“Tehzeeb Saath Saath Us Insaan Ke Chale,
Jisko Bhi Aa Gaya Hai Ye Aadaab- e Lucknow”
– Nirmal Darshan
True representative of Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb of Lucknow. He prefer to call himself ‘Kavi-Shayer of Hindi-Urdu’ languages. Very popular on stage for his poetry and stories. Awarded numerous times for his contributions in literature, which he also inherited from his family ! Well versed in 4 languages Hindi, Urdu, Awadhi & English. He is into creative writings like ghazal, geet, story, write-up, reviews, etc. Various newspapers & magazines regularly publishes his articles and poetry. He is famous poet across India and international also in mushaira and kavi sammelans. He is also active on radio and television programmes. Very soon, his collection of poetry will be published. His one of the remarkable milestone is poetry recital and speech in parliament of Sri Lanka. He successfully anchored and participated in numerous seminars based on literature and film along with mushaira and kavi sammelan with eminent writers and film celebrities like Gopal Das Neeraj, Music Director Khayyam, Anand ji, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Farooq Sheikh, Tom Alter, Kaifi Azmi, Khumar Barabankvi, Gulzar, Gopi Chand Narang, Kamleshwar, Namvar Singh, Nida Fazli, Hasan Kamal, Mumtaz Rashid, Shaharyar, Jawed Akhtar, Basheer Badr, Waseem Bareilvi, Ibrahim Ashk, Rahat Indori, Jalees Sherwani, Mrinal Pande, Achala Nagar, Nirmala Jain, Bekal Utsahi, Munawwar Rana, Amrit Lal Nagar, Ramai Kaka, Shamim Jaipuri, Ahmed Faraz, Qateel Shifai, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Ali Sardar Jafri, Wamiq Jaunpuri, Qazi Abdus Sattar, Gulzar Dehalvi, Wali Aasi, Krishna Bihari Noor, Muzaffar Ali, etc.
“Ae Khuda Har Dil Mein Roshan Ilm Ka Khursheed Ho,
Meri Kya Ab Sabki Chahat Mein Isi Ka Deed Ho,
Nafrato Ke Abr Nirmal Ab To Chatne Chahye,
Chand Ulfat Ka Dikhai De To Sacchi Eid Ho”
– Nirmal Darshan
He has edited various books like Uplabdhi on ghazal-geet collection, more than one dozen books on musicology, Bekaraan Aalami’s book Aakhirush and Kamal Hatvi’s book Ye Tae Hua Tha, etc. Played role of Mirza Daagh Dehalvi in famous drama Dilli Mushaire Ki Aakhiri Shama with Padma Bhushan Gopal Das Neeraj Jee ( he acted as Bahadur Shah Zafar). Acted and sung a self written song in noted film maker Muzaffar Ali’s Husn-e Jaana. He conceived and scripted the show dedicated to music maestro Naushad in 2008. He also conceived and directed the Naushad Samman Samaroh 2009 (award to music director Khayyam). He is secretary of Bekaraa’n Aalami Foundation working for the promotion of literature. He also served as principal in Ram Krishna College Atahra, Barabanki for 3 years. Nirmal Darshan has been awarded at numerous occasions like, Independence golden jubilee award 1998- SAIL-Kulti Udaipur Rajasthan, Prerna samman 2001 – prerna sansthan Shahjahanpur, Saaraswat samman 2002- RBI, Nagar Gaurav Samman 2002 – Nagar Palika Gola Lakhimpur, Kaavyadeep Samman 2003 – Parivartak Mahasamiti, Urmilesh Ghazal Award 2004 – Akhil Bharteey Mancheey Kavi Peeth, Silver Medal 2004 – ACC Tikariya, Yuva Ratna Samman 2004 – Lucknow Mahotsav, Sahitya Shri 2005 – Hindi Urdu Sahitya Award Committee, Yuva Shiromani 2005 – Saral Rachnakar Manch, Akshar Samman 2006 – Akshar Dhanbad, Ghazal Award 2006 – Mahak Foundation Puranpur, Saaraswat Samman 2007 – Maharana Pratap Smarak Samiti, Mushtaq Ghazal Award 2008 – Lakhimpur, Golden Jubilee Award 2009 – UP Press Club, Sur Kala Samman 2010 – Sur Kala Sangam Lucknow, etc. He received various honours by Punjab Association Chennai – 1994, Anjuman-e Aon-o Muhammad Hyderabad, Parveen Art Kendra Ludhiyana, Pinnacle Institute Jaipur, Soofi Foundation Ludhiyana, Shri Gujrati Mandal, Jeewan Jyoti Foundation, Ageet Sahiyta Parishad Lucknow, to name a few
Founder LUCKNOW Society regularly interacts with him for his intellectual contributions. He is also the Director Programme in the ‘Lucknow Literary Festival’, the 2nd edition of which is scheduled on 1st – 2nd Feb 2014. LUCKNOW Society Salutes Nirmal Darshan for being the icon of the youth in poetry for both Hindi as well as Urdu languages. Zabaan-e Lucknow is manifested in his writings. We wish him very best for his bright future.
“Jis Mein Tehzeeb Ho Surkhuru, Jis Mein Ho Ba-adab Guftagu,
Eik Hi Shaher Hai, Eik Hi Lucknow Lucknow Lucknow”
– Nirmal Darshan