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Nushoor Wahedi Remembered
|The poet said:
Zamana yaad karey ya saba karey khamosh
Hom ek charagh-e mohabbat jalai jatey hain
The Time may save or the Breeze may kill
I’ve lit a flame o’love, it’s my will
The flame fondled by Nushoor Wahedi for decades in Kanpur kindles still. Al Qazi, a literary and cultural organization in the city organized a seminar and a mushaira in his memory on January 5 on the 18th death anniversary of Nushoor Wahedi. The programme was held in Maulana Mohammed Ali Inter College.
Nushoor Wahedi hailed from Sheikpur, Ballia, UP. After completing his traditional education in Allahabad he came to Kanpur in 1930 to settle there permanently and breathed his last in his adopted home on January 4, 1983. He started his career as a teacher in Madrasah Zia-ul-Uloom and retired from Haleem Muslim College in 1972. He was as a poet in mid 1930s and gained popularity in mushairas. He made experiments with all forms of poetry and being a sufi in his belief and behaviour marched along with time. Sahba-i-Hind the first collection of his poems was published in 1939 followed by about a dozen collections and three books on mysticism and Islamic and Indian philosophy.
He had a wide circle of friends and admirers. He was highly acclaimed in mushairas. His able son Niaz Wahedi brought out a couple of his collections after his demise and still working on a manuscript of the ‘History of Bengal’ a translation from Persian.
Al Qazi is keeping the lamp of love lit by Nushoor Wahedi alive.