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Critics hail Shameel’s poetry book O Miyan as trail blazer

He is supposed to have created ripples in the world of Punjabi poetry some two decades ago when as a student of BA final year...

He is supposed to have created ripples in the world of Punjabi poetry some two decades ago when as a student of BA final year,a well known poet and journalist published his first collection of poems titled Ik chin dee varta . Post this book ,the man who is considered the undisputed master of Punjabi poetry,Dr Surjit Patar had for the anthologies of Punjabi poetry called Sadiyan diyan tarkalan,summed up the period as from Amrita Pritam to Shameel.

Some two decades later,Shameel does it again. His latest and the second release,again a collection of poems,titled O Miyan has both the readers and critics sit up and take notice. While readers are still enjoying the book,critics and authors,the pillars of Punjabi literature like Dr Sutinder Singh Noor,Amarjeet Singh Grewal,Dr Surjit,Mohan Bhandhari are heralding this book as a new genre and new chapter and an important one in Punjabi poetry. The book came up for an indepth discussion among the critics at a small gathering in Punjabi Bhawan last evening.

Renowned literary critic,Amarjit Singh Grewal,while reading his paper on the book,said,“Reading Shameel’s poetry made me feel as if I am reading poetry for the first time. His words open up an entirely different vista for me which is a deeper quest of life.” Adding to this,Surjit Pattar said,“The poetry of Shameel emphatically brings forward such concerns in Punjabi poetry which remained suppressed in the past decade due to peculiar pressures. The concerns of Punjabi poetry from medieval times to the beginning of the modern period have been consistently those which are universal to the poets or poetry. But this aspect of poetic concerns got relegated somehow. The way Shameel has brought up this lost voice with his poetic talent and ideological clarity will be a benchmark for the poetry for times to come,” he said.

Playwright Balram remarked,“Going through book sent a new kind of vibrations through my body. Shameel’s poetry does not affect only at the thought level but impacts one’s entire being. From his work,it is evident that Shameel has actually gone deep into himself,dived into self and then come up with these great gems. This book is a must- read for the youngsters who need to know the new direction of Punjabi poetry.”

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First published on: 21-09-2009 at 00:14 IST
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