Poet Farooq Nazki dies at 83
The veteran journalist Farooq Nazki, renowned for his literary contributions and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, passed away due to a heart attack at a hospital in Katra.
CHALO EK BAR PHIR SAY AHD KAR LAIN MUSKURANAY KA,
NA TUM HALAAT KI BEMEHRION KA TAZKIRA KARNA,
NA MAIN POSSHEEDA ZAKHMOON KO ZAMAANE PAR AYAAN KAR LUUN…”
This is a beautiful verse from the late Urdu poet Farooq Nazki. He wrote this in his book Mehjabeen, published in 1996.
Nazki hadn’t been feeling well for several years and had moved to Jammu to live with his son. He was survived by his wife, son and two daughters. He had been dealing with a variety of health issues, including lung and kidney problems for several years. He passed away on Monday night due to a heart attack at the age of 83.
In light of our condolences, it’s worth acknowledging his substantial contributions to both society and culture.
Farooq Nazki was a versatile and influential figure who had a long-lasting impact on the Kashmiri media and literary landscape. He was the son of Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki, a well-known Kashmiri poet. Farooq Nazki was renowned for his romantic poetry. His use of language, wit and sense of humour won over everyone he met.
Nazki started his career as a broadcaster and writer for Radio Kashmir. From 1986 to 1997 he was the director of Doordarshan and AIR Srinagar.
He was an avid writer who served as Editor of “Daily Mazdoor” in 1960, which was a reflection of the times, addressing issues of the working class.
“Naar Hyutun Kanzal Wanas” (fire in the Eyelashes) is the title of his collection of poetry books. Which in 1995 won the Sahitya Akademi award in Kashmiri language literature.
He also worked as a media advisor for two Chief Ministers, Farooq Abdullah (1983 and 1990-2002), and Omar Abdullah (2010).
According to him, his poetry is an intimate response to the events that surround him, rather than a collection of ideas or the bare truth.
Here is a notable work of his on poems.
Naar Hyutun Kanzal Wanas (Fire in the Eyelashes): This collection of Kashmiri poems earned him the Sahitya Akademi award in 1995. The poems express his deep love for his homeland as well as his grief over the chaos and violence that affected it.
Masnavi Mehjabeen: This long narrative poem in Urdu tells the story of Mehjabeen, a lovely and ethical woman who marries a cruel and authoritarian ruler. The poem criticizes tyranny and injustice while also celebrating the power of love and faith.
Kashmiri Dastkariyan is a narrative book in Hindi that documents Kashmir’s many different crafts and arts, such as carpet weaving, paper mache, wood carving and shawl making.
Lafz Lafz Noha: This is another collection of Kashmiri poems that earned him the State Cultural Academy Award. The poems, which convey his anguish and sorrow over the loss of life and culture in Kashmir, are elegiac and melancholic.
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1. Who is Farooq Nazki?
A. Farooq Nazki was a renowned Kashmiri poet, writer, and broadcaster who made significant contributions to literature and media in the region. He was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award for his literary work.
2. What were Farooq Nazki’s major literary accomplishments?
A. Farooq Nazki was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995 for his collection of Kashmiri poems titled “Naar Hyutun Kanzal Wanas” (Fire in the Eyelashes). He also gained recognition for his Urdu narrative poem “Masnavi Mehjabeen” and his documentation of Kashmiri crafts in “Kashmiri Dastkariyan.”
3. What roles did Farooq Nazki hold in Kashmir’s media and literary spheres?
A. Nazki served as the director of Doordarshan and AIR Srinagar and worked as an editor for “Daily Mazdoor.” He also provided media advisory services to Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, contributing significantly to the development of broadcasting and public discourse in Kashmir.