BEKAL UTSAAHI….A POET OF GANGA JAMUNA TEHZEEB ( CULTURE ) OF INDIA .

“Raat bhar gaanv dil ka sulagataa rahaa

Zindagi Aasaron mein sisakti rahi.

Chaand baithaa munderon pe galtaa rahaa

Chaandini chhaparon se tapakti rahi…..

Ek viyogan ne kuttiya ki dehleez par

Pass tulsi ke jaltaa diyaa rakh diya,

Koyee Chanchal hawaa Aa ke gul kar gayi,

Bujhtay bujhtay bhi baati mehakti rahi”

                                                             (Bekal Utsaahi)

His real name was Mohd Shafi Khan. Born in 1928 , he was from Balraampur ( U P ) . Once, during a visit to a Ziarat , his Murshid named him Bekal. And after listening to his poetry , Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Called him Utsaahi Kavi. This is how Mohd Shafi Khan became Bekal Utsaahi. He was a poet of GAZAL and NAZM . National Integration , Ganga Jamuna culture and Nationalism were also his subjects . He also wrote Geets in fantastic Bhojpuri mixed with Awadhi.

Well known Hindi Poet Harivansh Rai Bachan ( Father of Amitabh Bachan ) was an  admirer of   Awadhi / Bhojpuri Geets  composed by Bekal Utsaahi .

Utsaahi  was a parliament member ( Rajya sabha ) and has been awarded PadamShri .He  made liberal use of Hindi words in his Gazals and Nazms. Bekal has Beautifully conveyed the effect of intense hot Summer and a wait for Rains or Monsoon in this Geet titled ‘Kab Barsegaa Paani’.

(1)

Pehley tum waqt ke maathe ki lakeeron se milo

jao footpath ke bikhre hue heeron se milo

ishrat-e-husn mein masroof to rehtay ho magar

waqt mil jaaye to ham jaise faqeeron se milo”

(2)

“ Tera dam hai to bahaaron ko sukoon hai Bekal

fir tere baad kahaan baagh bageeche honge.”

(3)

“Dharam mera Islam he, Bharat janam sthaan,

Wazu karoon Ajmer mein, Kaashi mein Ashnaan”

(4)

“Aaj jo lamha mile pyaar ki baatein kar lo,

waqt be-rehem he, kal tera na mera hoga”

(5) ‘Teri dharti ko jhuk jhuk ke choome gagan

    Zindabad aeY watan, Zindabad ae watan’

(6)

‘Jis ki shaakhaaon pe Radhaayein naachati hongi

Dekhna Krishna ussi peid ke  neeche honge’

(7)

Khet ka mukhdaa Badraa taakay

Roop dulhan ka achraa taakay

Saanjh ki chhaiyaan takkay savera

Gaanv takkay veerani..

Ram jaane re……. kab baresegaa paani

Saawan bhaadon sadhu ho gaye

Baadal sab sanyaasi

Pachhuvaa choos gayyi purvaa ko

Dharti reh gayyi pyaasi

Faslon ne bairaag le liyaa

Jogiyaa ho gayi dhaani

Ram Jaane re ..kab barsegaa paani.

 Tal talyeiya Maati chaate

Nadiyaa reit chabaaye

Kuvein mein makdi jaala taane

Nahrein cheel udaayein

*Ubhahan se Gagri roothi hai

Panghat se Bahuraani

Ram Jaane re … Kab barsegaa paani..

 Chhappar paar dopehariyaa baithi

Dhoop tangii aanganaayi

Dwaar ka bargadh thoonth ho gayaa

Ujarr Gayi Amaraayi

Chaupaalon se khalihaanon tak

Suraj ki manmaani

Ram jaane re….Kab barsegaa paani..

Adds AdarshAzad Arora  son of well known Urdu poet and scholar Prof. Jagan Nath Azad ,

“The last times I met him were during his younger days and my boyhood. He was close to our family. I would address him as uncle. His ghazal in the Republic Day mushaira was a hit,

“Teri parchayeen se tamir karun taj mahal,

aa tujhe geet ka andaz e tarannum de dun,

Aey meri jane ghazal….”

Another was,

“Amar jawan sipahiyo, watan tumhare sath hai….”

A line in it went, “Dulhan tumhare sath hai…”

When Bekal sahib came home, my mother told him, much to his happiness, that my little sister always asked, “Dulhan tumhare sath hai wale uncle kab Aayen ge”.

For his contribution to National Integration ,Bekal Utsaahi has been awarded Yash Bharti award that carries a cash prize of 11 lakhs .

Autar Mota is a Blogger,Translator and writes in English , Urdu , Kashmiri and Hindi. His write-ups have appeared in many national magazines and journals.