What is literature: Firaq Gorakhpuri

Firaq Gorakhpuri

    Firaq Gorakhpuri, (real name Raghupati Sahay (28 August 1896 – 3 March 1982), was a writer, critic, and, according to one commentator, one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India. He established himself among peers including Muhammad Iqbal, Yagana Changezi, Jigar Moradabadi and Josh Malihabadi. He…

Aligarh Muslim University: मैं अपने चमन का बुलबुल हूँ …

Aligarh Muslim University

A documentary by Films Division of India The Aligarh Muslim University was established in 1920. The university was founded and nurtured by the philosopher and social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Produced by Films Division of India and directed by Istiaq Khan, this 1983 documentary presents a brief history of…

गुलज़ार: ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का

                  ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का आँखों को वीसा नहीं लगता, सपनों की सरहद कोई नहीं  

Freedom movement in Urdu poetry

Freedom movement, Simon Commission, Urdu poetry

तहरीक़े आज़ादी और उर्दू शायरी : One of NRIfm.com listeners has sent this extraordinary radio feature about how India’s freedom movement was reflected in Urdu shayari. Recording seems to begin half way. Courtesy AIR Urdu service. अब दौरे मसर्रत आने दो, क़ौमी परचम लहराने दो जाती है ग़ुलामी जाने दो,…

Hilal Fareed in Harrow Mushaira

Dr Hilal Fareed, one of the UK’s leading Urdu poets, recites his Ghazal at a Mushaira organised by Islamic Cultural Society of Harrow on Saturday 21 June 2014.  

Sir Sayed Ahmed Day in London

Sir Syed Foundation London and the  Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association (UK)  organised a penal discussion on Sir Syed Day Celebrations on Friday 18 October 2013. In this video Dr Hilal Fareed talks to three emminent historrians, Professor Francis Robinson (UK), Professor David Lelyveld (USA) and Professor Mushirul Hasan (India)…

Remembering Maulana Azad in London

Nehru Center in association with Indian Muslim Federation, UK organised a remarkable tribute to the freedom fighter, Congress leader and India’s first education minister, Maulana Azad. What came out so vividly was his unshaken faith in India’s inherent cultural unity and his deep commitment to secular values. Yet he was…

A rare interview and recitation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

NRIfm presents a rare tribute to one of Urdu’s greatest poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The programme was produced by BBC TV’s veteran journalist, now late Krishan Gould as a tribute to Faiz soon after his death in November 1984. It includes excerpts of a rare interview with Faiz in which…

A Tribute to Bollywood’s finest poet Sahir Ludhianvi

In this extraordinary tribute to Bollywood’s finest poet, Sahir Luahianvi (1921-1980), the veteran BBC journalist Raza Ali Abidi argues that Sahir created some of the finest imagery of  romance, patriotism, philosophy and devotion to god for many Bollywood films. His anti-establishment poetry gave voice to the weak and suppressed. He…

Mushaira Yaum-e- Mir Nehru Centre London

Dr Hilal Fareed Rasta bhi hai, mauqa bhi hai; Dekhen koi aata bhi hai…               Razi bakaram daste sitamgar bhi nahi tha, Varna to kisi haath me patthar bhi nahin tha.   Dr Gautam Sachdev Umra hai baras paaye na baadal mere man main…

Remembering Mir Taqi Mir: A presentation by Hilal Fareed

In 2006, the 283rd birth anniversary of one of the greatest of Urdu poets, Mir Taqi Mir was celebrated at London’s Nehru centre. Born in Agra in 1723, Mir was orphaned at the age of ten. He went through immense emotional and financial hardships in his life. In his loneliness, Mir…