Kavishri / Babu Rajab Ali Khan. Posted on February 3, Rajab Ali Khan”. ਭੂਗੋਲ -ਦੇ-ਕਬਿੱਤ / Babu Rajab Ali KhanIn “Babu Rajab Ali Khan”. Babu Rajab Ali was born in in a village Sahoké, near Moga. He was a great writer of Kavishari, the poems sung in tarannam in Punjab on stages in melas.
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Babu ji of Punjabis Jagjit Sandhu.
WHITEWASHING HISTORY: Babu Rajab Ali: the Man in the Dock
Babu Rajab Ali in Gurmukhi. Babu ji of Punjabis Jagjit Sandhu In Malwa region of Punjab, the ‘chhandd-band’ rhymed on meter Punjabi poetry is sung in loud, fast yet stretched voice without any musical instruments somewhat similar to tarannum and is called Kavishri.
The people who write and sing Kavishri in Punjabi melas, diwaans, mehfils, weddings etc are called Kavishar. Originally started in Malwa, this tradition of Punjabi poetry and singing has spread throughout Punjab although majority of the Kavishar s to this day has been from Malwa.
His father’s name was Mian Dhamaali Khan and his mother’s name was Jiyooni. Babu ji went to primary school in the neighboring village of BaNbeeha and then to high school in Moga and passed his matriculation in from Barjindra High School, Faridkot.
Babu Rajab Ali’s Punjabi Poetry in Roman Script
Later on he graduated with a diploma in Civil Engineering, rajav known as Overseeri in Punjabi during those days, from an engineering school in Gujraat district. Babu Rajab Ali worked as an overseer in irrigation department all his life and was affectionately called Babu ji by people.
Canals were being laid all throughout Punjab in those days and whole landscape was changing, and that was probably first and last time when the word Babu ji was respected with praise and thankfulness in rural Punjab.
I believe fajab was sweetness of language in Babu Rajab Ali’s poetry and personality that changed the meanings of phrase ‘Babu ji’ forever. He worked throughout Punjab and also near Peshawar, as a result he was well-traveled person by the standards of that time.
He was madly in love with Malwa and Punjabi poetry and probably at the peak of his life when one day in he had to leave his beloved village of Sahoke, his students, his admirers and family history of hundreds of years and leave for Pakistan.
Babu ji went to Pakistan but his soul always wandered in Malwa and he wrote poetrg of poems on his separation from his beloved people and places.
His family got some land allotted in OkaaRa and settled there.
The breadth of the subjects chosen indicates how open hearted and secular poet Babu Rajab Ali was. Interestingly, most of his kissas related to Hindu heroes and figures were written during his life in Pakistan. His love for Punjab and Bau was unconditional and not bound by walls of religions or nationalities.
Babu ji passed away on to the next world on May 6th,singing songs of Punjabi and longing for seeing his village Sahoke of his childhood and youth again. Babu ji is a pride of Punjabi language and will live forever in hearts of Punjabis. His poems are still sung by hundreds of Kavishars in Punjab who claim with pride that they are shagirds of Babu Rajab Ali.
Babu Rajab Ali in Roman.