The kernel of West Bengal is its blathering bengali lips but Bengal seems to be honouring accolades more to urdu poets than bengali ones. Urdu, all of a sudden, is in the air. ‘Maa Mati Manus‘ fabricator Ms.Banerjee’s passion for urdu, albeit was revealed way back but this burgeoning passion would now earn what it has deserved for a long time.
Muhammad Ikbal, eminent urdu poet, will be posthumously bestowed with ‘Tarana-e-hind award’ for his beautifully composed song for India- ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha’.Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee would do this honour next week. Sir Muhammad Ikbal or Allama Ikbal is one of the well-known urdu poet who hails from Punjab. From Pakistan to Bangladesh and India to Srilanka, Muhammad’s essence of urdu is widespread. Amongst his best known Urdu works are Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim and a part of Armughan-e-Hijaz.
Iqbal’s grandson Waleed Iqbal has come all his way from Pakistan to collect the award at Nazrul Manch from the West Bengal government-run Urdu Academy.
Time to hold award in urdu-driven hands
Along with Muhammad, Ms. Banerjee too would be congratulated with ‘Pasban-e-urdu'(Defender of urdu). Not known to many yet, but Bengal”s CM has honed herself with Urdu literature, although her tongue clues for Bengali. In fact, not even her brother Ajit Banerjee was abreast of his ‘didi’s’ concealed tallent. Tamanna(voice of heart), penned down by Ms. Banerjee is an anthology of 109 shayris that was launched at the 39th Kolkata Book Fair.
Bengal, the land of poets, is anyways prevalent for nurturing prestigious poets, whether be it bengali or urdu.
By Prerna Daga