The poetic career of Kaifi Azmi has spanned over half a century, with his revolutionary ideas influencing people’s attitudes. Kaifi Azmi was not a poet whose work was confined to the printed page. In his youth, he was an ardent trade-unionist and later became a social and cultural activist. He believed that poetry should be used as an instrument for social change and has written several poems against communalism, religious fundamentalism and for the rights of women. His best known poems are ‘Aurat’, Makaan’, ‘Daaera’, ‘Saanp’ and ‘Bahuroopni’ which are a testament to his progressive thoughts and vision.
“Kaifiyat is a very precious album because it has abba’s best poems recited in his own voice. It Is truly archival material and is doubly significant because its being released on his 6th Death Anniversary. Abba’s poetry has a rare combination of being revolutionary and romantic. My favorites are ‘aurat’ and ‘makaan’”, expressed Shabana Azmi.
BIG Music & Home Entertainment, CEO, Kulmeet Makkar said, “It is indeed a great honor for Big Music to re-release Kaifiyat a tribute to one of the greatest poet. Kaifi Azmi is a jewel who has embedded his indelible mark in poetry and literature. Kaifiyat is one of the most precious releases for us and it is something every Kaifi Azmi’s lover would like to treasure.”
Kaifi Azmi won the National Award and Filmfare Award for the screenplay and dialogue of M.S. Sathyu’s master piece, Garm Hawa. Kaifi also acted in Saeed Mirza’s award winning film Naseem. Recognized as one of the finest Urdu poets of our times, Kaifi Azmi is the most awarded Urdu poet of India. Just a few weeks before his demise, Kaifi was made a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, becoming the first Urdu poet to be honoured. He has also been awarded with the Padma Shri, Maharashtra Gaurav Award, Yuva Bhartiya Award, Delhi Government State Award and the prestigious international Afro-Asian Writers Lotus Award along with countless other awards.
Kaifiyat, which was originally released nearly 8 years ago, is being re-released in a premium pack, to meet public demand and requests by countless fans of Kaifi Azmi’s poetry.
The album is priced at Rs. 199 and will be available in all leading stores.