Friday, November 2, 2012

Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi

Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi, (1925–1972) (Urdu: سید ناصر رضا كاظمی ) was an Urdu poet of Pakistan and one of the greatest poets of this era, especially in the use of "ista'aaray" and "chhotee beher". Kazmi was born on 8 December 1925 at Ambala, Haryana.

Education and career

Kazmi was educated at Ambala, Simla and Lahore. He returned to Ambala in 1945 and started looking after his ancestral land. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he came to Lahore.
He did some journalistic work with Auraq-e-Nau as an editor and became editor-in-chief of the magazine Humayun in 1952. Later he was associated with Radio Pakistan, Lahore and other literary publications and organisations.
Kazmi started his poetic life in 1940 by following the style of Akhtar Sherani and wrote romantic poems and sonnets. Later he began writing ghazals under the guidance of Hafeez Hoshyarpuri.He was a great admirer of Mir Taqi Mir and probably the melancholy and "Ehsaas-e-Mehroomi" in his poetry was a direct result of that admiration. His tutor in poetry was Hafeez Hoshyarpuri, who himself used a lot of symbols from nature in his poems.
Nasir used to hum his poetic verses and this humming was appealling to many of his readers / listeners.
He migrated from Ambala, India to Lahore Pakistan in August 1947. He also worked as a Staff Editor in Radio Pakistan. He used to sit at Tea House and wander at Mall Road, Lahore with his friends. He was fond of eating, wandering and enjoying life. Normally people take him as a sad poet but most of his poetry is based on romantic happiness and the aspect of hope. Few people know that he did some great translations of English poets, especially his translation of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by the title of "Brooklyn Ghaat Ke Paar" is a real masterpiece and worth reading.
His last four books were published after his death of stomach cancer in Lahore on 2 March 1972. A few days before his death, Kazmi said in a television interview with Intezaar Hussain:
'horse riding, hunting, wandering in a village, walk along the river side, visiting mountains etc. were my favourite pastimes and probably this was the time when my mind got nourishment for loving nature and getting close to the expression of poetry. All my hobbies are related with fine arts, like singing, poetry, hunting, chess, love of birds, love of trees etc ... I started poetry because I used to reflect that all the beautiful things those I see, and those in nature are not in my hands, and they go away from me. Few moments, that time which dies, cannot be made alive. I think can be alive in poetry, that is why I (Nasir) started poetry!'


  • Barg-e-Nae (1952)
  • Deewaan (1972)
  • Pehli Baarish (1975)
  • Nishat-e-Khwab (Collection of nazms, 1977)
  • Sur Ki Chhaya (Manzoom Drama, Katha 1981)
  • Khushk Chashme ke Kinare (Prose, 1982 edited by Basir Sultan Kazmi & Hassan Sultan Kazmi, New Edition 1990, essays, radio features, dialogues, editorials, last interview etc.)
  • Nasir Kazmi Ki Dairy (Chand Pareshan Kaghaz) (Autobiography, 1995 compiled by Hassan Sultan Kazmi)
  • Intekhab-e-Meer (Poetry 1989)
  • Intekhab-e-Nazeer (Poetry 1990)
  • Intekhab-e-Wali Dakni (Poetry 1991)
  • Intekhab-e-Insha (Poetry 1991)
  • Intekhabs of other poets

Famous ghazals and nazms

Kazmi's ghazals and nazams include:
  • "kaun is raah se guzartaa hai"
  • "terii zulfoN ke bikharne kaa sabab hai ko'ii"
  • "dukh kii lehar ne chheRaa hogaa"
  • "dil meN ek lehar sii uThii hai abhii"
  • "naaz-e-be-gaangii meN kyaa kuch thaa"
  • "O ! mere masruuf Khudaa"
  • "yaas meN jab kabhii aaNsuu niklaa"
  • "ko'ii jiye yaa ko'ii mare"
  • "be minnat-e-Khizr-e-raah rahnaa"
  • "dil dharaknay ka sabab yaad aya"
  • "jurm-e-inkaar kii sazaa hii de"
  • "jab raat gaye tiri yaad aayii, sau tareh se jii ko behlaaya"
  • "tere aane kaa dhokaa saa rahaa hai"
  • "tanhaa ishq ke khwaab na bun"
  • "fikr-e-taameer-e-aashiaN bhi hai"
  • "rang barsaat ne bhare kuch to"
  • "kise dekhein kahaaN dekha na jaye"
  • "karta use beqarar kuch der"
  • "wo dil nawaz hai lekin nazar shanaas nahi"
  • "Neeyat e shauq bhar na jaye kahiin"
  • "Banny Banaaye hue Rasston pe aa nekly"
  • "SoO gai Shahir ki har aik Galli"
  • "Apni Dhun Main Rehta hon"
  • "Kal Jinhen Zindgi thi Raas Buhaut"
  • "Aur Dil main kya rakha hai"
  • "Kya Zamana tha keh hum RoOz mila karty the"
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