Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

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Rehmat Aziz Chitrali, M.A LL.B
IIA Laureate, Gold Medalist, AFRCS,
Rehmat Aziz Chitrali Pioneer, Test Wiki Administrator, Translator and Editor Khowar Wikipedia project from Pakistan.jpg
Rehmat Aziz Chitrali
Innovation Awardee (Germany), Innovative Awardeeee (IYF), Gold Medalist (NPC), Gold Medalist (JFP)
Native name رحمت عزیز چترالی
Born (1970-04-25) 25 April 1970 (age 46)
Chitral, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan
Occupation Blogger for rights to Mother Language Education, Youth Development & Human Rights, Children, Youth, & Women Rights activist, Social worker, Urdu poet, Peace poet, Broadcast journalist
,author, Peace Advocate, & Pioneer of Khowar Wikipedia
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Khoshey
Citizenship Pakistan
Education M.A IS with specialisation in Quran and Tafseer, BLIS, LL.B, DISE, DIL, DIJ and Research in Pakistani Languages
Genre Ghazal; Free verse Nazm & Humorous poetry;
Notable works Guldasta-e-Rahmat, Guldan-e-Rahmat; Gul Afshaniat-e-Iqbal; Chitrali Grammer;Gulzokh, Khowar Wikipedia, Chitrali Keyboard, Khowar Unicodes; Khowar Vocabulary
Notable awards NP (Nominee), IIYA, IA(Germany), PNA from Journalist Foundation Pakistan, RSA[disambiguation needed], QYL Award (nominee), Shandoor Award; Chitral Human Development Award; SF; Children Literature Award; YSA; Dr.A.Q.Khan Gold Medal 2015, AFRCS, SL

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Rehmat Aziz Chitrali (Urdu: رحمت عزیز چترالی ‎) Gold Medalist, World Record holder[1] IIA, IIA(Germany), PNA SF; YSA; AFRCS, SL also widely regarded as Mohsin-e-Lisaniyaat (Urdu: محسن لسانیات‎; lit. "Benefactor of Languages"), more popularly known as Rahmat Chitralvi,[2][3] 25 April 1970) is an Urdu and Khowar poet, from Chitral, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan. He works as journalist, columnist, linguist[4] TV show host and Khowar language political analyst.[5] Chitrali was at the forefront of the Khowar Language Movement and was most active between 1990 to 2012.

Hailing from the precariously located valley of Mirandeh Khot, the linguist and poet has devoted a large part of his life to writing about his local landscape and has highlighted issues of education, human rights and language preservation through his penmanship.

Rehmat Aziz’s interview to Myra Iqbal, The Express Tribune with The New York Times،[6]’’

Rehmat is a Pakistani intellectual, Human Rights Activist, Youth Activist and linguist. He was among the foremost authorities on Mother Language Education and languages of Pakistan. He invented a multilingual text editor for Pakistan’s forty languages which can be used to type as many as forty languages of Pakistan with a single plate from. Throughout his career, Chitrali held various positions and international fellowships, apart from developing software for Pakistani languages, he is particularly known for linguistic work on mother languages spoken in Pakistan. He is also the recipient of various national, international and awards in Pakistan. As a prolific linguist, he is able to speak, read and write many local and international languages and dialects. He is the former President of Anjuman-e-Tarraqui-e-Khowar, and Khowar Academy. He is working as Host & Anchor of the Khowar language Television programme, Chitraro Hawaz (Voice of Chitral, Urdu: چترال کی آواز ‎), at the AVT Khyber Media Group[7] and also writes Khowar News for Khyber News TV and hosts Chetraro Hawaaz on Khyber News.Previously he has worked in PTV's programme Sunday Brunch[8] with Rashid Sammi. He has written many books on prose and poetry. His poetry work has been appreciated by poets and writers of Pakistan.[9] Rehmat, an ethnic Chitrali, graduated in BLIS, with an MA degree and LL.B degree, to become the first Khoshey LL.M Degree holder of Khot Valley. He scored highest marks in the all the exams from Matriculation to M.A.LL.B .

Children will pick up English and Urdu in school but they will never learn their own regional languages unless their parents make an effort to teach them at home, “shares the linguist, who has penned more than 500 articles and 40 books, and participated in the first ever Khowar Language current affairs show on Khyber News Television earlier in 2008.For languages to survive, they must be employed within the creative fields of literature and television, he believes.

interview to The Express Tribune with The New York Times[6]’’

He received an Associate Fellowship from Royal Commonwealth Society, (Great Britain) in 2015. During the same year, Chitrali received Yasirullah Shaheed Award and International Innovation Award .In 1992, he was appointed President Anuman-e-Tarraqui-e-Khowar Karachi. He remained Chairman of the Khowar Academy. In 1999, Aziz became Honorary Managing Editor of Chitral Vision newspaper.

