24 January, 2011

A rare book on letters of Faiz launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Jan. 2011)
Sana Jamal

Book cover.

ISLAMABAD: “The letter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz unveil his genuine feelings for the society as he continues to be the only poet after Allama Iqbal who is admired by the common people” said Iftikhar Arif, a poet and Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA).

He was speaking here on Saturday at the launch of a collection of letters written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz to Iftikhar Arif and edited by Dr Rashid Hameed held at Kuch Khaas, a cultural center in Islamabad. The book launch was arraneged by Kuch Khaas in collbaoration with Progressive Writer's Association.

The book titled ‘Faiz ba-naam-e-Iftikhar Arif’ is the second publication on Faiz Ahmed Faiz in relation to his centenary celebrations being marked all over the world by the organisations that promote Urdu writers and writings. Earlier a book 'Faiz Saddi: Muntakhib Mazameen' (Selected essays on Faiz) was also published to pay tribute to Faiz.

Dr. Rashid Hameed introduced the book to the audience, which contains around 38 letters of the renowned Pakistan poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz written to Iftikhar Arif during different periods of time.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) gave voice to the people of Pakistan, particularly peasants, labourers, youth, students, marginalised and downtrodden. His blend of romance with revolution echoes in the heart of not only every Pakistani but lovers of poetry around the world.

Iftikhar Arif is a significant and popular Urdu poet who enjoyed a close personal and intellectual relationship with Faiz. Speaking on the occasion, Iftikhar Arif enlightened the audience about his valued relationship with Faiz Sahab, as well as read out some letters from the book.
Ashfaq Saleem Mirza called Iftikhar Arif, a lexicon of rare memories and believed that “the letters of Faiz are rich in expression and significance.”

Harris Khalique, a poet and Zishan Afzal Khan of Kuch Khaas recited some of Faiz's poetry from the book titled ‘Saarey Sukhan Hamarey’ containing some of the best poetry by Faiz.

The book launching ceremony was attended by a large number of scholarly figures of the country who paid tribute to the renowned Pakistan poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Renowned literary figures including Kishwar Naheed, Ashfaq Saleem Mirza were also present at the occasion.