Shaam Ka Pehla Taara(On cover)+ Title Zehra Nigah: Cheerfully Towards Eighty One (Sub-title) Urdu poetry is often appropriated to eulogize female beauty and grace. This notion about women has been reiterated by ghazal that literally translates to amatory conversation with women. In times when women were not encouraged as poets and were presented only as a subject of poetry, Zehra Nigah distinguished herself both as a poet and a woman and became, in turn, an inspiration for women. apna har andaaz aankhon ko tar-o-taza laga kitne din ke baad mujh ko aa’ina achchha laga jo dil ne kahi lab pe kahan aayi hai dekho ab mehfil-e-yaaraan mein bhi tanhaayi hai dekho koi hangama sar-e-bazm uthaya jaye kuch kiya jaye charaGon ko bujhaya jaye iss ummeed per roz charaG jalate hain aane waale barson baad bhi aate hain Zehra Nigah was a young petite girl when she first started to appear in mushairas. At her maiden mushaira, she shared the stage with many a legend including Jigar Moradabadi. Zehra has herself acknowledged at various occasions that it was Jigar who taught her the etiquettes of a mushaira. She fondly recalls an incident where Jigar had asked her not to bow down too humbly when accepting praise for her poetry, as women are above that: “sar ki KHafeef jumbish se bhi ye farz adaa kiya ja sakta hai.” Hawwa ki kahani Tumhein seb khaaney ki targheeb main ney naheen dee Wo genhoon ka daana meri dastras mein naheen thhaa Meri saanp sey dosti bhi naheen thhee Agar dosti thhee kisi se, wo tum they Agar koyi achchaa lagaa thha, wo tum they Zehra Nigah’s work is exemplary because she has been a voice of resistance against the atrocities of her times. Her hard hitting nazms still echo in our memories. Justifiably enough, they will continue to pass the message to the future generations. She once said in an interview, “A poet can never write poetry if s/he is not affected by his/her surroundings.” Main bach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Tere kachche khoon ki mehendi Mere por por mein rach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Gar mere naqsh ubhar aate Wo tab bhi lahu se bhar jaate Mera qad jo thoda sa badhta Mere baap ka qad chhota padta Meri chunni sar se dhalak jaati Mere bhai ki bagDi gir jaati Meri aankhein raushan ho jaati Tezaab ka surma lag jaata Satte watte mein bat jaati har khwab adhoore reh jaate teri lori sunne se pehle khud apni neend mein so gyi maan anjaan nagar se aayi thi anjaan nagar mein kho gyi maa main bach gayi maa Today on May 14, we celebrate the ever-graceful poet Zehra Nigah’s 81st birthday. A woman of substance, courage and resilience, she is an ideal example of how a woman may play different roles all through her life. She once expressed that life gave her the material for poetry in all its variety as a mother, observer, traveler and learner. Video of a London Mushaira https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7t3mm1h3Po Another video for consideration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSnawcBzwUw

Shaam Ka Pehla Taara

Zehra Nigah: Cheerfully Towards Eighty One

Urdu poetry is often appropriated to eulogize female beauty and grace. This notion about women has been reiterated by ghazal that literally translates to an amatory conversation with women. In times when women were not encouraged as poets and were presented only as a subject of poetry, Zehra Nigah distinguished herself both as a poet and a woman and became, in turn, an inspiration for women.

