Off-screen legendary actor Meena Kumari was a powerful poet. Poetry was the only channel of free self-expression for this intelligent and sensitive woman, who writing under the pen name “Naaz”, could fashion some imaginative and striking imagery or convey an endearing wistfulness, in that queen of languages, Urdu.
Spurred by Prof. Noorul Hasan’s book “Meena Kumari The Poet: A Life Beyond Cinema”, Thumb Print Conversations, an initiative of the webzine www.thethumbprintmag.com tried to rediscover her poetry. The conversation will be held in collaboration with FLO, the ladies wing of FICCI and hosted by Terra Mayaa.
The conversation was moderated by bureaucrat Ashu Agnihotri. The ice-breaker was UK-based writer Daisy Hasan, who gave the introductory remarks and the concluding remarks was made by tea veteran Robin Borthakur.
Added attraction will be the screening of the classic film ‘Sahib, Biwi aur Ghulam. The event will be anchored by disability rights activist Arman Ali. Chairperson FLO, Smita Agarwal gave the vote of thanks.