Urdu poet Syed Mohammad Ali Mauj Rampuri passed away in his hometown after a brief illness. Mauj had been a favorite mushaira poet. With his beautiful voice and sophisticated humor, he knew the art of keeping audience engaged. He visited USA a few years back and participated in a series of Aligarh Alumni Association mushaeras. Following are a few examples of his poetry:
DosatoN jaaN sey jaata kaun haey
Ishq ho jaata haey, karta kaun haey
Is peY machleiN haiN ki batlaey koi
Ishq hota haey, to hota kiyoN haey (Zafar Iqbal)
Urdu poet Aziz Baghrawi died at Delhi on 28 October at the age of 75. He was buried at the Delhi Gate graveyard. He retired as a teacher of English at the Anglo-Arabic Sr Secondary School and ever since devoted himself fully to poetry and literature. He edited Nai Naslain and Peshraft. Collections of his poetry include Jihad-e Harf (1988), Qindil-e Haram (2001), Taqdis-e Nahr (2002), some of which won awards. His other works include Namoos-e Qalam (1993) and Hurmat-e Fan (1998). Dr Zeenatullah Jawed studied his personality and poetry in Fan aur shakhsiyat. Baghrawi was one of the tallest pillars of Tahrik-e Adab-e Islami Hind, Jamaat-e Islami Hind’s literary arm.
Senior journalist of Burdwan and famous lawyer of Asansol Court, Mirza Anees Baig died of heart attack on 24 October. He was a patient of diabetes. His condition became serious one day before his death and he was admitted to a local nursing home where he died. He was associated with journalism for the past two decades. He was also regularly publishing a weekly ‘Asansol Observer’.
Mohammad Mian Kishwar Usmani, Urdu poet and English lecturer in Hewit Muslim Inter College died in Moradabad on 26 October at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters. He was an author of 3 books which are poetic collections including ‘Aap’ which is based on ‘Naatiya’ poetry and life of the Prophet (SAW).
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