Shaam Ka Pehla Taara(On cover)+ Title Zehra Nigah: Cheerfully Towards Eighty One (Sub-title) Urdu poetry is often appropriated to eulogize female beauty and grace. This notion about women has been reiterated by ghazal that literally translates to amatory conversation with women. In times when women were not encouraged as poets and were presented only as a subject of poetry, Zehra Nigah distinguished herself both as a poet and a woman and became, in turn, an inspiration for women. apna har andaaz aankhon ko tar-o-taza laga kitne din ke baad mujh ko aa’ina achchha laga jo dil ne kahi lab pe kahan aayi hai dekho ab mehfil-e-yaaraan mein bhi tanhaayi hai dekho koi hangama sar-e-bazm uthaya jaye kuch kiya jaye charaGon ko bujhaya jaye iss ummeed per roz charaG jalate hain aane waale barson baad bhi aate hain Zehra Nigah was a young petite girl when she first started to appear in mushairas. At her maiden mushaira, she shared the stage with many a legend including Jigar Moradabadi. Zehra has herself acknowledged at various occasions that it was Jigar who taught her the etiquettes of a mushaira. She fondly recalls an incident where Jigar had asked her not to bow down too humbly when accepting praise for her poetry, as women are above that: “sar ki KHafeef jumbish se bhi ye farz adaa kiya ja sakta hai.” Hawwa ki kahani Tumhein seb khaaney ki targheeb main ney naheen dee Wo genhoon ka daana meri dastras mein naheen thhaa Meri saanp sey dosti bhi naheen thhee Agar dosti thhee kisi se, wo tum they Agar koyi achchaa lagaa thha, wo tum they Zehra Nigah’s work is exemplary because she has been a voice of resistance against the atrocities of her times. Her hard hitting nazms still echo in our memories. Justifiably enough, they will continue to pass the message to the future generations. She once said in an interview, “A poet can never write poetry if s/he is not affected by his/her surroundings.” Main bach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Tere kachche khoon ki mehendi Mere por por mein rach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Gar mere naqsh ubhar aate Wo tab bhi lahu se bhar jaate Mera qad jo thoda sa badhta Mere baap ka qad chhota padta Meri chunni sar se dhalak jaati Mere bhai ki bagDi gir jaati Meri aankhein raushan ho jaati Tezaab ka surma lag jaata Satte watte mein bat jaati har khwab adhoore reh jaate teri lori sunne se pehle khud apni neend mein so gyi maan anjaan nagar se aayi thi anjaan nagar mein kho gyi maa main bach gayi maa Today on May 14, we celebrate the ever-graceful poet Zehra Nigah’s 81st birthday. A woman of substance, courage and resilience, she is an ideal example of how a woman may play different roles all through her life. She once expressed that life gave her the material for poetry in all its variety as a mother, observer, traveler and learner. Video of a London Mushaira https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7t3mm1h3Po Another video for consideration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSnawcBzwUw

Zehra Nigah was a young petite girl when she first started to appear in mushairas. At her maiden mushaira, she shared the stage with many a legend including Jigar Moradabadi. Zehra has herself acknowledged on various occasions that it was Jigar who taught her the etiquettes of a mushaira. She fondly recalls an incident where Jigar had asked her not to bow down too humbly when accepting praise for her poetry, as women are above that: “sar ki KHafeef jumbish se bhi ye farz adaa kiya ja sakta hai.”

Shaam Ka Pehla Taara(On cover)+ Title Zehra Nigah: Cheerfully Towards Eighty One (Sub-title) Urdu poetry is often appropriated to eulogize female beauty and grace. This notion about women has been reiterated by ghazal that literally translates to amatory conversation with women. In times when women were not encouraged as poets and were presented only as a subject of poetry, Zehra Nigah distinguished herself both as a poet and a woman and became, in turn, an inspiration for women. apna har andaaz aankhon ko tar-o-taza laga kitne din ke baad mujh ko aa’ina achchha laga jo dil ne kahi lab pe kahan aayi hai dekho ab mehfil-e-yaaraan mein bhi tanhaayi hai dekho koi hangama sar-e-bazm uthaya jaye kuch kiya jaye charaGon ko bujhaya jaye iss ummeed per roz charaG jalate hain aane waale barson baad bhi aate hain Zehra Nigah was a young petite girl when she first started to appear in mushairas. At her maiden mushaira, she shared the stage with many a legend including Jigar Moradabadi. Zehra has herself acknowledged at various occasions that it was Jigar who taught her the etiquettes of a mushaira. She fondly recalls an incident where Jigar had asked her not to bow down too humbly when accepting praise for her poetry, as women are above that: “sar ki KHafeef jumbish se bhi ye farz adaa kiya ja sakta hai.” Hawwa ki kahani Tumhein seb khaaney ki targheeb main ney naheen dee Wo genhoon ka daana meri dastras mein naheen thhaa Meri saanp sey dosti bhi naheen thhee Agar dosti thhee kisi se, wo tum they Agar koyi achchaa lagaa thha, wo tum they Zehra Nigah’s work is exemplary because she has been a voice of resistance against the atrocities of her times. Her hard hitting nazms still echo in our memories. Justifiably enough, they will continue to pass the message to the future generations. She once said in an interview, “A poet can never write poetry if s/he is not affected by his/her surroundings.” Main bach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Tere kachche khoon ki mehendi Mere por por mein rach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Gar mere naqsh ubhar aate Wo tab bhi lahu se bhar jaate Mera qad jo thoda sa badhta Mere baap ka qad chhota padta Meri chunni sar se dhalak jaati Mere bhai ki bagDi gir jaati Meri aankhein raushan ho jaati Tezaab ka surma lag jaata Satte watte mein bat jaati har khwab adhoore reh jaate teri lori sunne se pehle khud apni neend mein so gyi maan anjaan nagar se aayi thi anjaan nagar mein kho gyi maa main bach gayi maa Today on May 14, we celebrate the ever-graceful poet Zehra Nigah’s 81st birthday. A woman of substance, courage and resilience, she is an ideal example of how a woman may play different roles all through her life. She once expressed that life gave her the material for poetry in all its variety as a mother, observer, traveler and learner. Video of a London Mushaira https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7t3mm1h3Po Another video for consideration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSnawcBzwUw

