By Sanghmitra Kumar
Sydney July 22, 2018: A full house at a poetry event was never heard of, in Sydney at least. Such was the magic of Khushbir Singh Shaad’s ‘Shayari’ (Poetry) that everyone was spellbound to hear him. Khushbir Singh Shaad, brought up in Lucknow and later moved to Punjab learnt Urdu at the ‘tender’ age of 42 to give us some gems of Urdu poetry. Shaad, the nickname means happy but his poems spell depth.
The evening titled ” Ek Shaam Kuchch Alag si – with Khushbir Singh Shaad ” was organised by Rekha Rajvanshi of Indian Literary and Art photos:- HM Walia of Desi Australia
Society of Australia (ILASA) at The Grand Marion Function Centre, Harris Park and started with a moment of silence in respect of noted poet and songwriter Gopal Das ‘Neeraj’ who passed away on 19th July at the age of 93.
Saba Zaidi Abidi, a noted theatre Director and Urdu writer gave an introduction of Shaad Saab and how she met a lanky and slim sardar for the first time when she was working in AIR Lucknow years ago. She disclosed that Shaad Saab started reading and writing Urdu so he could better express his thoughts in his Shayari (poems). He felt that this was the only way to be fair towards his craft as well as his love for the Urdu language. Thereafter, Ashraf Shad from SBS Urdu radio also humorously described his close association with Khushbir Saab as “the bigger Shaad, as his name had two A’s”
As the wait was over and Shaad Saab took over the mic, magic flowed in his words captivating and enchanting every member of the audience. Though he has the knack for expressing the most profound thoughts in simple words, he still explained the meaning of many words and made sure everyone could “feel” his poetry.
As he read out of his latest publication, the audience could feel umpteen emotions gushing through them. He also mentioned that to be a good poet or any artist for that matter, it is pivotal to be a good human being. This thought, his simplicity and his mastery over his craft aptly made this evening kuchh alag si (something different).
The divination of the evening continued in the second half with the beautiful voice of Chirasmita Chakraborty Das who sang Dil cheez kya hai (Umrao Jaan) and Farida Khanum’s famous ghazal Aaj jaane ki zidd na karo, leaving the audience wanting to listen to more. Ajoy Ghosh, giving a tribute to ‘Neeraj’ sang Dil aaj shayar hai (Gambler) and the ghazal Hoshwalon ko khabar kya (Sarfarosh) in his melodious voice. Upon the audiences’ demand, Ashraf Shaad and Anil Verma recited their poetry and the evening concluded with Rekha Rajvanshi singing her popular ghazal Mann samandar hai phir pyaasa hai.
One of the most well organized events in Sydney, the evening would be remembered for its unmatchable talent. excellent venue (The Grand Marion, Harris Park) and a wonderful art loving audience.