Laurel of Urdu Canada: Nadeem Parmar

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On April 23,2022, Nadeem Parmaran eminent literary person’s collection of Ghazals,’ “Mere Bagair” in Devnagri script (Hindi), was launched by South Asian Literary Society, Canada (SALSOC) at Shanti Niketan, Hindu Mandir in Surrey.The event was sponsored by Hindi Literary Society.

Parmar was honored by the South Asian Literary Society, Canada with the title, “Laurel of Urdu Canada” for his lifelong exemplary contribution to Urdu poetry.

Parmar has authoredfive books of poetry, ten novels, andone collection of short stories. He writes in Urdu, English, and Punjabi languages; and his poems are included in several literary anthologies and journals around the world. However, he is popular as a Ghazal writer.

Acharya Dwivedi, President of SALSOC welcomed the guests and introduced MC- Muhammad A.Malik (VP) who called speakers-Narinder Bhagi, Surinder Kaur Brar, Acharya, Ashok Bhargava, and Krishan Bector to present their views on book. The book was launched amidst loud clapping.

Nadeem’s ghazals are filled with the spiritual fragrance,enveloped in the moonlight of Kafiya, and nicelycolored with Radeef. He has described honestly his experiences, hopes, dreams,challenges, and struggles of life in poems. With an astounding knowledge of   bahar/meter and musicality of the words, he conveyed his sentiments skillfully with poetic versatility and creative abilities.

His poems speak of his vivid experiences and imagination. He is a brilliant composer of ghazals, and an ardent advocate of peace, love, compassion, religious harmony, and universal brotherhood. Nadeem composed his first poem when he was only 12 years old. His interest in literary activities dates back in his college life in Jalandhar. His actual name is Kulwant Singh, but penname “Nadeem” was given byustaadPundit MolaramVafa. He obtained BSc and Degree of Engineering and moved to Canada in 1973.Nadeem learnt Punjabi script from his wife Surjeet Kaur Parmar.

He paid his first visit to his ancestral home (In Pakistan), after sixty years in 2005, and his close attachment with home is amply reflected in some of his poems. Nadeem bridges the gap between traditional and progressive writers with his vibrant language and fresh symbols.

He worked in the CNCP telecommunication department in a managerial position till his retirement;and expressed his sentiments of ‘cold air of racism’ around him there in some ghazals.

He reconstructed the reality and contemporaneous with more depth andcraftmanship to voice his belief and concern.“His poems are perhaps born,out of the genuine spark of creativity,nostalgic feelings, and awareness of his rich heritage that’s why it will never fade,” says Acharya Dwivedi.