Sab thaath para reh javega,
Jab laad chalega banjara
All your splendor will lie useless,
when the nomad packs-up and leaves
These are the lines from the poem ‘Banjaranama’ (Chronicle of the Nomad), a satire written by Nazeer Akbarabadi (real name “Wali Muhammad”) who was an 18th-century Indian poet and is known as “Father of Nazm”.
Nazeer was purely a “People’s poet” and his nazms reflected various aspects of the daily life of his age such as all types of religious and social events with even minor details in which common people can be seen laughing, singing, teasing, playing. He wrote nazm’s about fruits, animals, birds, seasons and even inanimate objects, such as “aata-daal” (flour and lentils), “pankha” (fan) and “kakrhi” (a kind of cucumber). He also wrote nazm’s about different aspects of human life, such as “muflisi” (poverty) and “kohrinamah” (chronicle of a leper).
The canvas of Nazeer’s nazm’s is so vast that it encompasses all aspects of human behaviour and every person can find a nazm that can suit his/her taste.
Lets unravel this dynamic poet at Mehfil.