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Naji Shakir

1690 - 1744 | Delhi, India

One of the earliest poets at Delhi who laid the foundations of Urdu poetry. He witnessed the destruction Delhi during Nadir Shah's invasion.

One of the earliest poets at Delhi who laid the foundations of Urdu poetry. He witnessed the destruction Delhi during Nadir Shah's invasion.

Real Name : Mohammad Shakir

Mohammad Shakir poetically surnamed Naji was a syed and a soldier by profession. He was a contemporary of Aabruu, Hatim and Wali and flourished in the reign of Mohammad Shah. He was present at the devastation of Delhi by Nadir Shah of which he has left a very vivid account in a mukhammas. He was very amiable, fond of jokes and had the habit of criticizing everybody. Miir writes that he used to compose obscene verses, and recite them to people thus exciting them to hilarity without laughing himself. He commonly employed the double meaning in his verses. He wrote in a metaphorical and obscure style which distinguishes him from other poets of that time. Aabru has acknowledged his talents as a poet and compliments him on writing verses better than himself.