Poets Remembered Ex. Minister DP Yadav’s Freedom Fighter Father Mahashay Tejpal at Kavi Sammelan

Noida (India), August 23: As the final leg of the Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign, ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign is being run across the country by the Government of India to pay homage to the freedom fighters. Under this campaign, a National Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira was organized at Yadu Public School, Sector- 73, Noida in the memory of freedom fighter Mahashay Tejpal Singh.

Freedom fighter Mahashay Tejpal Singh ji was a resident of Sarfabad village of Noida. A large part of Mahashay Tejpal Singh’s life was spent in freedom struggle. He participated prominently in ‘Bharat Chhodo Aandolan’ under the leadership of Gandhiji and was lodged into Bulandshahar jail for his participation and support to this movement. Being an Arya Samaji, Mahashay ji had a deep connection with literature and culture. The residents of the Sarfabad village share with pride that during the freedom movement, Mahashay ji used to recite Alha, patriotic songs and stories and poems of prominent freedom fighters to the residents of the village. Whole life of Mahashay ji was spent serving the village and the society.

Mahashay Tejpal ji’s son and former MP and minister DP Yadav also recited his poems in the Kavi Sammelan. While reciting poems, DP Yadav also remembered his father and told that “Mahashay Ji had a deep connection with poems. He used to recite poems to us on different subjects every day. Patriotism and nationalism was the favourite subject of his poems. I know that I am not a great poet, but all the poems that I could write till date is only due to the poems that I heard from my father in my childhood.

DP Yadav also mentioned his friendship with famous poet Gopal Das Neeraj and shared how former PM Chandra Shekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpeyee appreciated him for his writings. Recently, a compilation of DP Yadav’s poems ‘Waqt Sakshi Hai’, published by Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, was released at the World Book Fair.

In this National Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira, many renowned poets of the country like Tahir Faraz, Dr. Vishnu Saxena, Akil Nomani, Dr. Dinesh Raghuvanshi, Dr. Kirti Kale, Arjun Sisodia, Mumtaz Naseem, Dr. Rajeev Raj, Dr. Sonrupa Vishal, Alok Yadav etc. participated and paid tribute to the freedom fighters through their poems and ghazals. The program was presided over by Tahir Faraz and anchored by Dr. Dinesh Raghuvanshi. A large number of audience were also present in this programme.

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