Radio Kashmir organizes Mulaqaat with Prof Rehman Rahi

‘HE HAS MADE IMMENSE CONTRIBUTION TO KASHMIRI POETRY’

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Jan 3: Radio Kashmir organized a special function on Thursday to felicitate noted Kashmiri poet and writer Gyanpeeth awardee Prof Rehman Rahi.
During the function ‘Mulaqaat’, Rahi recalled his journey into the field of poetry. “A poet should have fire to give language to his experiences and feelings,” Rahi said.
Rahi said he was born in a modest locality in Shaher-e-Khaas. “I was adopted by my uncle and I used to live in his house at Rajouri Kadal. In the locality, many known families including Mirwaiz family used to live there. Mirwaiz Muhammad Yousuf Shah was one of my mentors. Many mehfils including sufiana music were held in our locality. I used to participate in these mehfils and gradually started to find meaning of these songs. In this process, I started to write poetry and never looked back,” Rahi said.
Rahi said after joining SP College before the partition in 1947, he wrote poetry for college magazine.
“My poetry was adjudged best however I insisted my name at that time should not be made public. After many years, I wrote a letter to then general secretary of National Conference Maulana Masoodi. My joys knew no bounds when Maulana Masoodi was impressed by my letter and he instantly offered me as sub-editorship of Khidmat newspaper. I performed the job for many years,” he said.
Rahi said later he was appointed at Amar Singh College and served there for nine consecutive years.
“This was golden period of my life. During my tenure at the College, I accomplished many of my poetry works. Subsequently I was appointed as head of Urdu-Persian department at Kashmir University. I was instrumental in establishment of Kashmiri department,” he said.
Earlier, the Deputy Director General Radio Kashmir, Bashir Arif, hailed Rehman Rahi for his immense contribution to Kashmiri poetry.
“I have seen how Gyanpeeth awardees outside the state are honoured and given respect. In Kashmir, we respect and highlight achievements of a person after his death. We have broken this tradition and we will make all efforts to felicitate the persons who have contributed in various fields including literature,” Bashir Arif said. 
Satist Vimal organiser of the function said Radio Kashmir would be hoisting more litterateurs in the near future under “Meet the eminent” series.
Head of Department, Kashmir University, Majrooh Rashid, presented a paper on Rehman Rahi’s nazms while Prof. Shad Ramzan presented his views on Rahi’s ghazal. This was followed by an interactive segment where in the audience posed questions to Rahi about his life and works.
Noted Kashmiri singer Munir Ahmad Mir sang couplets from Rahi’s poetry. The function was anchored by Ashfaq Lone.
Earlier DDG Radio Kashmir Bashir Arif chaired a meeting of the prominent citizens, journalists,
artists, scientists to seek their suggestions for improving the programmes of the Station. This meeting was chaired by Prof Rehman Rahi.
Among others, DDG Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar Qayoom Wadera, programme executives Nisar Naseem and Syed Humayan Qaiser former station heads Radio Kashmir Srinagar Chaudhary Ghulam Hassan Zia, Salamudin Bajad were present.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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