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali is a prominent Urdu and Khowar poet and children’s book author from Chitral, in the Kyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North-West Frontier) province of Pakistan. He works as journalist, columnist, linguist and TV show host and Khowar language analyst. While living in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during the Taliban regime, Rehmat created Khowar Wikipedia on the internet and wrote Khowar language articles on topics the Taliban discouraged, namely education, human rights, women’s rights and the preservation of regional languages in northern Pakistan.

UNDP & N-Peace Network،[10]’’

Biography[edit]

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali was born in Chitral, Pakistan. He studied at Federal University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad Pakistan and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He settled in Karachi, Pakistan in 1985. He moved to Islamabad after his marriage to Hashima Chitrali a Chitral-based teacher in 2007.

Education[edit]

Rehmat Aziz receiving Shandoor Journalism and Literature Award from Prince Mohiuddin

Chitrali studied until 10th in Khot Valley Torkhow. For further studies he was sent to Booni at Khandaan where he got admission into the Government Inter College, Booni.

After passing his F.A examination from this college, he went to Karachi to pursue a higher education. He passed his Master Degree in Islamic Studies with specialisation in Quran and Tafseer, LL.B. and Library and Information Degree.[11]

Rehmat Aziz Receiving Dr.A.Q.Khan Gold Medal & Award 2015 at Islamabad
Group Photo of Gold Medalist with Rahmat Aziz

Career[edit]

Rehmat in traditional Chitrali dress

Chitrali came into the spotlight with his program Chetraro Hawaz the Chitrali language's longest-running current affairs TV show. His show carried interviews with prominent people from politics, civil life, literature and culture. Politicians who were interviewed on Chetraro Hawaz included Prince of Chitral Mohiuddin, former Member National Assembly Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Qazi Fazal Elahi, Wing Commandar Fardad Ali Shah, Educationist Syed Wali Shah, Social Worker Sultan Mehmood Minister for population and Welfare Government of Khyber Pakhtun khwa Saleem Khan, PTV Producer Habib-ur-Rahman, and Ismaili Religious Scholar Syed Amir Shah.[12]

The new generation of parents who have settled in larger cities are hesitant to teach their children regional languages because of a deep-rooted complex,” he expresses. “We must stress on the need to embrace heritage, and preserve Pakistani culture in its nuanced and unique whole.

Aziz’s interview to Express Tribune with The New York Times،[6]’’

During his editorship in Shandoor Magazine at Karachi, Aziz worked as a Secretary General of Chitral Welfare Association. Later, in 2000 he became Managing Editor at the Chitral Vision. In 2001, he translated Khowar literature into Urdu language for M.Phil students and research scholars of Allama Iqbal Open university, Islamabad. Over the span of his career, Chitrali has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Great Britain (2015).

Chetraro Hawaz – Khyber News TV[edit]

Khowar Text Editor by Rahmat Aziz

In April 2009, Chitrali joined Khyber News TV, at AVT Khyber TV, he hosted the show, Chetraro Hawaz (Voice of Chitral). Due to his open criticism of the corrupt politicians, terrorists and taliban on the show, R. A. Chitrali became a problem for the regime.[12]

Khowar Academy[edit]

In 1996 a literary organisation named "Khowar Academy" was formed to promote the language of Chitral and for the rights of the people of Chitral District. He is the president of this organisation and is an active participant. During this time he briefly held the office of President of Anjuman-e-Tarraquir-e-Khowar in Karachi. The Khow youth elected Chitrali as General Secretary of this organisation while Ali Afsar Jan Advocate was the President. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali resigned from his designation to promote the new organisation. Afraid of the popularity of the Anjuman, the anti-chitralis conspired against the Organization.

Literary career[edit]

The candour and frankness of his highly-charged poems is unusual for a young generation writing in Urdu and Khowar language and he has gained a committed national audience, performing at large poetry gatherings in Pakistan. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali wrote poems in Chitrali, Urdu and Khowar language. Most of his poems are in Khowar and Urdu languages. He was good friends with Ahmad Faraz. Once Faraz Sahib was the managing director of National Book Foundation offered to translate Rehmat Aziz's poems in Urdu but Rehmat Aziz turned down the offer. Most of Rehmat Aziz's Urdu poetry was written between 1985–2012. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali's Urdu and Khowar poetry is filled with revolutionary and anti-imperialist themes and it reflects his progressive nature and socialist ideals. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali is very much against the class differences that prevailed at that time, and still do. His poems exhibit his dislike for the chauvinistic attitude of the rich towards the poor.[13]

In pursuit of his passion for linguistics, Rehmat Aziz Khan Chitrali, the man behind the first-ever virtual Khowar language keyboard has achieved yet another remarkable feat — a software that allows typing in some 40 local languages. The 44-year-old is an eminent poet, writer, linguist and researcher renowned not just in his native Chitral district but across the country for his immense work for the promotion of local languages, particularly Khowar, his mother tongue.

