Friday, 20 January 2012
Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Karaar Tha
This video shows two poems "voh jo hum mein tum mein qaraar tha" and 'I am not that woman' enacted by Mallika Sarabhai in her production 'The Colors of the Heart' with British-Pakistani composer, writer, singer Samia Malik, based on their common commitment to issues of human rights and women's freedom.
Momin Khan Momin's poem "voh jo hum mein tum mein qaraar tha" is one of the most famous poems of Urdu literature.
The message of her poem 'I am not that woman' is that males and females are not always equal and that people especially women are dominated by men and this poem helps to vent their thoughts and feelings.
About the poets
Momin Khan (1800-1851) was an Indian poet famous for his Urdu ghazals and used "Momin" as his takhallus (the Urdu word for nom de plume). Momin is known for his particular Persianized style and the beautiful use of his takhllus.
Kishwar Naheed, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (born 1940) is an Urdu poet from Pakistan known for her pioneering feminist poetry. Born in Bulandshahr, India, Kishwar was witness to the violence (including rape and abduction of women) associated with partition, and herself moved with her family to Pakistan in 1949.