Shakeb Jalali

Shakeeb Jalali (Urdu: شکیب جلالی) (October 1, 1934 – November 12, 1966) was a Pakistani Urdu poet. Shakeb Jalali’s real name was Syed Hassan Rizvi. His ancestors were from a small town, Saddat Jalali, near Aligarh, India. According to the poet, writer and critic Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Shakeb was born on October 1, 1934, yet his wife Syeda Mohiddisa Khatoon gives his year of birth as 1935 or 1936.[citation needed] Shakeb was an only child. When he was ten, his mother died in an accident. This event, and his suspension from his job due to the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India, distressed his father who died a little before the death of Shakeb Jalali.
He arranged publication of different urdu magazines, worked in many literary magazines and later moved to Lahore. Owing to economical crises, Shakeb joined Thal Development Authority and was posted at Joharabad and Bhakkar. During course of transit he stayed at Sargodha where he committed suicide on railway tracks on November 12, 1966, due to some unexplained psychological disorder. He was married in 1956 and left behind a son Syed Hussain Aqdas Rizvi (Aali) and a daughter Hina Batool. His life as a poet began in 1947 (when he was only 15 years old), he gave an entirely different and unique grace to Urdu Ghazals. His Nazms have a new style; he also tried his hands in Rubai, Qitaat, translation, etc. His poetry work was published after his death: Rooshni Ay Rooshni in 1972 by Maktaba-e-Fanoon and several additions by Mavara Publications and Kuliyat e Shakeb Jalali in 2004 by Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore. Adeem Hashmi being a contemporary went two miles extra since Adeem too suffered from similar oppression from the writers’ community, to openly acclaim Shakeb’s supremacy over the Urdu Ghazal in the ’70s and ’80s. Adeem’s Ghazal’s even though catching more lime light and focus, were purely a humble extension to the new meter invented by Shakeb. Adeem even though known to blow every other ghazal from even great names for its flaws, was found on every forum recognizing Shakeb. in 1979 Adeem was accused[by whom?] of writing only on Shakeb where he held a mushaira in Lahore on Shakeb’s poetry and recited ghazal’s which people confused as Shakeb’s. Since Adeem had not written on Shakeb so openly before. This created a little controversy since Shakeb was not known by many. Adeem’s tributes are one of the few very channels of knowing what Shakeb Jalali’s poetry actually held within its fresh and new appeal. Adeem’s last book was a tribute to great poets including Iqbal, Meer and Ghalib. He started it with Nasir Kazmi and Shakeb Jalali to keep the chain of appreciation alive. in 1992, the book ceremony of Adeem’s Tarkah, Adeem narrated the poetry of Shakeb Jalali, and Qatil Shafaie in the same meter which he had written his own ghazals on. Qatil and Adeem observed a moment of Silence during the ceremony in the memory and honor of Shakeb Jalali. So this Maestro’s first and Last book was all about Shakeb as well.