Friday, 14 June 2019

Aligarh ka Shakeel Badayuni: A Poet of Romane in World of Progressives poets.

Meri zindagi hai zaalim, tere Gham se ashkara
Tera Gham hai dar-haqiqat mujhe zindagi se pyara

This short write-up is dedicated to Shakeel Badayuni, who was decisively romantic poet in the world of Progressives. A generation of Aligs has grown up by humming Shakeel’s some romantic lines, such as---

“Suhani rat dhal chuki na jane tum kab aoge”, “Milte hi aankhen dil hua deevana kisi ka”, “jab pyar kiya to darna keya”,  “Na milta gham to barbadi ke afsane kahan jate”, …….and many more.


It is painful that Aligarh Muslim University has all but forgotten Shakeel. The next year 2020 will be 50th year of Shakeel’s passing away. It is requested “AMU Aligarh Students Union” and “University Cultural Education Centre to remember the legend Shakeel Badayuni.


Shakeel hailed from a literary family. He was born in 1916 in Badayun and died 49 years ago in 1970, at age of 53 but, his lyrics didn’t die…they would never. He had done enough by then for lovebirds in the Hindi-Urdu speaking world to sing his songs, listen to his ghazals.
After overcoming initial hurdles Shakeel turned a legend in early 1950's. He had earned name and fame as a poet during his Aligarh Muslim University days, winning awards at many mushairas.

An utter romanticist at a time when it was fashionable to be in the league of Progressive writers, Shakeel made his short life count.

An utter romanticist at a time when it was fashionable to be in the league of Progressive writers, Shakeel made his short life count.


He joined Aligarh Muslim University in 1936, where he started participating in inter-college, inter-university mushairas and won frequently.


After completing his BA from Aligarh Muslim University, he moved to Delhi as a supply officer, but continued participating in mushairas, and in 1944 to Mumbai.

At a time when the best and brightest of Urdu poets wavered between shabab and inquilab – the two poles around which much of Urdu poetry has always gravitated–Badayuni spoke up steadfastly for shabab.

He applied his talents to describe the beauty, love romance, emotional, sentimental and passionate experiences as well as joys and sorrows of life.


He had little interest in political ideology or social causes and did not join the contemporary galaxy of progressive poets such as Faiz, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Sardar Jafri, Makhdoom Mohiuddin and others.

Music by Naushad, lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni: The great partnership in Hindi film music history.


Shakeel was Naushad’s discovery; it was Naushad who got the struggling poet a break in A R Kardar’s film Dard (1947), ending days of poverty. 


As the story goes, Naushad had asked him to sum up his poetic skill in one line and Shakeel said:

 “Hum dard ka afsana duniya ko suna denge
 Har dil mein Mohabat ki ek aag laga denge”.


This was the beginning of the Naushad-Shakeel partnership that was to continue for over the next two decades.

The songs of “Dard” were a great hit especially the one by Uma Devi (Tun-Tun) “Afsana likh rahi hun dil-e-beqarar ka”.
Soon, Naushad-Shakeel team became one of the most sought after duo by the film industry.

Their box office hits included “Deedar”, “Baiju Bawra”, “Mother India, “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Gunga Jumna “and “Mere   Mehboob”.

Shakeel turned a household name after his all time-favourites of “Baiju Bawra”, “O Duniya Ke Rakhwale” and “Man Tadpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj”.

Then there was “Na milta gham to barbadi ke afsane kahan jate”in “Amar”, which prompted Sahir Ludhianvi to compliment Shakeel as the best ghazal writer in Hindi cinema.

Shakeel reached the zenith of his fame with “Mughal-e-Azam”, with each song being a runaway hit and one of them, “Pyar kiya to darna kya” turning an all-time classic. Incidentally, with “Mughal-e-Azam”, the best of Naushad was over and so was the partnership with Shakeel.

he had done enough by then for lovebirds in the Hindi-Urdu speaking world to sing his songs, listen to his ghazals.


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Falaknuma Palace: Gem of Hyderabad: --The Epitome of luxury Where Breath Will Stop.

Falaknuma Palace is the jewel in the crown of Hyderabad. Its shining glory, its very own signature luxury symbol is a heritage property dating back to 19th CE.


Quli Qutb Shah, established the city of Hyderabad in 1591. The Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled Hyderabad for nearly a century before it was captured by the Mughals.

It was in 1724 that Asif Jah, a Mughal viceroy, declared his sovereignty over Hyderabad and created his own dynasty which came to be known as the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Nizams constructed some of the historical buildings in different parts of Hyderabad city. One among them: A jewel among the clouds “Falaknuma Palace, spreading across 32 acres, this former palace of the Nizam, offers spectacular view of the Hyderabad skyline from each of its 60 luxurious rooms.


No photo and words can do justice to the beauty and charm of the palace, one has to visit the palace to feel this. The palace has been recognized by New York Times as among the 20 places in the world to visit once during one’s lifetime.

