Eminent Urdu poet Asrar Jamayee dies at 83

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Asrar Jamayee

By Muslim Mirror Desk

New Delhi, 4 Apr: Eminent Urdu poet and satirist Asrar Jamayee passed away due to prolonged illness on Saturday at 5:30 morning in Delhi. He was 83.

Jamayee was born in Patna in 1937 as Asrar-ul-Haq. His father Syed Wali-ul-Haq was a zamindar who was part of the Khilafat Movement and a companion of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar. Jamayee studied at New Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia under the tutelage of Dr Zakir Hussain, the celebrated Urdu scholar who would go on to become president of India. Impressed by Jamayee, Hussain asked his protege to study engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, while carrying on with his passion for poetry. It was at this time that Asrar-ul-Haq added the moniker “Jamayee” to his name. Encouraged by Hussain, he began to recite his poetry at public gatherings.

Jamayee was in college when he received news of his father’s death and returned to Patna. He started an institute to coach young aspirants training for entrance exams in medicine and engineering. The next few years were full of suffering: property disputes, discord in the family and the death of his mother.

Jamayee devoted his life to Urdu. He has published four books of poetry and booklets on Indian history. He also used to publish an entertaining Urdu fortnightly, Post Mortem that contained caricatures of the who’s who of the city.

Contributed by Firoz Bakht Ahmed.

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Samjhoge usey kaisey, jo Asrar he Haq ka Asrar ka,Asrar faqat naam nahin hei

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Ae desh k rahbar  ye to bata, kia tujh ye nahi dikhta hai,

Jis desh mein Ganga behti hai hai, Us desh mein pani bikta hai

Court se insaaf hoga Jamayee                    Kis khayal e khaam me ho aaj kal Ek Muddat jhoot bolen jo wakeel                Judge banate hain usi ko aaj kal

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Begum ne ek din kaha noukar ko bad tameez.                                                          Usne dia jawaab k kamtar nahi hun main,       Madam zara tameez se baaten kia Karen Nokar hun aap ka koee shohar nahi hun main

MP ne danta ek chaprasi jo jab                   Bola yun daanto na tum, sarkar k servent ko,                                                                Paanch saala nokri pe ye akd aur ye ghroor Temporary ho ke dhamkate ho permanent ko

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Bhai chare ka matlab ye na hona chahye Ham to unko bhai samjhen aur wo chara hame

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Ae dosto!! Haseeno se love kabhi na karna Bardasht kar na pawoge unke latke jhatke Hai unme AC/DC dono current jaari       Marta hai koee hatke marta hai koee satke

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Das bacche ko paala tha kisi maa ne jatan se                                                                   Mamta ka sila wo bhi budhape me naa paee                                                                   Har cheez ko to baant lia baap k marte      Ek maa thi jo hisse me kisi ka na aaee

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Wazan kitna hai kisi fankaar ka.                    ye pata chalta hai kaise aur kab.      Jamayee Asrar bola jaan len.                       Jab uthate hain ise kandhon par tab!!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Asrar jamei was a great urdu poet of wits and humour.
    Innalillahi wa inna alaihe rajeoon.
    I have been very close to him while he was living in sabzi Bagh Patna.
    I remember his poetic couplet
    LE URDI TEZ HAWA PHOONS KA CHHAPPAR WARNA
    KOTHRI APNI HAWADAR KAHAN THI PAHLE
    OONCHI AERDU KE HAI JOOTON KA KARISHMA WARNA
    CHAAL MARDON KI LACHAKDAR KAHAN THI PAHLE

  2. Asrar jamei was a great urdu poet of wits and humour.
    Innalillahi wa inna alaihe rajeoon.
    I have been very close to him while he was living in sabzi Bagh Patna.
    I remember his poetic couplet
    LE URDI TEZ HAWA PHOONS KA CHHAPPAR WARNA
    KOTHRI APNI HAWADAR KAHAN THI PAHLE
    OONCHI AERDU KE HAI JOOTON KA KARISHMA WARNA
    CHAAL MARDON KI LACHAKDAR KAHAN THI PAHLE

  3. Adiu ASRAR JAMEI……………… a tribute to a friend

    by Moid Zaman

    An urdu poet of satire , wits and humour pathetically left this world in the morning of April 04 for heavenly abode after struggling with the cruel world around him.He suffered hard times with his brother and cruelties of the state government which forced him to migrate to Delhi in search of a peaceful dwelling so that he would keep his bones and flesh together and where he could concentrate to write precious poetry using his pile of experiences and knowledge….. But
    that dream never came true and injustices to him took his life .
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    Leaving a void
    Unfortunately he was never ever awarded for what he deserved.
    He was born rich but left with empty stomach and homeless.
    He was denied any pension or any position in urdu academy.
    In his last years he was unable to attend any mushaira or academic gathering due unavailability of presentable apparel.
    Very sad
    He learnt urdu poetry under great poet Raza Naqwi Wahi from Patna .Upon his request he attended a mushaira at Hyderabad which was his first attendance in a big mushaira out side bihar. Where his poetry was highly appreciated by huge audiance. Upon his return from there Asrar jamei was rewarded with title of Allama.
    Below is a couplet written by him when he was forcefully made to vacate his by his brother and put in room made of bamboo roof.
    LE URDI TEZ HAWA PHOONS KA CHHAPPAR WARNA
    KOTHRI APNI HAWADAR KAHAN THI PAHLE
    OONCHI AERDI KE HAI JOOTON KA KARISHMA WARNA
    KOTHRI APNI HAWADAR KAHAN THI PAHLE.
    May Allah swt bless him with Jannah aameen summa ameen.

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