Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal — who gave India ‘saare jahan se achcha’ — was remembered by denizens on his 77th death anniversary on Tuesday.
The poet stayed here at Sheesh Mahal and Riyaz Manzil in Bhopal during the reign of last Nawab Hamidullah Khan (1926-49).
Poetry lovers and eminent Urdu litterateurs gathered at Mulla Ramoozi Bhawan where a host of literary events as part of 'Yaad-e-Iqbal' event were organised in his memory.
Litterateurs Iqbal Majeed, Naeem Kausar and Anees Ansari also read out their works during the programme. Subsequently, there was a ‘mushaira’ in which eminent poets read out their poetry.
Later in the evening, ‘chaar bait’ — the unique performing folk art — was held.
‘Chaar bait’ originated centuries ago when warriors used to amuse themselves when they had time on the battlefield with the poetry contest.
In this unique folk art, performers recite a poetry written in a particular format (genre) in the backdrop of ‘daf’. Apart from Bhopal, Tonk and Rampur, which have a strong Pathan population, are known centres of this unique art in India.
Professor Afaq Ahmad said calling Iqbal as ‘Shaayar-e-Mashriq’ (Poet of the East) was a gross injustice to the poet whose message of universal brotherhood was for the entire world.
The Yaad-e-Iqbal was organised by Iqbal Markaz of the Sahitya Akademi.