Jaun Elia wrote poetry more for life, its hardships and turmoil than to create beautiful literature, poet and writer Iftikhar Arif has said while presiding over an online ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the death of a great Urdu poet.
The ceremony of famous Pakistani poet Syed Hussain Sibt-e-Asghar Naqvi, known by his pseudonym Jaun Elia, was held at Auditorium II of the Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi. The speakers shared with the public the moments spent with Jaun Elia and his poetry.
Participants in the discussion included ACP President Ahmad Shah, Dr Anbreen Haseeb Anbar, Abbas Naqvi and Sohail Javed.
Iftikhar Arif said that Jaun was a cultured man, he came from a cultured society, he belonged to a traditionalist family and wrote many immortal poems. Before Jaun, poetry was not written in a common language. Jaun’s poetry was more about life than literature, he said.
Ahmad Shah said Jaun came from a family that produced great writers.
Our love for reading and writing came from the house of Jaun, a poet of our own. It leaves an impact. I read Ghalib, and Iqbal in my childhood, and I felt that Jaun was very close to Ghalib.
Ahmad Shah read Jaun Elia’s poetry written on Karachi’s political situation.
Munawar Saeed said Jaun Elia was a very difficult person. Jaun found it very difficult to leave Amroha and eventually migrated to Pakistan 10 years after his formation.
Munawwar Saeed recalled, “When Jaun came to Karachi in 1957, he was living in our house. My uncle spent a lot of time with Jaun.” Jaun was very fond of wrestling and often visited the dangals in Amroha to watch the men struggle in the sand and sweat.
Filmmaker Sohail Javed, speaking his mind, said, “Jaun’s poetry has inspired many visuals in me.”
Abbas Naqvi said that every word Jaun spoke or wrote contained a message. During the mushaira he made people sit and listen carefully, praising every line and verse.
Journalist Pirzada Salman served as moderator.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 9e2022.