Zehra Nigah’s work is exemplary because she has been a voice of resistance against the atrocities of her times. Her hard-hitting nazms still echo in our memories. Justifiably enough, they will continue to pass the message to the future generations. She once said in an interview, “A poet can never write poetry if s/he is not affected by his/her surroundings.”

Shaam Ka Pehla Taara(On cover)+ Title Zehra Nigah: Cheerfully Towards Eighty One (Sub-title) Urdu poetry is often appropriated to eulogize female beauty and grace. This notion about women has been reiterated by ghazal that literally translates to amatory conversation with women. In times when women were not encouraged as poets and were presented only as a subject of poetry, Zehra Nigah distinguished herself both as a poet and a woman and became, in turn, an inspiration for women. apna har andaaz aankhon ko tar-o-taza laga kitne din ke baad mujh ko aa’ina achchha laga jo dil ne kahi lab pe kahan aayi hai dekho ab mehfil-e-yaaraan mein bhi tanhaayi hai dekho koi hangama sar-e-bazm uthaya jaye kuch kiya jaye charaGon ko bujhaya jaye iss ummeed per roz charaG jalate hain aane waale barson baad bhi aate hain Zehra Nigah was a young petite girl when she first started to appear in mushairas. At her maiden mushaira, she shared the stage with many a legend including Jigar Moradabadi. Zehra has herself acknowledged at various occasions that it was Jigar who taught her the etiquettes of a mushaira. She fondly recalls an incident where Jigar had asked her not to bow down too humbly when accepting praise for her poetry, as women are above that: “sar ki KHafeef jumbish se bhi ye farz adaa kiya ja sakta hai.” Hawwa ki kahani Tumhein seb khaaney ki targheeb main ney naheen dee Wo genhoon ka daana meri dastras mein naheen thhaa Meri saanp sey dosti bhi naheen thhee Agar dosti thhee kisi se, wo tum they Agar koyi achchaa lagaa thha, wo tum they Zehra Nigah’s work is exemplary because she has been a voice of resistance against the atrocities of her times. Her hard hitting nazms still echo in our memories. Justifiably enough, they will continue to pass the message to the future generations. She once said in an interview, “A poet can never write poetry if s/he is not affected by his/her surroundings.” Main bach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Tere kachche khoon ki mehendi Mere por por mein rach gayi maa Main bach gayi maa Gar mere naqsh ubhar aate Wo tab bhi lahu se bhar jaate Mera qad jo thoda sa badhta Mere baap ka qad chhota padta Meri chunni sar se dhalak jaati Mere bhai ki bagDi gir jaati Meri aankhein raushan ho jaati Tezaab ka surma lag jaata Satte watte mein bat jaati har khwab adhoore reh jaate teri lori sunne se pehle khud apni neend mein so gyi maan anjaan nagar se aayi thi anjaan nagar mein kho gyi maa main bach gayi maa Today on May 14, we celebrate the ever-graceful poet Zehra Nigah’s 81st birthday. A woman of substance, courage and resilience, she is an ideal example of how a woman may play different roles all through her life. She once expressed that life gave her the material for poetry in all its variety as a mother, observer, traveler and learner. Video of a London Mushaira https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7t3mm1h3Po Another video for consideration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSnawcBzwUw

Today on May 14, we celebrate the ever-graceful poet Zehra Nigah’s 81st birthday. A woman of substance, courage and resilience, she is an ideal example of how a woman may play different roles all through her life. She once expressed that life gave her the material for poetry in all its variety as a mother, observer, traveller and learner.

Concept & Text: Aman Ali