Shabbir Mir, The Express Tribune with The New York Times،[14]’’
Rehmat receiving Pride of the Nation Gold Medal & Award from journalist Tazeen Akhtar

Troyki is a form of Khowar/Chitrali poetry initiated by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali. Unlike sher, a Troyki consists of three "hemistichs" (misras). The first two are complete in themselves but the addition of the third misra gives a new dimension.[15]

Example of poetry[edit]

An example of Rachitrali's Troyki:

اللہ مہ خودای تہ نام رحمان دی رحیم دی
تو غفار دی، غفورالرحیم دی
کرم کوس اسپہ سورا تو رب کریم دی
Transliteration
Allah ma khodai, ta nam Rahman di Raheem di
tu ghaffar di, ghafoor-ur-Raheem di
karam kos ispa sora tu Rabb-e-Karim di !!
Translation
O my Allah! Your name is Rahman and Raheem
You are Ghaffar also, and you are Ghafoor-ur-Raheem
O Allah Help us, you are Rabb-e-Karim

Yak Misraee Nazm[edit]

Allama Iqbal's poetry translated into English and Khowar language by Rehmat Aziz Chitrali

Yak Misraee Nazm (Urdu:یک مصرعی نظم) is a part of the Khowar and Urdu poetry, that is normally written in one verse. Nazm has many different forms as, Yak Misraee Nazm is a form of Khowar/Chitrali poetry and Urdu poetry initiated by the khowar poet Rehmat Aziz Chitrali. Unlike sher, a Yak Misraee Nazm consists of one verse only.[16] He is a member of younger generation of male poets. His experience of living in Karachi shows a notable impact on a significant number of poems. Living through Diaspora has increased the complexity of his poems and reinforced his sense of male identity and introduced a new revolution against restraint of creative writers in Pakistani society. In 1999, the Ministry of Culture, of Pakistan published his book, Gul Afshaniat-e-Iqbal (Versified Khowar Language translation of Allama Iqbal's Poetry). Chitrali is also credited with authoring Khowar and Urdu humorous poetry. These works were published by Khowar Academy in 1996.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

Chitrali wrote many books on history, phonology, research and poetry and translated several works from other languages into Khowar and Urdu.[18]

Children Literature Award

Own poetry[edit]

In addition to studying classic poets like Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Ibn-e-Insha and sufi poets like Allama Iqbal, Buley Shah, Rehman Baba and Khushal Khan Khatak he has written his own poetry of Khowar language, of which there are around 500 ghazals.[5][19]

One of his early poems, which won the attention of Khowar poets during a khowar mushaira by ATK for young poets when Aziz was 25 years old, was:

ھردی یہ عزیزو مو ٹیر دک مشکل
مہ درد لادوا ھمو گیر دک مشکل

ھردیو لووان دومان ریکو ضمیر نو نو ران
ھتوعو سار بشار گانیکو ھتے کورظاھیر نو نو ران

ھانیسے مہ حالو کھیوت بشار گانس عزیز
کا ھو دوواھرتہ نیشیتای ھسے روپھیکو روخڅیتای

 

The tumultuous heart Aziz does not settle down no matter what
Perhaps there is no resolve to this pain of love.

Self-pride kept from telling the condition of my heart
She did keep asking but we just couldn't tell.

Why are you asking the condition of Aziz from me;
Once he sat down at her doorsill, he just couldn't get up.

—Rehmat Aziz Chitrali[20]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

Among other national and international awards, he received, Tamgha-e-Chitral, Shandoor Award, Chitral Human Development Award, Rising Star Award, International Innovation Award(Germany), Innovative Initiative Award, Yasirullah Shaheed Award, Pride of the Nation Award & Gold Medal, Dr.A.Q.Khan Gold Medal & Award in 2015 from the Nazriya Pakistan Council Government of Pakistan. Rehmat Aziz Chitrali was awarded SI for Children Literature by Ministry of Education Government of Pakistan and National Book Foundation for his literary services.[21]

Books and publications[edit]

