This month, at Mehfil@Prithvi theatre we pay homage to two noted literary personalities Nida Fazli and Intizar Hussain who recently passed away.

Nida_Fazli_in_Chandigarh-3_(28-Jan-2014)_04Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, known as Nida Fazli (12 October 1938 – 8 February 2016), was an Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was a poet of various moods and to him the creative sentiment and inner urge are the sources of poetry. He thought that the feeling of a poet is similar to an artist: like a painter or a musician. In contrast he found lyric writing a mechanical job as he had to fulfil the demands of the script and the director. Later he accepted the practical necessity of money which comes from lyric writing and helps one to ponder on creative work. He published his first collection of Urdu poetry in 1969. Childhood imagery persistently reflects in his poetry as elements of nostalgia. Primary themes which run through his poetry are contradictions in life, the search for purpose, nuances of human relationships, differences between practice and preaching, and the groping for that which is lost. (Source: wikipedia)

Intizar Hussain (December 7, 1923 – February 2, 2016) was a Pakistani writer of Urdu novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. He is widely recognised as a Intizar Hussainleading literary figure of Pakistan. He wrote short stories, novels and poetry in Urdu, and also literary columns for Dawn newspaper and Daily Express newspaper. The Seventh Door, Leaves and Basti are among his books that have been translated into English. His other writings include Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Aagay Sumandar Hai, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka Tales, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye. Aagay Sumandar Hai (The sea is ahead) contrasts the spiralling urban violence of contemporary Karachi with a vision of the lost Islamic realm of al-Andalus in modern Spain. His novel Basti is based on Pakistani history. (Source: wikipedia)

Nida Fazli and Intezar Husain had an interesting common approach to Indian traditions while writing in Urdu. The Mehfil will string together a selection from writings of these two sub -continental greats to bring forth the magic of their works

Date: March 8th
Time: 7pm
Venue: Prithvi Adda
Entry is free