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Tu Bhi Ek Dariya Jo Meri Tarah Pyasa! - Sujata Ganeshan, a ghazal composer from Chandigarh
In conversation with Sujata Ganesan, the fabulous ghazal composer of our times from Nasik and presently settled in Chandigarh, many new dimensions of ghazal are revealed. Poet Sujata Ganesan, originally from Bangalore, has established herself as a poetic voice in Urdu poetry with all the poetic nuances and emotional profundity. It is a pleasure to talk to her and send this short write up on her.

Alumnus of the Punjab University, Sujata Ganesan worked at Army School, Unchi Punjab. Her ghazals showcase her as a lively mind with a deep poetic sensibility. We on behalf of Merinews had a recent talk on her poetry which reveals an ocean of passionate overflow of a loving mind.

The short conversation is given below:

Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee: "Tu bhi dariya jo meri tarah peyasa/ Chal aa chalay aa ek badal ke tarah." This very line can set our dialogue. What do you think?

Sujata Ganesan: Yes, only yesterday I posted the lines on a social site.

RB: You have been writing for a long time so far we know..

SG: Yes, Ghazal writing is my passion. When I had been in Army School I was very busy. That time too I used to read the ghazals of great poets and felt inspired. I tried my hands and now also do not know if I can really write them.

RB: Your one ghazal is recently published in the Amravati Poetic Prism I have seen.

SG: Yes, the anthology has been released by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Sri Chandrababu Naidu in the International Multilingual Poetry Meet. But, I could not attend and only contributed to the volume.

RB: Yes, your ghazal 'Rang De' focused on the essence of life through a poetic sketch of the Holi festivities. Holi is the Colours Festival of India. Your mind is lively as the Holi.

SG: (Smiling) Yes, thanks for feeling my emotions.

RB: All your ghazals that you wrote were mostly on love and longing

SG: Yes, love is a longing always. I am quoting a few lines from my recent writings if you do not mind.

RB: Oh! that is a good idea. Our readers can read them,

The following lines she recited

(I) Mai Sajtee sawanrtee rahtee hu/A khuda teri nazaro me /Meri mohabbat azimter hai ke nahi

(2) Sal- der sal jinay apna samjha /Sujata eke k shaks teray khilaf nikla

(3) Aab aa jao Chand / Waise koi majboor nahi/ Zindagi meri mahak uthe hai/ Tere intezzar me

(4) Mainu tere nai ishak hoya / Ya teri shayari nal a the me nahi jandi/ Bas ek hokka jeya bher landi hai

(5) Ab tak apni duaao me rakha tumhe/ A mohabbat / Tabhi toh tum haseen ho

(6) Tum zamen me hi rahna do /Yahan ashiya hai mera /Aasma me rahna wala /tumhe kiya malum/Mere mehboob ke uchaya

RB: Wonderful lines so short and crisp but so profound. They are poetic blasts in small packs

SG: Thank you Janab you think so highly of me

RB: Thanks on behalf of Merinews madam. Keep on writing more and more ghazals for us

What she told about her poems and herself, I am summarising below:

Sujata is a friend loving person with all love for the family people and relatives. She is creative in her lonely moments. She is now settled in Chandigarh. Her ghazals introduce us to a lively mind with deep poetic sensibility.

The great lady speaks her heart and soul in her ghazals and enthralls the readers with the melodious reflections. Her ghazals are a touchstone for translators. Her voice and vocabulary are comfortably matched with each other. In her lullaby, her extraordinary presence seems to hover all over. Her ghazals contain her beautiful smiles hardly calling for ingenuities.

The ghazals glow in her myriad mindedness and they have a particular aura about them. Hardly she slips into the pomposity and banality. They embrace the whole range of moods and manners. She sometimes latches technical words more for their lyrical suggestiveness than for their precision.

Her ghazals are a profound process of discovery of the truth of life. Every ghazal presents quite simply a different complexity and asks for a separate resolution which is really amazing. Some manage to bloom in other's perception too so that any one reading them can give an accurate gloss on them.

I love to spend time on contemplating the theme and melody of some her ghazals and to be inundated by the kinetics of a wave to the point of realising its physicality and the dimension of experience in which my dear friend Sujata's ghazals are so deeply rooted...kudos for her her extraordinary beauty like her ghazals of impeccable melody.

About the author: Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee, the trilingual writer (Assamese, Bengali and English) and academician who is Associate Professor & Head, Post Graduate Dept of English Dum Dum Motijheel College, Kolkata and Guest Faculty at Rabindra Bharati University is also Member in the International Advisory Board of International Theodore Dreiser Society, USA. He is a regular columnist in The Shillong Times, The Sentinel, Dainik Statesman Kolkata and Book Reviewer of The Telegraph and The Statesman. Known as Oleander Poet of India, he has to his credit a number of poetic volumes including Melodies and Maladies, The Ballad of the Bleeding Bubbles, Oleander Blooms and Our Daughter, Our Princess. His first book has been translated into Assamese as Raktakta Burburanir Malita.

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