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HyderabadTribute to Prof. Fatima Begum Parveen

Tribute to Prof. Fatima Begum Parveen

Published: 28th Aug 2021 7:42 pm

Hyderabad: Days before the Teachers’ Day, one of the finest Urdu teachers of Telangana, Prof. Fatima Begum Parveen, passed away on Friday. Known for her pedagogical skills and oratory, Prof. Parveen died following complications arising out of Covid infection. She was 68.

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Prof. Parveen, who was conferred the title ‘Bulbul-e-Deccan’ was popular for her eloquent speeches. Poet, writer, critic and orator par excellence, she was a name to reckon with in the literary circles. No programme of Urdu book release was considered complete without Prof. Parveen holding forth on the new publication. Over the years she emerged as a fine naqqad (critic) and made her mark in this challenging sphere largely dominated by men. At the time of her death she was working on the poetical works of the 7th Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan.

The sudden demise of Prof. Parveen cast a shadow in Urdu literary circles and left her colleagues and students saddened. “Her death is an irreparable loss to Urdu literature and the vacuum created by her is hard to fill”, remarked Dr. Taqi Abedi, Hyderabad born Canadian physician and well known poet and Urdu scholar.

Prof. Parveen’s seminal works on Ghavasi, the poet laureate of Qutb Shahi kingdom, and Akhtar Ansari, the progressive bard, are considered a milestone in understanding these great poets. This apart, she also did a detailed evaluation of the poetry of Amir Khusrau, Mirza Ghalib, Meer, Mirza Rafi Sauda, Shaikh Ibrahim Zauk, Deccani Qaseeda and the Marsiyas of Mir Anees and Dabeer. In all she authored 23 books.

Prof. Parveen strongly believed that a person would live even after death on account of his/her good deeds. These verses she penned for her teacher, Prof. Moghni Tabassum, holds good for her too:
Meri nazar mein
Badan ka marna nahin hai marna
Qalam hai zinda, bayan zinda
To kaise isko kahenge murda
Kitab iski abhi bhi mashal
Maqale iske hamesha roushan
Wo noor bankar hamare dil mein, damag mein bhi
Rahega zinda, amar rahega

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