*Stephen Gill Poems Performed
XDr. Aksa, a prominent singer from Jammu, India,
sings Stephen Gill’s poem rehe gee tu (you shall be)
In this section, Stephen Gill experiments with the Japanese form of poetry, called haiku. He
has written them on the rhythm of Panjabi folk songs, called maya or tappey.
Panjabi folksong has the theme of love and romance to describe the beauty of the beloved
in an exaggerated way. It is usually in a light mood. Moreover, the first line does not have to
contribute to main message. It is mainly to rhyme with the third line.
Stephen Gill’s haiku-like presentations here are on a serious subject of peace and every line
is an integral part of the whole. Moreover, these presentations are in Urdu/Hindi. The result is
a meaningful soul-touching creation at the time when the clouds of the bloodshed and the
vultures of terror hover above the flowers of peace.
This section is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction by Stephen Gill, followed by
performances by Nazir Shad from Pakistan and concluded by Kalid from Canada.
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