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‘Let’s meet, chat and depart’
The poet is in love with many thoughtful questions exhibiting her poetic maturity
BOOK REVIEW By ADARSH AJIT
Poetess: Dr. Darakhshan Andrabi
Year of publication: 2012
Price: Rs 350/
Darakhshan Andrabi’s ghazals and poems show complexity of thought, depth, philosophical touch and sublime sensibility. She presents Kashmir in a veiled yet universal way. Unlike other poets, who urge to meet the beloved in a happy ending, she wants to meet someone, have a chat and depart again:
goda yaar samov, darbaar karov, pata raavav
tim khaab panane lotipathe sarov, pata raavav
Let’s meet, have a chat and depart
Let us realize our dreams and then disperse
The poet is in love with many thoughtful questions which exhibit her poetic maturity. Many new poetic inventions, unknown and unexpressed in the Kashmiri literature, have been expressed in the book. The poet knows how to liberate from the mundane. She covers the distance between the celestial and the existential worlds on a well-designed platform in her own characteristic way. Potentially rich she sums up her flight of thoughts:
yad mashraavav aslaafan heund khaab pagah,
ase kati chaarav sehraavan manz aab pagah
baari amaanat laash panane chem shaanan peth
dafnaavan kath jaayi cha vantam khaab pagah
If we forget the dreams of our ancestors,
how shall we find the water in the deserts.
The dead body on my shoulders is a burden
where shall I bury the dream tomorrow?
The title Nazam Chaman Barg Raze is striking for it depicts the turbulent valley. The words describing nature have been poetically woven together to present desolation. In the cluster of quatrains the fourth line of each quatrain ends with a question, which is in contrast to the content of the first three lines. This experiment is unique in it-self and enriches the Kashmiri literature. She is waiting for someone to read unwritten pages of her existence and calls someone to leave the fear psychosis and have the courage to see the light of the day:
ani gati hendi mousama ki khofa asethakh che taapa lanjan peth kenh bath
adleken batan dichmai zev ta karim poora
gevmaten batan hinzi layi zale vaaryah changge
cha kyazi gaashas khochaan?
Darkness made you leave the songs incomplete on the sunny branches.
I gave language to the incomplete songs and completed them.
The rhythm of the songs gave birth to the burning candles.
Why are you afraid of the light?
Natural beauty attracts the poet often. She is an expert in using the natural richness of the murmuring streams, mountains and the free air. She wants to merge in nature and asks her own symbols to recognize their being with respect to the vibes of nature:
kota zaroori chu zi
poshan aasan panponpares
baalthongen obr lang…….
ta kotah zaroori chu zi
mann rati timan naalmati
ta mathi tim pannis vajoodas
How important is that flowers have butterflies
and mountains have clouds!
And how necessary that soul embraces them!
Six stanza-poem “ada tulizi qadam yath basti manz” talks about a person who is conscious about paths, the dangers and the ways to reach the destination and asks the other to proceed with extreme care. Giving the background for this journey the poet informs:
yati kaakad chee kooten mare mare
parbat daari chu curfew naal walith
yali lookh taten nani waana saman
ada tulzi kadam yath basti manz
Every window is sealed curfew.
Paper is pasted on the poles here.
When people will assemble, all visible, then take a step in this habitat.’
Romantic influence is evidently visible in most of the couplets of Darakhshan. In this dark-age when the relations have declined, love is gone and hypocrisy rules the romantic essence of the poet gives hope.
Darakhshaan tests doha-form also. In one of her dohas she writes:
deewaaras lekith, rat navith tehreer
shure gai aangan buze, yee sapdus tafseer
Inscriptions on the walls are in blood.
Children disappeared. This was the upshot.
Drakhshan Andrabi’s content is rich on the philosophical level. Occasionally she succumbs to her heart. The pain, misery, difficulties, travails and loss of the dearest ones have broken her heart. The poet is shattered. Her wounds bleed. But she develops new skills for living and for the outflow of her emotions:
yaman asnukh chu haavas
yaman yachnuk chu taakath
kanaan chas dag
I sell my pain for those who want to laugh
and have desires.
Will you buy?
