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Ibn-e-Insha ابنِ اِنشا
BornSher Muhammad Khan
شیر محمد خان
(1927-06-15)15 June 1927
Phillaur, now in Jalandhar district, Punjab, British India
Died11 January 1978(1978-01-11) (aged 50)
London, England
buried in Karachi, Pakistan
Pen nameInsha
OccupationUrdu poet, humorist, Travelogue writer and newspaper columnist

Ibn-e-Insha (Urdu: اِبنِ اِنشا ‎), (Punjabi, ابن انشا‬) born Sher Muhammad Khan (Urdu: شیر مُحمّد خان ‎), (Punjabi, شیر محمد خان‬) on 15 June 1927, died on 11 January 1978,[1][2][3] was a Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded as one of the best humorists of Urdu.[1][3] His poetry has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages, and his forms and poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets.[2][4][5]


Insha was born in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar District, Punjab, India.[1][3] His father hailed from Rajasthan.[6] In 1946, he received his B.A. degree from Punjab University and subsequently, his M.A. from University of Karachi in 1953.[1][3] He was associated with various governmental services including Radio Pakistan, the Ministry of Culture and the National Book Centre of Pakistan.[2][3] He also served the UN for some time[2] and this enabled him to visit many places, all of which served to inspire the travelogues he would then pen.[1][3] Some of the places he visited include Japan, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, UK and the United States.[2][3] His teachers included Habibullah Ghazenfar Amrohvi, Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Dr. Abdul Qayyum. In the late 1940s, in his youth years, Ibn-e-Insha had also lived together with the renowned film poet Sahir Ludhianvi in Lahore for a short period. He was also active in the Progressive Writers Movement.[4] Ibn-e-Insha spent the remainder of his life in Karachi[4] before he died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma on 11 January 1978, while he was in London. He was later buried in Karachi, Pakistan.[3][4] His son, Roomi Insha was a Pakistani director until his death on 16 October 2017.[7][8]

Literary career[edit]

Insha is considered to be one of the best poets and writers of his generation.[3][4] His most famous ghazal Insha Ji Utthoo Ab Kooch Karo (Rise oh Insha Ji, and let us set off ) is an influential classic ghazal.[4][5] Ibn-e-Insha had written several travelogues, showcasing his sense of humor[3][4] and his work has been appreciated by both Urdu writers and critics.[3][4] He also translated a collection of Chinese poems into Urdu in 1960.[3][5][3]



  • Inshaji uttho ab kooch karo, اِنشا جی اُٹھو اب کوچ کرو sung by Ustad Amanat Ali Khan[9]
  • Kal Chaudavi ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha tera, کل چودھویں کی رات تھی شب بھر رہا چرچا تیرا sung by Jagjit Singh[10]
  • Is Basti Key Ik Koochey Mainاِس بستی کے اِک کوچے میں[3]
  • Chand Nagar چاند نگر[3]
  • Dil-e-Wehshi دلِ وحشی[3]
  • Billo Ka Basta بِلو کا بستہ (Rhymes for Children)


  • Awara Gard Ki Diary آوارہ گرد کی ڈائری
  • Dunya Gol Hey دنیا گول ہے[3]
  • Ibn Battuta Kay Taqub mien ابنِ بطوطہ کے تعاقب میں
  • Chaltay Ho To Cheen Ko Chaliye چلتے ھو تو چِین کو چلیے[3]
  • Nagri Nagri Phira Musafar نگری نگری پِھرا مسافر[3]


  • Aap se kya Parda
  • Khumar e Gandum
  • Urdu Ki Aakhri Kitaab (1971)[3][11]
  • Khat Insha Jee Kay Collection of letters [3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e http://allpoetry.com/Ibne-Insha, Profile of Ibn-e-Insha on allpoetry.com website, Retrieved 21 June 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ibn-e-Insha: nagri nagri phira musafir". Pakistaniat.com website. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "34th death anniversary of Ibn-e-Insha today". Dunya News.TV. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "On Ibn-e-Insha and Nazarul Islam's death anniversaries". Pakistan Today.com.pk. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c http://www.poemhunter.com/ibn-e-insha/biography/, Biography of Ibn-e-Insha on poemhunter.com website, Retrieved 21 June 2016
  6. ^ Fatima, Sana (12 January 2016). "'Ibn-e-Insha was my hero'". The Nation. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Nation will always remember great sacrifices of martyrs: CM – Daily Times". Daily Times. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Son of Ibne Insha passes away, reason of death revealed – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DddxcQkmUxw, Ibn-e-Insha poem sung by Ustad Amanat Ali Khan on YouTube, Retrieved 21 June 2016
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c5wgNbICUA, Ibn-e-Insha poem sung by Jagjit Singh on YouTube, Retrieved 21 June 2016
  11. ^ http://apnaorg.com/columns/ahameed/column-52.html, Ibn-e-Insha article on Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA) website, Retrieved 21 June 2016
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDJe6CpD8k, Pride of Performance Award info for Ibn-e-Insha on YouTube, Retrieved 22 June 2016

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