|Art: Khuda Bux Abro|
In the court of the Naked Sarmad
every age, its own puzzle.
A poet’s country
a poet’s country
Umm Kulthum (1898-1975) was an Egyptian singer and songwriter.
Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) was a Palestinian poet.
Abhi Chand was the disciple and lover of the 17th-century poet and mystic Sarmad.
* The young Sindhi poet Hassan Dars was killed in a road accident on 16 June 2011. He was just 43 years old. The people of Sindh saw Hassan give his first public recital in 1987, at a literary gathering of the Sindhi Adbi Sangut. Shaikh Ayaz, the doyen of Sindhi poetry, after his long silence through the Zia ul-Haq years, was making a rare public appearance. Hassan read his epic poem ‘Nange sarmad je hazoor’ (In the court of the Naked Sarmad), and immediately came to be seen as the rightful heir to Ayaz. Over the next 23 years, Hassan became a legend of sorts. Students framed his poems and hung them in their hostel rooms; every new piece of poetry he wrote was considered an event. Nobody knows how and when it was decided, but for all practical purposes he was crowned Sindh’s national poet, without ever having published even a single collection of his work.
~Hassan Dars was a poet in Sindh. He was killed in a road accident in June 2011.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
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