  • Guldan-e-Rahmat- گلدان رحمت
  • Guldasta-e-Rahmat- گلدستہء رحمت
  • Versified Khowar translation of Iqbal’s poetry- کلام اقبال کا منظوم کھوار ترجمہ
  • Gulshan-e-Khowar- گلشن کھوار
  • Khowar Ramooz-e-Auqaaf- کھوار رموز اوقاف
  • Gulzokh - گلځوخ
  • Gul-o-Bulbul - گل و بلبل
  • Urdu Vocabulary- اردو ذخیرہ الفاظ
  • Khowar Vocabulary - کھوار ذخیرہ الفاظ
  • Shina Primer- شینا قاعدہ
  • Balti Primer - بلتی قاعدہ
  • Kalasha Primer - کالاشہ قاعدہ
  • Khowar Primer - کھوار قاعدہ
  • Punjabi Qaida پنجابی قاعدہ
  • Hindko Primer - ہندکو قاعدہ
  • Khowar Calligraphy - کھوار خوشخظی
  • Urdu Primer - اردو قاعدہ
  • Sindhi Primer - سندھی قاعدہ
  • Balochi Primer - بلوچی قاعدہ
  • Brahui Primer - براہوی قاعدہ
  • Saraiki Primer - سرائیکی قاعدہ
  • Khowar closed class worlds کھوار کلوزڈ کلاس ورڈز
  • Chitrali Conversation - چترالی اردو بول چال
  • Chitrali Grammer - چترالی گرامر
  • Khowar Hamd - حمد و ثنائے رب جلیل
  • Khowar Keyboard - کھوار کلیدی تختہ
  • Khowar letters - کھوار کغاز
  • Khowar Calendar - کھوار کلینڈر
  • Khowar Time - کھوار وخت
  • Khowar Counting Book - کھوار ای جو
  • Kalasha Calligraphy Book - کالاشہ خوشخطی
  • Balti Calligraphy - بلتی خوشخطی
  • Sindhi Calligraphy - سندھی خوشخطی
  • Khowar Dictionary - کھوار ڈکشنری(الف)
  • Environmental Primer - ماحولی قاعدہ

[22] [23]

Year Awards and Gold Medals Description Country
2000 Shandoor Awards Awarded by Shandoor Trust (Regd) for preservation and promotion of Khowar Language  Pakistan
2006 Chitral Human Development Awards Awarded by CHDWO Karachi for promotion of language and culture documentation  Pakistan
March 2011 Sanad-e-Lisaniyaat Awarded by mylanguages.org for promotion & preservation of Khowar and Urdu languages of Pakistan For promotion and preservation of Khowar and Urdu languages in Pakistan  Australia
March 2013 Sanad-e-Fazeelat Awarded by Dawah Academy International Islamic University, Islamabad for promotion of Children literature  Pakistan
2014 Innovative Initiative Awards Awarded by Innovative Youth Forum, Swat Pakistan  Pakistan[24]
2014 N-Peace Award (Nominee) Nominated by N-Peace Network and UNDP  Sweden[25]
2014 Pride of the Nation Gold Medal Awards Awarded by Journalist Foundation Pakistan for outstanding services of languages of Pakistan  Pakistan
2014 International Innovation Awards Awarded by Haji Shareef Educational and literary Academy Germany awarded Rehmat Aziz Chitrali with International Innovation Award۔  Germany[26]
2014 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards (Nominee) Nominated The Royal Commonwealth Society London The Royal Commonwealth Society Great Britain London nominated Rehmat Aziz Chitrali for Queen’s Young Leaders Award ۔  England[27]
2015 N-Peace Award (Nominee) Nominated by UNDP  Sweden[28]
2015 Yasirullah Shaheed Awards Awarded by Tehreek-e-Jawanan-e-Pakistan Chitral Wing  Pakistan[29]
2015 Dr AQ Khan Gold Medals Awarded by Nazriya Pakistan Council, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad  Pakistan[30]
2015 Associate Fellows of The Royal Commonwealth Society of Great Britain Awarded by Royal Commonwealth Society Great Britain  United Kingdom
2015 Pakistan Youth Icon Awards Awarded by United Nations and Youth Revolution Clan, Pakistan  United Nations

Tribute of Pakistani media to Rehmat Aziz[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s Poetry
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  22. ^ رحمت_عزیز_چترالی_کی_کتابیں
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  24. ^ "Rehmat Aziz Chitrali gets Innovative Initiative Awards". 17 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "UNDP and N-Peace Network nominated Rehmat Aziz Chitrali's name for N-Peace Prize". 24 April 2014. 
  26. ^ http://outpost.pk/gilgit-baltistan/191-chitrali-gets-international-award.html
  27. ^ http://outpost.pk/culturem/210-another-award-chitrali-nominated-for-queen-s-young-leader-award.html
  28. ^ "UNDP and N-Peace Network nominated Rehmat Aziz Chitrali's name for N-Peace Prize". 13 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Rehmat Aziz gets Yasirullah Shaheed Award". 13 May 2015. 
  30. ^ "Rehmat Aziz gets Dr.A.Q.Khan Gold Medal Award". 23 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • [4] Rehmat Aziz sets World Record in Linguistics
  • Express Tribune Interview to Express Tribune with the New York Times
  • dardistantimes.com Dardistan Times report
  • pamirtimes.net Literary Circles demands Civil Award for Chitrali
  • [5] Spanish Article about Rehmat Aziz Chitrali’s life and works