The Urdu language has been one of the most debated topics of recent times, with many of the patrons of the language calling it a language in danger of getting lost in time.
However, in a remark that was recently noted, Gulzar, one of the most prominent names in Urdu poetry and a patron of the language has commented stating otherwise.
Gulzar has said that the language is alive and that it has the same old strength as ever before.
Gulzar’s statement came during the Jash-e-Rekhta festival which is being celebrated in New Delhi.
According to Gulzar, the language is spoken and heard widely, but needs more visibility. 81-year-old Gulzar has translated several poems from Urdu and has helped them reach the modern-day audiences.
Urdu is considered to be the heart and soul of Indian poetry as names such as Mir Taqi Meer, Ghalib, Zauq, Iqbal and a large number of other prominent poets of the 1700s and the 1800s wrote in Urdu.
Many modern-day writers such as the late great Khuswant Singh were patrons of the language and had openly expressed their concerns over the “dying language.”
“Urdu is alive the same way it was earlier and it is alive with the same old strength.
Its energy hasn’t reduced. Maybe its aspect is changing… This fear that Urdu is dying… Urdu is the most alive language and moving ahead with times,” said Gulzar during the Jashn E Rekhta festival.
Gulzar also commented on the influence of the Bengali culture and lifestyle in his life and poetry.
He further talked about the influence that Rabindranath Tagore had on him in his early days. Gulzar also commented on the Hilsa fish, loved by Bengalis across the world, stating that Rakhi cooked it the best.
Gulzar further said that even his Urdu is inspired from a lot of Bengali classic works.
The language of Urdu has been something which has been debated time and over again, while Gulzar’s views have a more positive and optimistic approach, many prominent names of today’s literary circles believe that the language needs more promotion, more visibility and a greater “push” to attract the youth who are distancing themselves from the language, calling it a lost language of the old and the extremely nostalgic.