Geographical borders disappear, political differences are forgotten, and old prejudices take a back seat when something extraordinary happens. In today’s world, such occurrences are rare. Hundreds of people from different countries, faiths and political persuasions came together on October 25, 2015, to mark the 35th death anniversary of poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi. Organized by the Sahir Ludhianvi Genius Global Research Council (SLGGRC), the commemoration was an online event hosted on SLGGRC’s Facebook page. Noted Sahir admirers Kewal Dheer (a writer and founder of the Sahir Cultural Academy, Ludhiana), Danish Iqbal (a playwright, actor and producer-director), Simrat Chabra (a noted ghazal singer) and Zamarrud Mughal (a member of Rekhta Foundation, an organization that promotes Urdu literature), and film lyricist Ajay Pandey joined the event through online interviews and video tributes. Mr.Faheem Ahmed, SLGGRC patron and Film Writers Association Member contributed his article on sahir’s poetic excellence through the Arooz (fann-e-shayeri). SLGGRC published exclusive interviews with Har Mandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’, author of Hindi Geet Kosh, a compilation of movie songs since the advent of the talkies, and film-music historian Nalin Shah. Their observations about Sahir’s poetry and personality were well received by members of the group. Pre-published write-ups on Sahir’s work by actress Nargis and scholar Gopi Chand Narang were put up on the SLGGRC wall. The group made its members jog their memories in a six-song quiz: each song dedicated to the six decades of Sahir’s life. Chennai member Asma NA, who named three songs and their movies correctly, was adjudged the winner. The idea had such great resonance that members created their own small quizzes. The icing on the cake was the playing of ‘Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar’ in Sahir’s voice at midnight. The mushaira recording had members clamouring for more. On popular demand, ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Parchhaiyan’ – again in the poet’s voice – were broadcast.
As the day wound to an end, group members wished it wouldn’t. They paid their tributes to the ‘insaaniyat ka shayar’ (poet of humanity) by sharing videos of his movie songs. Mr Shrish Koyal,(Bengaluru) Mr Chander Verma ( New Delhi) and Dr.Salman Abid (Hyderabad) ( executive members of the Council) moderate the whole sessions in a successful manner.
Submitted by Dr. Salman Abid, Founder (SLGGRC)