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Monday, March 26, 2012
It was a huge group of political activists from Bishnah who today joined the Socialistic Democratic Party at a function held at Press Club Jammu where SDP President Dr Darakhshan Andrabi welcomed and formally inducted them into SDP. SDP senior leader Peer Abdul Majid Shah, who is the party in charge of BIshnah had organized this function. In the group of forty five new entrants into SDP, a score of them were the elected Panchs and Sarpanchs of the constituency. Peer Abdul Majid presented a Memorandum on behalf the people of Bishna to SDP president throwing light on the problems and grievances of the people of the area. While addressing to the press and media representatives, SDP supremo Dr Darakhshan said that with these new entrants into the party SDP’s political base in the constituency will be stronger as majority of these political activists are the elected representatives of Panchayts. The prominent among those who joined are Ram Dayal, Bodh Raj, Ram Lal, Shamsher Singh, Krishan Lal and Vijay Kumar. “During her last visit of Basohli, she has herself seen the problems of the people. Majority of the people are distressed with the local administration. They are not at all happy by the anarchist working style of Tehsildar and the BDO of the area. People’s voice has been kept hostage to the power monopoly in the area,” said Dr Andrabi. She said SDP has decided to fight for the people in the area. She said that it will be our responsibility to establish healthy working atmosphere in different vital government offices in the area because these offices and officers are meant for the service of people as per laws and in the democratic system nobody can be allowed to exhibit his whims while discharging the duties. Dr Darakhshan Andrabi said that SDP leadership will establish direct contacts with the local authorities and will not hesitate in approaching the top level bureaucracy in this regard if need arises. “The execution system of the development works and the execution system of the revenue related affairs in the area need a big overhaul and she will herself try to initiate a struggle to correct the ailing working systems,” said Darakhshan. She said that she was not at all satisfied with the development in the area and she was convinced that the concerned authorities in lien with the political mafia were exploiting the innocent people of the area and misappropriating the public funds for their petty interests. Dr Andrabi assured the people of Bishna of the beginning of the new era there with SDP at their back.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
SDP president Dr Darakhshan Andrabi today led a huge rally of VDC volunteers from all districts of Jammu outside Press Club in Jammu. Amid loud sloganeering the demands of the VDC’s were displayed by VDC representatives. At the culmination of the rally Subhash Baba, the president of VDC volunteers and Dr Darakhshan Andrabi spoke on the occasion. Speaking to press Dr Darakhshan said that she today submitted a memorandum to Union Minister for Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah in person. She said that she has today dispatched the copies of these memoranda to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Abdullah asked Nawang Rigzin Jora to forward the recommendation of the state for conferring Padma Shree to Dr Darakhshan keeping in view her political, social and intellectual contribution. In his address Dr Farooq Abdullah said that he was thrilled to see the creative talent of the politician Darakhshan and this pursuit of her has established her as the intellectual politician of our state. He said that Darakhshan’s contribution to Urdu and Kashmiri literature is of immense importance and significance and she is going represent the genius of Jammu & Kashmir into whole of the world.
A paper was read out by eminent poet Farooq Nazki who said that Darakhshan was already an established Urdu poet of the country and she has been honoured with many national awards for her literary contribution. Farooq Nazki said, “Darakhshan has been part of the contemporary Indian Literary movement. She writes poetry, short stories and essays in Kashmiri and Urdu. Many of her literary creations have been translated into many Indian as well as foreign languages. Through her translations too she has enriched her mother tongue Kashmiri. She has translated prominent Indian poets like Atal Bihari Vajpai, Vikram Seth, Nigeen Saikia, Padma Sachdev,Amrita Pritam into Kashmiri besides the translation of Chilean Noble laureate poet Pablo Neruda. She has translated many portions of ancient Sanskrit poetics into Kashmiri.” As per the analytical paper Dr Andrabi was the first Kashmiri female poet of Kashmiri who has not expressed her feminine anger but has spoken very loudly on the human sphere and level. He said that Chaman Barg Rez has very powerful poetic expressions in different forms. In addition to ghazals, there are very powerful experimental nazams in free verse too. “For the first time she has introduced doha to Kashmiri and she has also written some verse in the traditional marriage song form vanvun too. Her innovations in free verse form are worth reading”, said Farooq Nazki. Famous singer Deepali Wattal thrilled the jam packed Abhinav Theatre audience by singing two melodious ghazals of Darakhshan Andrabi.