Epic poem ‘Badarul Muneer Husnul Jamal’ marks 150th anniversary

Kondotty: The poem ‘Badarul Muneer Husnul Jamal’ which narrates a valiant story based on eternal love celebrates its 150th year. Poet Moyinkutty Vaidyar composed the poem when he was 20 years old in ‘Arabi-Malayalam’ language. The poem was composed based on a Persian novel penned by Khwaja Moinuddin Sha Shirazi.

Vaidhyar’s ‘Badarul Muneer Husnul Jamal’ questioned the patriarchal norms of society, even 17 years before Malayalam witnessed the birth of its first major novel ‘Indulekha’. The poem portrays a fictional love story between Husnul Jamal who was the daughter of King Mahazin of Ajmeer and minister Mazmir’s son Badarul Muneer.

The story of ‘Badarul Muneer Husnul Jamal’

Badarul Muneer and Husnul Jamal were close friends from childhood. Though the customs and traditions separated them from one another, the relationship grew along with them. But the King, who came to know about the relationship of Badarul Muneer with his beloved daughter, ordered Badarul Muneer to never step inside the palace.

When both lovers decide to run away together, a fisherman Abuzayyad secretly overheard the conversation and reported it to the minister, who later locked Badarul Muneer in his house.

Abuzayyad, who arrived in the guise of Badarul Muneer left the kingdom with the princess and only in the morning she came to know that she was betrayed. The story becomes more adventurous and curious when Husnul Jamal encounters supernatural forces and faces many odds, all to find her beloved Badarul Muneer. The poem ends when they both join and King Mahazin leaves his throne for Badarul Muneer.

Mappila Kala Academy has decided to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the epic poem at the end of June at Kozhikode. The academy will organise grand events, including musical concerts, seminars, plays and discussions in relation to the anniversary.

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