Monday, 24 February 2014

Veteran Urdu poet Shabab Lalit passes away

Veteran Urdu poet Shabab Lalit passed away on February 7, 2014. He was 81.

For almost fifty years, the prolific writer who stayed in Shimla, consistently wrote poetry that was published in leading magazines across Indian and Pakistan.

His real name was Bhagwan Das, and wrote under the pen name 'Shabab Lalit'. He has left over a dozen poetry collections. Apart from Urdu, he also experimented in Pahari dialect.

Imran Azim, in his obituary in Alami Sahara magazine, mentions that Shabab Lalit was born in Khangarh in West Punjab on August 3, 1933.

After partition he came to India. Initially, he worked in newspaper, 'Vir Bharat', and later completed his graduation to get job in the education department of Punjab government. 

Later, he got job as publicity officer with the Himachal Pradesh government. Dr Shabab Lalit had post-graduation degree in History and Urdu, from Punjab, after independence. Though he got love from readers and accolades from all corners, he perhaps felt that he didn't get his due. 

Perhaps, the fact that Urdu--the lingua franca of the country was considered a 'Muslim language', compelled him to say the lines:

See this couplet:

Umr bhar ab is himaaqat par lahu ro'o Shabab
Ghair-Muslim ho ke tum Urdu par shaida kyuu.n hue?

After retirement, he remained associated with Urdu magazine, 'Jadid Fikr-o-Fan' published by Himachal Pradesh state government. Dr Shabab Lalit is survived by his wife and three sons. For Urdu world, his demise is a sad news. 

[The photograph shows special issue of Chahaar-Su magazine's special issue that focused on life and works of Dr Shabab Lalit. Credit:]

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