malar (1955) is Amin Kamil's first collection of poems, replete
with themes cherished by the socialist progressive movement. Kamil
had just begun his career in Kashmiri. Young and enthusiastic, he
was like many of his contemporaries attracted by the movement's
promise of much needed social change in that era. But soon, like
most writers of his generation throughout India, he distanced himself
from the socialist agenda in writing and relied on his own creative
gifts. Within no time, Kamil became a beacon of modern thought and
sensibility in Kashmiri.
this collection, Kamil, having switched from Urdu, begins to have
a taste of Kashmiri verse, explores new rhythms and consciously
experiments with new forms and meters. There is an attempt, according
to Prof. Shafi Shauq, to bring Kashmiri poetic expression on par
with the standard Urdu poetry of that period. The collection of
poems represents themes such as hope, promise, rise of common man.
The book shows thematic and stylistic influences of Urdu including
Iqbal. Some of the popular pieces in this volume are sadaa
yi loy zamaanan sikandari mokley (ghazal); waqtuk
na kanh ti hoshaa paknuk na kanh ishaaraa (ghazal); aalav
tshe divan zindagi sochaan tshe khabar kyaa (ghazal); yarbaluk
sahar (nazam); zoon ta golaala
(nazam); rot mokal (sonnet).
Pieces like these have their intrinsic value and reverberate in
essence even in contemporary Kashmiri poetry.