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Nazeer Akbarabadi

1735 - 1830 | Agra, India

One of the most prominent classical Urdu poets who wrote extensively on Indian culture & festivals. Contemporary of Miir Taqi Miir.Famous for his poems on Holi, Diwali and other festivals.

One of the most prominent classical Urdu poets who wrote extensively on Indian culture & festivals. Contemporary of Miir Taqi Miir.Famous for his poems on Holi, Diwali and other festivals.

Pen Name : 'Nazeer'

Real Name : Shekh Wali Muhammad

Died : 16 Aug 1830

LCCN :n88012870

duur se aa.e the saaqī sun ke mai-ḳhāne ko ham

bas taraste chale afsos paimāne ko ham

dur se aae the saqi sun ke mai-KHane ko hum

bas taraste hi chale afsos paimane ko hum

Nazir Akbarabadi was an 18th century Indian poet. His father was Mohammad Farooq and his mother was the daughter of Nawab Sultan Khan, the governor of Agra Fort. Six hundred of his ghazals have been published, though he is more admired for his nazms and owes his popularity to them. His nazms reflect various aspects of the daily life of the common man and all types of religious and social events of his period. He was considered the “Father of Urdu Nazm”. In spite of being a multi-faceted poet, he was never associated with any royal court. He maintained a distance from the major centres of Urdu poetry but, freely mingled with the common people. Absence of the "elite" element was the reason for his genius not being acknowledged during his lifetime. However, despite this neglect, his poetic treasure is still available and his poems, like “Banjaranama” (chronicle of a nomad/gypsy), “Kaljug nahin karjug hai ye”, “Aadmi Nama” (chronicle of man), etc., enjoy timeless glory in school books and among the diehard fans of Urdu poetry. He died in 1830 in Agra.