Munawwar Rana

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Munawwar Rana
Born Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Poet, writer

Munawwar Rana (Urdu: منور رانا, Hi: मुनव्वर राना) (born 1952) is an Urdu poet. He is known[by whom?] to be a poet who uses Hindi and Awadhi words in the couplets. He is known for his Urdu couplets praising mother. He is considered[by whom?] to be one of the most successful poets at Mushairas and is popular outside India also.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

He hails from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh but spent most of his life in Kolkata.


Munnawar Rana published his poetry not only in Urdu but also in Hindi and Bengali. The notable feature of his poetry is that he used the genre of ghazal to eulogise mother[3] which is unique, as ghazal was considered a poetic form in which lovers' conversed with each other. He avoids using flowery language and shuns chaste Urdu in his couplets, which is a reason that he is successful in poetic meetings in non-Urdu areas also. He performs poetry on stage as well.

He had a public spat with poet Bashir Badr at a public function in February 2006.[4]

Apart from his poetry collection, Rana has also penned a memoir. One recent performance was at Culrav, the cultrural event of NIT Allahabad, in 2012.


Yeh Aisa Karz Hai Jo Main Ada Kar hi Nahi.n Sakta
Main Jab tak Ghar na Lautu.n meri Maa Sajde Rehti hai

Personal life[edit]

Munnawar Rana is married and lives in Lucknow.[5]



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