Wednesday, April 28, 2010
75th Death Anniversary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri.........A Legend for Urdu Drama
Today, on 28th April, is the 75th death Anniversary of Agha Hashr Kashmiri, who gave a new charm to Drama in Indo-Pak Subcontinent.
He was born on 3rd April, 1879 in Banaras, got initial education there but due to the lack of interest in Text books, could not get a higher Education and left school. He was interested in Poetry and Music since childhood, after watching few stage dramas in Banaras, got attraction towards this field and at the age of Eighteen, he came to Bombay, where he started his career as a Playwright.
He wrote a great number of plays, some of them were not conserved and are unavailable now a days. He worked for different Theatrical companies for almost thirty three years, made his own company several times but could not continue. His famous "Indian Shakespeare theatrical company" was very successful and presented a number of beautiful plays. During the whole period of his work, he continued to write in several different languages. Although, he could not get a higher education, but he had a full command on more than one languages. He was familiar with Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Gujrati and English. He wrote remarkable Plays in Hindi, which were super hit at that time. He also translated and transformed some plays of Shakespeare, King Lear as "Sufaid Khun", Measure for Measure as "Shaheed-e-Naz", King John as "Said-e-Hawas" and Macbeth as "Khwab-e-Hasti".
He also made few Films and placed a foundation for coming Film makers.
He Loved reading, and read Hundreds of Books to increase his knowledge.
He was called as "Indian Shakespeare", and he proudly accepted this recognition. Like Shakespeare, he came from a small city, never went to any University, got hold on the Theatres of that time, chose the format of prose as well as poem in writing style, converged the facts and truths of life in his plays, and died in April.