Eighteenth century Dehlavi Urdu
poet Meer Taqi Meer (Mir Taqi Mir) was remembered and his contribution to Urdu
language was discussed at the India Community Center in Milpitas on September
7, in a program aptly dubbed Naqsh-e-Meer.
How was the program
appropriately named? Hamida Banu Chopra,
Bay Area Urdu teacher and chief organizer of the program, explained why Meer is
called Khuda-e-sukhan by Urdu lovers.
Meer is held in high esteem for the words and expressions he gave to the
Urdu language. When Meer started writing
poetry in Rekhta (nascent Urdu), very few wrote in that new language. He was the one who took expressions and
similes from Farsi and either used them as such, or altered them to fit in his
Urdu verses. For increasing the Urdu
vocabulary considerably, and giving later poets and writers a bigger space to
write in, Meer Taqi Meer is known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of language/poetry) by
Urdu connoisseurs. Today's Urdu is in
fact Naqsh-e-Meer (Meer's footprint/stamp).
Besides Hamida Chopra, Suhail
Farrukh, Jafar Shah, Sujata Roashan, Ravi Khurshid, Atiya Hai, Arshad Rashid,
Saleem Malik, Ashraf Habibullah, and Dipti Bhatnagar read and sang Meer's
poetry in the program attended by over one hundred people.
In all the readings, of special
note was Ashraf Habibullah's tribute to Meer Taqi Meer.
The moment Habibullah stepped on the stage,
there was light, literally…because Habibullah came donned in a jacket studded
with LEDs that blinked and spelled his name on the back.
Meer must have tossed and turned violently in
his grave learning his poetry was read in this fashion.
Seeing Habibullah make people laugh off their
chairs it was hard to believe Ashraf Habibullah heads an internationally
renowned Berkeley firm that makes software for strength analysis of buildings
Video highlights of the program
Listen to complete audio
recording of Naqsh-e-Meer program here:
نقش میر میں
سہیل طالب، جعفر شاہ، سجاتا چوہان، روی خورشید، عطیہ حءی، ارشد عزیز، سلیم ملک، اشرف
حبیب اللہ، اور دپتی بھٹناگر نے میر کی چنیدہ غزلیں اور اشعار پیش کیے اور میر کی شاعری
اور اپنے انداز بیاں پہ خوب داد حاصل کی۔ حمیدہ بانو چوپڑہ نے ایک مقالہ پڑھا اور حاضرین
کو بتایا کہ میر تقی میر کو خداءے سخن کیوں کہا جاتا ہے۔
मेरे तक़ी मेरे उर्दू शायरी
हमीदा बनो चोप्रा, सोहैल, जफ़र शाह, सुजाता, रवि खुर्शी,
अतिया हई, अरशद अज़ीज़,