Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Life & Times - Salima Hashmi in Conversation with Kavita Panjabi
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About the Event
This conversation is part of our digital series 'Political Partitions: Human Stories'.
A conversation between artist & social activist Salima Hashmi—who is also the daughter of renowned Progressive Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz—and Kavita Panjabi, a university teacher who has shared her love of Faiz’s poetry with her Comparative Literature students for several years now. Salima will recount personal anecdotes of her father, especially in relation to his experiences of the two partitions of 1947 and 1971, and read his poems in Urdu. Kavita will read them in English translation and also highlight the lasting power of his poetry, discussing how it has cut through mainstream political hostilities and enabled South Asians to see the poignant human face of the partitions through his eyes. The idea is to try to understand Faiz and his poetry in relation to his times and to retrieve, however briefly, the values and passions that underlined his vision. Salima has also shared some rare photographs of Faiz and his ethos to add a rich visual dimension to this conversation. Some of the poems to be discussed are “Subah e azadi”, “Dhaka se wapsi par” and of course the much loved ‘Hum dekhenge’.
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