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Published in the 16-30 Jun 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Rich tributes paid to Kaifi on 2nd death anniversary

Kaifi AzmiLucknow: Kaifi Azmi Academy organised a seminar at Rai Uma Nath Bali auditorium here on the occasion of the noted Urdu poet’s second death anniversary on 11 May. Prof. Mahmoodul Hasan of Lucknow University presided over the seminar. Prof Roop Rekha Varma, former VC of Lucknow University, Vilayat Jaffery, Sabira Habeeb, Basheshar Pradeep and other litterateurs participated in the seminar. Yusuf Saraswi said that Kaifi was a very active person and he took great interest in constructive work. Sabira Habeeb said that Kaifi’s poems were popular but his ghazals did not receive much publicity and therefore they should be compiled and publicised now.

Basheshar Pradeep said that Kaifi Saheb would always be remembered for his poetry. He recited some couplets from his poetry and said that he did a lot of work for his home village Mijwan. Prof Roop Rekha Verma said that it was our social responsibility to remember him because he dreamt of a society where everyone should be treated respectfully. She regretted that today people’s self-respect was being humiliated and people were being asked to prove their loyalty to the country. She said that those who have formed ‘Vajpayee Himayat Committee’ were working against Kaifi’s principles.

His death anniversary was also celebrated in his home village Mijwan in Azamgarh district and some other places. At Fateh Manzil in Mijawan hundreds of people paid him rich tributes. Things used by him in his daily life were on display there.

— MG News Desk.

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