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Tribute paid to Sahir

LAHORE: The Progressive Writers Association arranged a ceremony at the Open Air Theatre in Bagh-i-Jinnah on Friday to mark 89th birth anniversary of poet Sahir Ludhianvi.

A seminar and a musical evening were also part of the event, where speakers paid a tribute to the late poet for his romantic and revolutionary poetry.

Progressive Writers Association Secretary-General Abid Husain Abid said the poet raised voice against social injustice and feudalism through his verses.

He said though Sahir’s poetry carried a powerful element of romanticism, one would also find revolutionary element in it. Through his poetry, he raised voice for the poor and the downtrodden.

Abid said when compliments were being paid to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for Taj Mahal, which he built in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Sahir looked at it as mockery of the poor.

Comrade Shafiq paid a tribute to Sahir and read one of his poems.

Journalist Hameed Akhtar paid a tribute to the poet for being a guiding force for progressive writers.

Writer Shahzad Nayyar said Sahir’s works provided one with the vision and in-depth understanding of life. He said Sahir wanted a positive change in society, and he always upheld this cause in his works.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/13/2010