The Palace is famous for its various unique things, few among them are: --------

(1) The library at Falaknuma Palace is as majestic as Windsor Castle’s library in England. Modeled after Windsor Castle’s library, it treasures a large collection of rare manuscripts and books from the Nizam’s repertoire

(2) The 2 ton manually operated Piano in the ballroom. The Falaknuma Palace do have a very impressive collections of unique artifacts like Paintings, Furniture’s, Statues, Books and Manuscripts.

(3) The billiards table in the billiards room is one of the two pieces of its kind. The other is at the Buckingham Palace in London.
(4) In Falaknuma Palace, you will find a world’s unique jade collection which belongs to Nizam and his family

(5) The center of attraction is the colossal dining hall with the world’s longest table (108 feet) that can accommodate 100 people at a time.

(6) The Palace do have the amazing collection of Venetian Chandelier’s

(7) The Guest are welcomed in Nizam Style that means in a Buggy.

History of Falaknuma Palace
Sir Viqar ul-Umara, (1856–1902) was a dominant figure in Hyderabad and wanted a unique palace built for him, but building the palace almost bankrupted him. Rs. 40 lacs in 1893 was an astronomical sum even for kings.


He served as the Prime Minister of Hyderabad from 1893 to 1901 and Amir-e- Paigah 1881 to 1902.
Princess Esra and Mukarram Jah
History of Falaknuma Palace

Sir Viqar ul-Umara, (1856–1902) was a dominant figure in Hyderabad and wanted a unique palace built for him, but building the palace almost bankrupted him. Rs. 40 lacs in 1893 was an astronomical sum even for kings.

He served as the Prime Minister of Hyderabad from 1893 to 1901 and Amir-e- Paigah 1881 to 1902.


Viqar ul-Umara was the maternal grandson of the Nizam III Nawab Sikandar Jah. Viqar ul-Umara was married to older sister Princess Jahandarunnisa Begam Sahiba, older sister of Nizam VI Nawab Mir Mahbub Ali.

The Falaknuma Palace was so costly to build that even Sir Viqar-Ul-Umra had to borrow money to complete it and realized that he had gone beyond his means.
His very intelligent wife, Lady Viqar -ul -Umra, thought up a solution and advised her husband to invite Mehboob Ali Pasha Nizam VI to the palace.


As anticipated, the Nizam liked the palace so much that he extended his stay and this prompted Sir Viqar to offer that if his sovereign liked the palace he would be honoured to give it to him.

The Nizam liked the gesture but, being the grand man he was, he had his treasurer send the entire amount spent on the palace to Sir Viqar, thus easing his paigah noble from a financial crunch. 

The Nizam VI in 1897 used the palace as a royal guest house till his death in March 1911. After him, no Nizam ever stayed at the palace. as it had a commanding view of the entire city.

 The list of royal visitors included King George V, Queen Mary, Edward VIII and Tsar Nicholas II. The palace fell into disuse after the 1950's. The last important guest was the President of India, Rajendra Prasad, in 1951.
Falaknuma Palace turned into Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel


Palace remained unused and neglected. Finally, the current Nizam Prince Mukarram Jah’s divorced wife Princess Esra took charge.

In 2000 Taj Hotels Group entered into an agreement with Esra Birgen and the royal family. The main brief to restorers was to ‘preserve as much as possible’.
Princess Esra
After a long and tedious renovation and many hiccups the palace finally opened up as a luxury hotel in 2010. New name was Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel and Resort.


Nightly rates in the hotel begin at Rs. 32,000 and can go as high as Rs. 380,000. The royal rooms, the grand architectures and the top-notch services do justify these rates.
Itinerary of Falaknuma Palace (with /without high Tea), Chowmahallah Palace & Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show.  

A tour of Falaknuma Palace, a dream of every travelers to Hyderabad, is managed by “Telangana state tourism Development Corporation”. 

This tour with optional high tea is included in the half-day Nizam Palaces Tour, on Saturdays and Sundays. Chowmahalla Palace and the Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show are the other attractions on the itinerary.

With-out High Tea Package
Rs.2000/- per Adult
Rs.1850/- per Child

With High Tea Package
Rs.3100/- per Adult
Rs.2950/- per Child

Inclusions:
A/C transportation with tour escort services
Entry tickets for Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahallah Palace & Golconda Fort Sound and Light Show
High-tea at Falaknuma Palace

Itinerary of Telangana Tourism Nizam Palace Tour
01.00 pm - Departure from Tourism Plaza, Begumpet.
01.20 pm - Departure from Hotel Taj Krishna.
01.45 pm - Departure from Hotel Golkonda (Masab Tank).
02.30 pm - Arrival: Chowmahalla Palace.
02.30 pm to 03.30 pm - Visit of Chowmahalla Palace.
04.00 pm to 05.30 pm - Visit and Hi-tea at Falaknuma Palace.

06.45 pm to 08.00 pm - Golconda Sound & Light Show.
09.00 pm - Drop at respective pick-up points.

This blog has been compiled with different materials available on net and photos are from sources with thanks