Noted Urdu, Gujarati ghazal lyricist Adil Mansuri passes away

The one last dream of Adil Mansuri, who passed away in New Jersey, will be buried with him. The legend of modern Urdu and Gujarati ghazal once wrote a couplet in Gujarati, his mother tongue: Marya pachheej aa sapnu phale Adil, Vatan ni maati ma dharbayela rahevanu (One has to die to realise the dream of being buried in his native land.)

When he left for the US about two-and-a-half decades ago, he had a premonition that made him write his famous ghazal that starts with: "Nadi ni ret ma ramtu nagar male na male…"

The freshness of his thought won instant attraction from all sides both in Gujarati and Urdu.

In fact, Gujarati ghazal will always remain indebted to him for guiding its poets out of the traditional mould and giving them the courage to break free from the shackles of tradition.

A calligrapher par excellence, Mansuri has left behind more than 3,000 works.

To use the words of Chinu Modi, Mansuri was the biggest experimenter in Gujarati poetry and was the one who initiated the Re-Math movement, a landmark phenomenon in Gujarati literature.

Calling him the compendium of courage (sahas ni samhita) Modi

admits that it was to the credit of Adil Mansuri that he and others had dared to think differently.

"Otherwise we would still have been writing in the same old traditional style," he said.

Mansuri never cared for criticism just for the sake of it and taught his peers as well to experiment with words and thoughts.

He wrote ghazals like Jyare pranay ni jag ma sharuaat thai hashe, Tyare pratham ghazal ni rajooaat thai hashe (When love first blossomed in the world, the first ever ghazal would be presented then). His dexterous handling of varying thoughts made him immensely popular among all generations in equal measure.

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