Urdu speaking audiences in a number of cities of Australia enjoyed a rare stimulating and revolutionary poetry by visiting Indian poet Imran Pratapgarhi.
Sydney’s MSK Films and Kavi Darbar invited three top Urdu poets from India and held a few different Mushairas over past week to the amusement of audiences in various cities.
In addition to Sydney, the audience enjoyed the three visiting poets along with a few local poets in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.
In Melbourne, India born Flamboyant Labor Councillor and aspiring MP Intaj Khan was the chief guest while the famous Indian poet Popular Merruthi presided the proceedings of the evening.
As the audience absorbed humorous poetry of Popular Merruthi, poet and Bollywood film song writer A M Turaz recited some of his popular poems and ghazals. A number of local poets including Subhas Sharma, Sandhya Nayar and Rana Shahid also recited their poetry.
However, more than anyone else, it was Imran Pratapgarhi who won the hearts of the people. He was not allowed to return to his seat by cheering audience for nearly two hours as he thrilled the crowd with revolutionary poems featuring socio-political issues, communalism and rise of extremism in India, emphasising the need of religious and social harmony.
In Adelaide too, Imran entertained the audience along with a local Pakistani and Punjabi poets, including Shammi Jalandhari, Basharat Shami and Kuldeep Singh Chagga, who recited poetry in Punjabi and Urdu.
In Canberra, Popular Merruthi and A M Turaz won accolades for their poetry from the Australian capital’s audiences.
Imran Pratapgarhi is an emerging star in India’s socio-political arena who has won hearts of millions of people through his revolutionary poetry.
At the young age of 30, he has already won several awards for his creativity and poetry.
More importantly, it is his popularity among masses which has made him a household name among Indians in general and Muslims in India and abroad in particular.