Remembering Rasool Pompur
The legacy he left is too profound to be forgotten too soon
MAY 8 - FIRST ANNIVERSARY BY IQBAL AHMAD
Syed Ghlum Rasool Pompur, (popularly known by his pen name Rasool Pompur) departed last year on this day. His memories are still fresh in the literary circles of the state. He was a noted researcher, critic, poet, story writer, and a celebrated author who had dedicated his entire life to the promotion of Kashmiri art culture and language.
Born in a reputed Peerzada dynasty of Hassenpura Bigbehara in 1940, he was brought up like other village lads and was taught Qur’anic and Persian at home. He got his formal education as per the order of the day and later on did his PG in Persian from Kashmir University. He was first appointed as stock Assistant in Sheep and Husbandry Department. But Pompuri sahib had no interest in his this more comfortable job, because Allah had created him for some other purpose. He from his childhood had got deep interest and passion in Kashmiri language and literature. He was very much inspired by the Sufi compositions of Lal Ded and Sheikh Ul Alam. The influence of these two legendary Sufi poets is very much found in the prose and poetry of Pompuri sahib.
Fortunately he later joined in Cultural Academy in 1967, which provided him a platform to demonstrate his literary pursuits. During that period Academy had a small office at Shad Ganj with a talented team comprising Moti Lal Kemu, Moti Lal Saqui. Muhammad Ahsan and Pompuri Sahib. They worked together and in the able guidance of Muhammad Yousuf Taing made this little office a prestigious institution which came to be known as Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art , Culture and Languages. Pompuri Sahib also founded the Maraaz Adbi Sangan which is a non political forum involved promotion of Kashmiri Language and Literature.
Although he started his literary career as a Kashmiri poet and composed several poetry collections. Ba gaw kithe (how can I sing?) was his first poetry collection which he composed in the year 1962. Safad Sanger and khunda are the other two famous collections of his poetry. The later won him the Jammu and Kashmir academy’s best book award in 1990. While continuing to enrich the Kashmiri poetry, Pompuri sahib also shifted towards the Kashmiri prose and wrote his first research book on Kashmiri literature titled Bawath te Alamath. This is a wonderful critical research done by any Kashmiri writer. It made him the author of international repute and qualified him to win the international award. He was selected for the Soviet land Nehru Award. It was a great prestige for any Kashmiri writer to win this great title. Pompuri Sahib also translated the Rajender Singh Bedi’s famous naval ek chader meli se and retilted it in Kashmiri as Pranewaar. For this work he received the best translation award from Sahitya Akademi. His another prose work Keh nete Keh also won the Sahitya Akademis best book Award.
Pompuri sahib did not remain confined to Kashmiri prose and poetry. He also wrote Urdu prose and composed several reputed works in urdu literature. Rishiyet Ayaam, wherein he composed a collection of Urdu essays won him the best Urdu book award. Pompuri sahib also wrote in English. More or less he has written about thirty books, dozens of monograms and hundreds of articles and other research papers in all the three languages, however he had deep love and passion for Kashmiri art , culture and language so he dedicated his most of literary career in cultivating the Kashmeri Adab
Since Pompuri Sahib has left and a year is over but his departure has shocked many of us. In him we have lost not only a great poet, but a wonderful human being. May his soul rest in peace.
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Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
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