Remembering Parveen Shakir and Munir Niazi

Posted on December 26, 2009
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Adil Najam

Today, December 26, marks the death anniversaries of both Parveen Shakir and Munir Niazi. Two great voices in Pakistani poetry.

In idiom, in metaphor and in demeanor they were were different poets. But both were voices of defiance whose metaphor was romanticism but whose subject were the harsh (talkh is a much more expressive word) realities of life. There are a number of reviews of the poetic legacies of both at ATP and I hope you will read them:

Munir Niazi: here, here, and here;
Parveen Shakir
: here, here and here.

For now, let me only leave you with a video rendition of each… something to remember them with on this day (first video is of Parveen Shakir, and the second of Munir Niazi). Other great works by both are included in the posts mentioned above.

15 Comments on “Remembering Parveen Shakir and Munir Niazi”

  1. Bushra says:
    December 26th, 2009 5:33 am

    uss nay khosboo ki tarah meri pazeerai ki

    Parveen Shakir is the greatest female poet Pakistan has produced.

  2. Junaid says:
    December 26th, 2009 8:28 am

    Two great poets whose poetry will live on after them.

  3. Faheem says:
    December 26th, 2009 10:10 am

    Thank you for this timely reminder.

    I spent the last half hour rekindling my memories of these two great poets.

    I still think that Munir Niazi’s “hamaisha daer kar daita houn mein” is one of the greatest poems in Urdu

  4. Yaqoob says:
    December 26th, 2009 2:43 pm

    It is actually quite amazing that we have had such a great legacy of poets in Pakistan. I only wonder whether we have a new generation of Parveen Shakirs and Munir Niazis in the country.

  5. Daanish says:
    December 26th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Thanks for a timely celebration of these two great poets, their voices make us proud to be Pakistani: land of great poets .

  6. Omar Jamil says:
    December 27th, 2009 1:41 am

    Crisis always produces the best intellect in human creativity-to give us hope in our hour of need.Uplifts our spirits and makes us ready to combat .

  7. Saba Ali says:
    December 27th, 2009 2:30 am

    I know some people will not like my saying so, but I think that Munir Niazi was one of the most under-appreciated Pakistani poet and Parveen Shakir one of the most over-appreciated.

  8. December 27th, 2009 5:01 am

    Though a good post, I feel there are some poets who are being remembered too often while a host of other good voices have been simply neglected.

    From Ahsan Danish to Ubaidullah Aleem, there is a long list of great Urdu poets and you shouldn’t stop at Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Parvin Shakri, Majeed Amjad, Munir Niazi and of course, the usual stable of Iqbal and Faiz (or Ghalib).

    If Ghalib, then why not Zauq or Momin or even Jigar and Josh, Adam and Firaq, Majaz and Wamiq, Makhdoom and NM Rashid.

  9. December 27th, 2009 5:03 am

    Please ignore the spelling mistakes…Parvin Shakir and ‘staple’..

  10. ZAHEERANA says:
    December 27th, 2009 10:21 am

    Thank you very much for reminding us the two great poets of Pakistan during the last 50 years. We need to emphasize their contributions in shaping up the cultural diversity of our nation – and confront the extremist tendencies unleashed since the draconian Gen. Zia era of 11 long years.

  11. Majid says:
    December 27th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Waqt se koi shikayat hai na aflak se hai
    Yahi kya kam hai keh nisbat mujhe is khak se hai

    could not listen to such a beautiful words for Pakistan in past particularly from a mouth of a bureaucrat.

  12. Dilawar says:
    December 27th, 2009 10:16 pm

    Thank you for the rememberance. Seems everyones anniversary comes at this point. BB too.

  13. December 28th, 2009 9:48 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “its sad that the media remembered Munir Niazi but i dint see anyone talking about Parveen Shakir. So much of naming roads to the credits of thse people and just forgetting them. eh!”
    - “I don’t think people can forget Perveen Shakir …..and her Poetry….woh to koo ba koo ….pheli huiy hain….khushbu ki terah”
    - ”em big fan of MUNIR Niazi’s poetry…a worthy poet of Pakistan..”
    - “Bohat aala kalam hai Parveen Shakis sahiba ka.”
    - “Waqt se koi shikayat hai na aflak se hai
    Yahi kya kam hai keh nisbat mujhe is khak se hai
    could not listen to such a beautiful words for Pakistan in past particularly from a mouth of a bureaucrat.”

  14. Mahmood chaudhry says:
    January 15th, 2010 2:24 am

    Late Perveen shakir is a Legend. Allah bless her. Ameen

  15. sabah says:
    April 10th, 2011 4:01 am

    i am looking for a poem/ghazal by Munir Niazi Sb.
    Usko mainay dekha tha !!
    could anyone one tell me , where i can find it, or if u have plz share

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