Dilawar Figar

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Dilawar Figar (Urdu: دلاور فگار ‎)
Born Dilawar Hussain
8 July 1929[1]
Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, British India
Died January 25, 1998(1998-01-25) (aged 68)[1]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Urdu poet
Known for humor and satire in his poetry
Awards Pride of Performance Award in 1999[2]

Dilawar Figar, (1929–1998) was a noted humorist, poet and scholar of Pakistan. He was known as Shehansha-e-Zarafat (King of humor) and Akbar-e-Sani for his satire and humour.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Dilawar Figar was born as Dilawar Hussain on July 8, 1929 in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, British India. He received his early education in his hometown, and later joined Agra University where he received his M.A. degree in (Urdu). He also did his M.A. in (English) and M.A. in (Economics). Dilawar Figar associated himself with the teaching profession.[1]

He migrated to Pakistan from India in 1968 and settled in Karachi. He joined Abdullah Haroon College as a teacher, where the renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was the principal at that time. Figar taught Urdu literature there. He also worked for Karachi Development Authority as an Assistant Director-Town Planning. He died on January 25, 1998 in Karachi at age 68.[1]

Contribution to Urdu literature[edit]

Figar started writing in 1942 at the age of fourteen and soon got help of fellow writers, Maulvi Jam Nawai Badayuni, Maulana Jami Badayuni. His literary work contain Ghazals, humorous poems, and their translation in English:

  • Mein Vote Kis Ko Doon ?- This witty poem became very popular during the 1970 General Elections in Pakistan[1]
  • Haadisay (collections of Ghazals)
  • Sitam Zarifiañ (collections of humor poetry)
  • Shamat-e-Aamaal (collections of humor poetry)[3]
  • Aadaab Arz (collections of humor poetry)
  • Assar-e-Nau (collections of humor)
  • Unglian Figar Apni (collections of humor poetry)[3]
  • Matla Arz Hai (collections of humor poetry)
  • Century (collections of humor poetry)
  • Khuda Jhoot Na Bulwa'ay (collections of humor poetry)[3]
  • Chiragh-e-Khandañ (collections of humor poetry)
  • Aaina-e-Raghib (125 rubaiyaat of Raghib Muradabadi)
  • Khushbu Ka Safar (translation of selected English and American poetry)
  • Khoob Tar Kahan (translation of 'Why Not the Best' – biography of President Jimmy Carter)
  • Aabshar-e-Noor (poetic explanation of Sura Fatiha)
  • Sila-e-Shaheed Kia Hai ? (poetic biography of recipients of Nishan-e-Haider martyrs)
  • Fi Sabeel Lillah (collections of humor poetry)
  • Kaha Suna Maaf Karna (collections of humor poetry)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f http://www.dawn.com/news/1070847/dawn-features-january-22-2008#1, Poet Dilawar Figar on Dawn newspaper, Published 22 Jan 2008, Retrieved 24 Dec 2016
  2. ^ http://pakistantimesusa.net/pakistan/figar-being-remembered-today/, Dilawar Figar's Pride of Performance Award info listed on pakistantimesusa.net website, Retrieved 24 Dec 2016
  3. ^ a b c https://rekhta.org/poets/dilawar-figar/profile, Profile of Dilawar Figar on rekhta.org website, Retrieved 24 Dec 2016

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