellbeing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem Bol stands as a tribute to expression. Faiz expressed himself with fearless abandon, in person he was humble and soft spoken but in ink his words were insightful and brutally honest which even resulted in his imprisonment. His less political works are full of simple but powerful imagery, encapsulating feelings of love and loss.



Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s centennial birthday is being celebrated in London on 11th June 2011 at Friends House in central London and guests include Zia Mohyeddin, Javed Akhtar, Salman Alvi, Tariq Ali and Faiz's daughters: Moneeza and Salima Hashmi. The event will end with a performance by Laal, a Pakistani band. The programme is below.


One of my favourite couplet is a short soothing ode to fond memories:


Raat yun dil mei teri khoi hui yaad aai
Jaisay Wairanay mei chupke se bahar aa jaye
Jaisay Sehraon mei hollay sy chalay baad-e naseem
Jaisy bimar ko be waja qarar aa jaye




Last night, your lost memories crept into my heart

As spring arrives secretly into a barren garden

As a cool morning breeze blows slowly in a desert

As a sick person feels well, for no reason.


Programme  (11th June 2011):


Session 1: Merey Dil Merey Musafir 2.00pm-4.00pm




Welcome address


Salima Hashmi & Moneeza Hashmi - Mela opening


Our journey to success: Organisers’ report


Address by media partner GEO


Sardar Mazhar Ali Khan’s reminiscences


Zia Mohyeddin recites Faiz's poems


Talk by IA Rehman


Talk by Abid Hassan Minto


Drama - DEAR HEART (Sam Lathem & group)


Session 2: Koo-ay-Yaar Say Soo-ay-Dar 4.30pm-6.00pm


Zia Mohyeddin – Meray Faiz Saheb


Iftikhar Arif – Kuchch Yaden Kuchch Batein


Zehra Nigah’s reminiscences


Classical / contemporary dance by Tehreema Mitha


Session 3: Gulon Mein Rung Bharay 7.00pm-10.00pm


Talk by Tariq Ali


Address by Tony Benn


Radhika Chopra sings Faiz


Salman Alvi sings Faiz


LAAL band sings Faiz


Closing by Organising committee


For more details visit the website http://www.faizcentenary.com/

Or find the event on face book http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171555842899405

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:51

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