|Born||November 8, 1935|
Gujrat, Punjab province, British India (Present day Pakistan)
|Language||Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages|
|Alma mater||Government College University|
University of Punjab
Oriental College Punjab University
|Notable works||Humorous Poetry|
|Children||Muhammad Aqib, Muhammad Ammar Masood, Muhammad Jawad Azfar, Adeela Rashid and Leenah Hashir|
Anwar Masood (Urdu: انورمسعود), (born November 8, 1935) is a Pakistani poet known for his comic poetry. However, his works include other genres as well. He writes in Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages. His poetry is known for the unique use of everyday, commonplace phrases and wording that is instantly relatable for masses in the region. Numerous of his Punjabi lines and phrases have actually become a figure of speech in everyday conversations. The most prominent feature of his expression is the poignancy buried deep under the humor making his poetry one of its kind. The nuance of tragedy in his poems is a reflection of social injustice, discriminations and personal misfortunes of his characters. This is why he, himself commented: “Real laughter is one that sheds tears when squeezed”.
Anwar Masood received his elementary education in Gujrat and Lahore. His father Muhammad Azeem Moved to Lahore a few years before partition in 1947. After his elementary education in Gujrat and Lahore, he attended Watan High School on Brandreth Road, Lahore. Just before partition, the family moved back to Gujrat. It was here in Public High School Gujrat that Masood took his matriculation exam and passed his Secondary School Examination with flying colors in 1952. Conceding to the parents’ will to become a doctor, he took admission in FSc. Pre Medical in Zamindaar College, Gujrat. However, science was not his area of interest, so 2 years later, he again started his FA and earned a scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958, with distinction, topping the college and earning scholarship and Roll of Honor. His subjects in BA were History, Urdu Literature, Persian and English. Due to domestic problems he could not start his Masters right away and started teaching at Government Islamia High School in Kunjah, Punjab. In 1962, he became Gold Medalist in MA Persian and topped in the whole province. He was also a member of the visiting faculty of Government College University, Lahore in the Department of Humanities. He retired from the teaching profession in 1996.
Anwar Masood married his former classmate Qudrat Ilahi Siddiqa in 1965. His wife also taught Persian at Government College, 6th Road Rawalpindi. Together they have 5 children; 3 sons and 2 daughters: Muhammad Aqib, Muhammad Ammar Masood, Muhammad Jawad Azfar, Adeela Rashid and Leenah Hashir.
Masood is a multilingual poet of Urdu and Punjabi. His most popular poetry is in Punjabi. His poetry gives the message of the original and pure culture of Punjab. Masood is a unique Punjabi poet who is popular among the masses. The way he has described the different aspects of life in his poetry have never been described before. Some of his poems are so popular that wherever he goes in the Punjab, people like to listen to them again and again. The most popular among them are Anar Kali Diyan Shanan, Aj Kee Pakaeay, Banyan, Juman Bazaar, Jehlum Dey Pul Tey, Ambri and many others. Anwar Masood has performed and given live recitations of his poetry among many international communities and is popular worldwide. A poem reviewer has said about him,"He is a poet that has the rare gift of being able to take a very serious subject and make it light and entertaining".
Books and Publications
- Mela Akhiyan Da (Punjabi poetry)
- Hun ki kariye (Punjabi poetry)
- Qataa Kalami (Urdu poetry)
- Ik dareecha, ik chiragh (Urdu poetry)
- Shaakh e tabassum (Essays on humorous poets)
- Darpesh (Humorous Poetry)
- Taqreeb (Anthology of essays presented in various ceremonies)
- Ghuncha phir laga khilnay (Humorous poetry)
- Siddiqa Anwar ke naam (Collection of letters addressed to wife)
- Saif ul muluk (Urdu Translation in prose)
- Meli Meli Dhoop (Poetry on environment)
- Baat se baat (Compilation of radio talks)
- Bariyaab (Collection of Naats in Urdu, Punjabi and Persian)
- Kuch urdu kuch Punjabi (Urdu and Punjabi poetry)
- Payan Safar Neest (Persian poetry)
- Farsi Adab ke chand goshay (Research work)
- "ہالینڈ کی خپریں". Daily Dharti in Urdu language. Retrieved 13 Dec 2016.
- "An exclusive Interview with Anwar Massood for the first time on the Internet". Contact Pakistan.com. Retrieved 13 Dec 2016.
- http://knonie.blogspot.com/2010/05/punjabi-poem-ambri-mother-by-anwar.html, Anwar Masood's poem 'Ambri' (1972) with English translation, Retrieved 13 Dec 2016
- Ambri (poem), Retrieved 13 Dec 2016
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), Special Night with poet Anwar Masood, Daily Times newspaper, 15 November 2012 issue, Lahore, Pakistan, Retrieved 13 Dec 2016
- http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Nov-2016/anwar-masood-enthrals-audience, The Nation newspaper, Published 19 Nov 2016, Retrieved 13 Dec 2016
- http://www.pashaurasinghdhillon.com/featured/know-your-poets-anwar-masood/, Profile of poet Anwar Masood by Pashaura Singh Dhillon, Retrieved 13 Dec 2016
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anwar Masood.|
- Audio-recorded poetry of Anwar Masood , Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA) website, Retrieved 13 Dec 2016