Dabistan-e-Lakhnau ke kuch namoone #10: Aatish Lakhnavi

Khwaja Haider Ali Aatish is one of the pioneers of the Lucknow school of Urdu poetry. He had a running feud with his contemporary (and equal notable member of the school), Sheikh Imam Baksh Nasikh, which spurred both to further heights of creativity.

Here is an example of Aatish‘s craft. A few may find it familiar. For those who do, the reason follows later…..

Ae sanam! Jis ne tujhe chand si soorat di hai
Usi Allah ne mujh ko bhi mohabbat di hai

Tegh be aab hai bazu-e-qaatil kamzor
Kuch giran jaani hai maut befursat di hai

Koi akseer ghazi dil nahi rakhti aesa
Khaaksari nahi di hai daulat di hai

Furqat-e-yaar mein ro ro ke basar karta hoon
Zindagi mujhe kya di hai museebat di hai

Yaad-e-mehboob faramosh na huye Ae dil!
Husn-e-neeyat ne mujhe ishq si naimat di hai

Gosh paida kiye sunne ko tera zikr-e-jamal
Dekhne ko tere aankhon mein basarat di hai

Lutf-e-dilbastagi-e-ashiq-e-shaida na pooch!
Do jahaan se is asseeri ne furaghat di hai

Kamar-e-yaar ke mazmun ko baandh aaye ‘Aatish’
Zulf khuban si mere gham ko tabiyat di hai

I promised to say why this ghazal may sound familiar but I guess I will save it for a subsequent post. For those who have got it, I will raise my hat, cap or any other sort of head wear to you…. but only when I sport it.

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