Literary journal Aahang – March/April 2015 Issues

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Amjad Parvez

Front inside cover of Radio Pakistan’s monthly magazine Aahang – April 2015, that has taken shape of a literary magazine now, gives message of felicitations from Sher Jehan Mir on the 36th anniversary of Radio Pakistan, Gilgit. Special mention is made of programmes designed in Urdu, Sheena, Barshaski, Wakhi and Khwar languages. A separate section has been reserved for this occasion; Radio’s special programme ‘Rabita’, Ahmad Latif’s feature on Qilla Kuhna, Multan, ‘Ab Hum Hain Aur Maatem-e-Yak Sheher-e-Aarzoo’ by Dr Zafar Saeed Saifi, Book Review of Sabih Muhsin’s book Zer-e-Lab, Bushra Ansari’s interview, Pakistan GLOF Project by Syed Zahid Hussain, Field Manager Pakistan GLOF Project. It aims at saving northern areas of Pakistan from the outburst of glaciers, Khujrab National Park by Ehsan Shah and information of Radio Pakistan’s activities.

Excerpt from a submission on famous writer Agha Hashr Kashmiri written sixty five ago by Ishrat Rehmani forms the first submission of this issue of the magazine under review. Special mention is made of the views of Hazrat Maulana Zafar Ali Khan on Kashmiri who mentions of Kashmiri’s religious background and resistance towards regular schooling and he opted for self-education instead; studying literature and subsequently emerged as a popular drama writer. He wrote his first play ‘Aftab Muhabbat’ in 1897. There was no looking back. He married Mukhtar Begum, elder sister of ghazal maestro Farida Khanum. A portion of Radio Pakistan’s famous personality ZA Bukhari’s autobiography exudes anecdotes of interesting nature. Nasir Zaidi writes on Allama Iqbal’s poetry being published in the media without any respect to its vocabulary or ‘Bahoor’ or authenticity etc. Also many couplets have been attributed to Allama whereas they are not his poetry. For example, in the couplet ‘Tundi-e-Baad-e-Mukhalif Sei Na Ghabra Aei Uqaab/Yei Tau Chalti Hei Tujhe Ooncha Urane Kei Liye’ is by Syed Sadiq Hussain as per Nasir Zaidi. The rationale given is that Iqbal Shaheen is never afraid of opposing winds. Many other examples have been given to substantiate the author’s stance.

Riaz Ahmad a veteran Radio Voice (this reviewer even sees him Radio Pakistan, Lahore nowadays), contributes an article on writer A. Hameed, the famous short story writer – a writer who influenced the first generation of Pakistan. In 1972 A. Hameed became producer from script writer. Encouraged he produced many literary programmes. This reviewer remembers a telephonic call pf appreciation from A. Hameed Saheb when he had listened to my Ghazals from Vivid Bharti a few years before his demise. He was very friendly with poet Nasir Kazmi. Roaming in the streets of Lahore, both said wonderful poetry and short stories respectively.

Ali Tanha contributes an article on Bare Ghulam Ali Khan who was born on April 02, 1902 in Qasoor. Notable point is that Patiala Gharana that is famous for powerful and loud taans and gammaks was mellowed down by Bare Ghulam Ali Khan.He desired his voice to reach the masses’ hearts. Father of famous music composer Mujahid Hussain, Ustad Nathoo Khan, the famous Sarangi Player, an intricate instrument is the topic of a submission by Ghulam Haider Khan. This instrument is now gradually going into oblivion. It was sustained by Radio Pakistan through performances of famous Players such as Ustad Bundoo Khan, Ustad Umrao Bundoo, Ustad Nathu Khan, Ustad Ahmadi Khan, Ustad Zahoori Khan, Ustad Ghulam Muhammad Khan, Ustad Nabi Bukhsh Khan, Ustad Nazim Ali Khan, Ustad Ashan Khan and Ustad Hamid Hussain Khan.

Contributions of Basit Saleem, considered as a veteran teacher of drama to the newcomers at PBC Academy are highlighted by Laiqzada Laiq. This reviewer’s contributions to highlight the contributions of music composer Amjad Bobby follow next. He is remembered more because of Shahida Parveen’s rendering of the Ghazal ‘Kaya Gham-e-Jaan Aur Kaya Gham-e-Janaan’ than his film songs. Bobby ruled Lollywood from 1970s to 1990s. He belonged to Rubabi Clan of musicians. Who else can do justice to Imtiaz Ali Taj, famous for his Play Anarkali (written in 1922) than his son-in-law Naeem Tahir! The interview has been reproduced here as broadcast by Radio Pakistan. Naeem recalls how he met Taj in 1954 when he went to him for approval of a Stage Drama to be staged in GC. He got married to Yasmeen, Taj Saheb’s daughter and Masha Allah; the three generations are holders of highest civil awards of the country.

With passage of time, Radio Pakistan’s magazine has taken the shape of providing and projecting its contributions in current affairs, national integrity, music, drama, veteran broadcasters, poets and writers. Printed on art paper with pictorial presentations, it should reach public also and not restricted to government corridors alone. If properly marketed it can fetch revenues for PBC. The editors need felicitations for this effort.

Citation
Amjad Parvez , ” Monthly magazine turns literary magazine ,” in Daily Times, May 5, 2015. Accessed on May 5, 2015, at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/entertainment/05-May-2015/monthly-magazine-turns-literary-magazine

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