JAMSHORO: Paying rich tribute to the poet Hassan Dars, the speakers on Wednesday have termed him “people’s poet” and said that his poetry focused on publics’ misery and raised general awareness. One of the strongest voices to rouse the importance of a peaceful Sindh through his verses after Shaikh Ayaz was Hassan Dars.
They said he was not only a poet but an explorer and visionary who was fond of preaching his concept of a `new’ and enlightened Sindh – free from tyranny and stringent traditions adding that Hassan would remain the poet for the centuries to come.
This they said while addressing the ceremony organized by the institute of Sindhology at its museum after inaugurating “the Hassan Dars Corner” setup in the prominent personalities’ gallery. His wife Irum Mehboob inaugurated the Hassan Dars Corner.
Among other the three children of the late poet, dean faculty of arts Dr. Javed Iqbal, dean faculty of social sciences Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan, station director Radio Pakistan Hyderabad Naseer Mirza, senior journalist Naz Sahito, Taj Joyo, Izhar Soomro and incharge director institute of Sindhology Saeed Mangi.
The poet who died in an accident on June 16, 2011 has composed poetry in unique way with the strong thoughts.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony Naseer Mirza said Hassan Dars was very close to the nature and carried with him, the fragrance of his motherland. The poet did justice to both his roles of an urbanite and a rural folk which is very much reflected in his verses.
He said Hassan Dars not only portrayed the entire Sindh, but also inspired people of all ages through his work. “Everybody has to do his job and to leave the world but Hassan died in the prime of his life which is painful,” he said.
Mirza said Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Shaikh Ayaz and all other prominent poets came, led their life and returned. “No doubt man is mortal but some people who make the history survive up to the years to come and Hassan is one of them”, said Naseer Mirza.
When Naz Sahito was invited to talk on Hassan Dars, he burst into tears remembering him and could not talk except this that with establishing Hassan Dars corner in Sindhology museum, the new generation will be able to be familiar with him and his message which he gave through his poetry.
Another speaker Taj Joyo said that Hassan Dars was a poet of nature and his poetry reflected people’s sufferings and pain adding that Hassan Dars held a particular point of view about Sindh and boldly expressed it in his interaction with people.
He said that Hassan was a beautiful prince of Sindhi poetry who ruled over the hearts of people in short span of time and succeeded to make a circle of good friends.
Another speaker Izhar Soomro said that hollow slogans and rhetoric would not serve the cause of Sindh. People would have to rediscover the ideological bearing that had been lost. “We need to begin afresh from where we had discontinued our journey,” he said.
He said that the poetry of Hassan Dars depicted different aspects of Sindhi society. “The books of Hassan should be published and provided to the students at low rates so that they may buy and read them”, he said.
He said that Hassan was not only poet of current era but he would remain the poet for years to come adding that the late poet did not make his poetry the source of his fame but he automatically became famous due to his comprehensive work.
Dr. Parvaiz Ahmed Pathan said that Hassan Dars could never be forgotten. He hailed the initiative for compiling his work and publishing a journal about him. “I am lucky to be the part of this great ceremony; Hassan did a lot in his short life of about 40 years”, he said.
He said that the poet had earned a place in people’s heart because he portrayed their feelings. “Hassan Dars was an innovative poet responsible for a new diction in Sindhi poetry by fusing traditional and modern styles”, he said.
Dr. Javed Iqbal who presided over the ceremony said: “Today, I have met a young poet whose name is Hassan Dars; though the poet is no more with us but he would be ruling over our heats through his poetry”.
Hassan was an expert with metaphors and his genre was mostly romantic poetry, so much so that he was regarded as ‘the poet of young hearts’ by the late Shaikh Ayaz, a 20th century Sindhi poet. His fans called him “the best poet after Shaikh Ayaz”, he said.
The alive-nations do not forget their benefactors, this is why the institute of Sindhology has established the Hassan Dars corner in it museum so that he may be remembered in forthcoming centuries, he maintained.
Dr. Javed said the poet did a great job in his young age for which he will never be forgotten.
Incharge director Sindhology Saeed Mangi said establishing the corner of Hassan Dars became possible owing to the confidence posed in me by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani. “We will be giving honor to the visionary personalities in future too under the patronage of Dr. Taherani”, he said.
Earlier, folk singer Mazhar Ali sang his poetry “saari Sindh piren jo pachho jeko jar te jaagay tho… Thadh wasay thi wari te thohar thohar nind karay tho” (Sindh is like shadow of the beloved reflected on the deep sub-soil water… Much is as an idyllic dream that fills as a reverie in the eyes). The folk singer cast spell on the audience with his painful voice and melody.