Sudarshan Faakir, poet and lyricist whose ghazals and some nazms were sung by Begum Akhtar in her last phase and Jagjit Singh in his early phase in the 1970s and 1980s died on 19 Feb in Jalandhar. He will be remembered as one of the significant though minor poets of the language. In context of the language issue, it needs to be remarked that he belonged to the small and diminishing tribe of non- Muslim Urdu poets from East Punjab. Krishna Adeeb, who passed away couple of years back and Joginder Lal (known by his nome de plume Naqsh Lyallpuri) are others that come to mind. His compositions may not have been prolific, but each is remarkable for its profundity and perfection.
Pretty much a recluse, this is one of the very few interviews that one can find on the internet. I have heard that he was associated with the left- progressive circle around NK Joshi in the early 1970s in Jalandhar.
Newsreport about his passing away
One of my own favourites is a film song by Faakir Zindagi main jab tumhare gham nahin the. Another is the one by Begum Akhtar below.
Another ghazal sung by Mohammad Rafi:
This is a popular Jagjit Singh item Kagaz ki Kashti:
You can listen to a good collection here too.
Romanized text of some of Faakir’s poetry at Urdupoetry.
I am over at Pak Tea House
today, talking of an old
, eternal and beloved topic- the poetry of Mirza Ghalib.
Thanks to Raza for having me there- the tea house is a home of sorts having spent some of my best days during college in similar abodes. The Pak Tea House, of course, is in a different league altogether!
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