In 1919, a boy was born to a Zamindar family in the Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He was named Kaifi Azmi, and he reportedly wrote his first gazal at the age of eleven.
With his intellectual thoughts and heart-warming poems, Kaifi Azmi emerged to be one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century. Kaifi Azmi, who has numerous works of literature to his name has dabbled different roles with conviction and sincerity. He has won numerous awards for his contributions, including a National Award, Padma Shri, and Sathiya Akademi, and is celebrating his 101st birth anniversary today.
On the eve of Kaifi Azmi's birth anniversary, Twitter and his fans are leaving no stone unturned to commemorate his contribution to Indian literature. Here is a list of shayaris written by Kaifi Azmi that will make an impact on every reader's heart. Check out these thoughts-provoking shayaris by Kaifi Azmi (taken from Rekhta.org).
Bas ik jhijak hai yahi hal-e-dil sunane mein
ki tera zikr bhi aayega is fasane mein
Basti mein apne Hindu Musalmaan jo bas gaye
Insaan ki shakl dekhne ko ham taras gaye
Muddat ke baad us ne jo ki lutf ki nigah
Ji khush to ho gaya magar aansu nikal pade
Mera bachpan bhi saath le aaya
Gaav se jab bhi aa gaya koi
Pedh ke katne valoon ko ye malum to tha
Jism Jal jayenge jab sarh pe na saaya hoga
Ab jis taraf se chahe guzar jaaye kaarvan
viraniyan to sab mire dil mein utarh gayi
Ghurbat ki Thandi chhav mein yaad aayi us ki dhuup
qadr-e-vatan hui hame tark-e-vatan ke baad
Jo ik Khuda nahin milta to itna matam kyun
yahan to koi mira ham-zaban nahin milta
Kaifi Azmi's literary work voices issues of farmer suicide, women's rights, and communal harmony, said daughter Shabana Azmi in an old interview to an online portal. Azmi, who was a famous poet and lyricist, was also popular for his philanthropic work. He, reportedly, spent the last years of his life working for the development of Mijwan, a small village in Uttar Pradesh where he was born. There he reportedly set up an NGO, named Mijwan Welfare Society that runs the Kaifi Azmi Higher Secondary School for girls, the Kaifi Azmi Inter-College for girls, Kaifi Azmi Computer Training Centre, and Kaifi Azmi Embroidery and Sewing Centre for Women.
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