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Meraj Faizabadi


PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, December 6, 2013 09:51
Tags : Meraj ul Haq | Meraj Faizabadi |Kola Sharif |Faizabad | Jagjit Singh |Lucknow University | Namoosh | Thoda Sa Chandan |Bekhwab Sa’aton |Ayodhya |

Meraj ul Haq, better known by his nom de plume Meraj Faizabadi, one of the best loved Urdu poets, with a body of work immortalized by ghazal singers such as Jagjit Singh, passed away in Lucknow at the age of 73. Born in a small village called Kola Sharif in Faizabad, he was a student of science at Lucknow University when he began his poetic journey despite a poor financial situation at home which forced him to drop out of a Masters course and wade his way through seven jobs - small and big. His poetry was a challenge to intellectual rigidities, religious extremes and political posturing. In the backdrop of the Ayodhya verdict he wrote- “Jo honewala hai woh hadsa dikhaiyee to de; koi chiragh jalao; hawa dikhaiyee to de..” He enjoyed immense popularity in the Middle East and was particularly sensitive to the problems faced by expatriates. His most popular works were Namoosh, Thoda Sa Chandan and Bekhwab Sa’aton. 

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