Remembering Ahmed Faraz On His Sixth Death Anniversary
Sometimes a poet for romantic adolescents, sometimes hailing revolution, while at other times, wrapped in nostalgia. This was the great Ahmed Faraz who left the world six years ago yet has remained alive in the Urdu literary scene through the power of his words.
Faraz often talked about the breakdown in relationships in his poetry but the echo of his verses in literary circles shows that his relationship with his readers will never cease to be.
It is an artistic coincidence that while today marks his death anniversary it was the very day when his first poetry collection was published in the 1960s.
Faraz went to Edward College Peshawar and Peshawar University and was pursuing his Bachelors when his first collection Tanha Tanha was published.
Inspired by Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Ali Sardar Jaffri from the Progressive Movement Ahmed Faraz began his career as a script writer for Radio Pakistan and later became an Urdu teacher at Peshawar University.
When he raised his voice against the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq he was exiled for six years which he spent in London Canada and other European states. Later however he was awarded with Hilalee-Imtiaz in 2004 for his literary services.
From 1950 to 2008 Ahmed Faraz received many accolades and praises internationally and locally. He received six foreign awards for his literary contribution.
14 of his poetry collections were published during his literary journey out of which Pas Andaaz Mausam, Sab Awazain Meri Hain, Khuwab Gul Pareshaan Hain, Janan Janan and Ghazal Bahana Karon are famous.
Ahmed Faraz is often compared with some of the greatest Urdu poets like Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his works have been translated into many languages including English, French, Hindi, Russian, German and Punjabi.
Six years ago on August 25, 2008 Ahmed Faraz passed away due to kidney failure. He might be physically absent today but his poetry his words and verses will remain alive forever.