Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Sahar

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Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Sahar
Born March 9, 1909
Sahiwal, Punjab, British India
Died july 18, 1998[1]
Occupation Poet

Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi (Urdu: کنور مہیندرا سنگھ بیدی سحر‎) pen name Sahar was an Indian Urdu poet.[2][3] The Times of India called him a "noted Urdu poet".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sahar was born in Sahiwal, Punjab, British India in March 9, 1909[5] now in Pakistan and after Partition of India-Pakistan his family shifted to Fazilka, India


His poetry is varied and includes traditional themes of love and yearning but also themes of unity, peace between India and Pakistan and humor. His poetry is considered to belong to the same transreligious and transnational tradition as that of other well-known poets from the Indian subcontinent such as Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Ahmad Faraz.[6]

Sahar's first book of poetry was T̤ulūʻ-i saḥar (1962)[7] (translation "Advent of Daybreak"; the title is a play on words as pen name "Sahar", in Urdu means daybreak). In 1983, he published a collection of autobiographical poetry titled Yādon̲ kā jashn ("A Celebration of Memories").[8]

An international event to celebrate his poetry, called Jashan-e-Sahar ("A celebration for Sahar"), was held in the U.A.E. in 1992.[9]


An example of his use of humor to make a serious point is the following Ruba'i:

Waiz ki jawani bhi kiya shaiy hai khuda rakhay
yeh waqaf e aghaz o anjam nahi hoti
youn lazat e duniya se mehromi o nakami
Allah ki lathi mein awaz nahi hoti

The preacher's youth is something to behold
it does not know a beginning or an end
this abstention from the joys of life
God's punishment is indeed silent

Kanwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Award[edit]

An award was created in his honor known as the Kanwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Award, presented by Haryana Urdu Akademi. It has included a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, a Shawl, memento and citation.[10][11]


See also[edit]


  • T̤ulūʻ-i saḥar, 1962 ("Advent of Daybreak")
  • Yādon̲ kā jashn, 1983 ("A Celebration of Memories")


  1. ^ https://rekhta.org/poets/mahendra-singh-bedi-sahar/profile?lang=ur
  2. ^ "Songs sound like jingles today: Jagjit". Daily Tribune India. 2002-04-19. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Fazilka gears up for heritage fest". Daily Tribune India. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "GURGAON: THEN AND NOW". The Times of India. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ https://rekhta.org/poets/mahendra-singh-bedi-sahar/profile?lang=ur
  6. ^ pg 157, Reliving karbala by S A Hyder, ISBN 978-019-537302-8
  7. ^ LCC number PK2200.B4 T8
  8. ^ Yādon̲ kā jashn, Library of Congress control number 86930258. Last accessed September 19, 2012
  9. ^ Jashne Sahar: mushaira, Library of Congress control number 92930332. Last accessed September 20, 2012
  10. ^ a b "Hali Award to Shamsur Rahman Faruqi". Urdustan.com newsdesk. 
  11. ^ "State Awards". Haryana Urdu Akademi. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Heads of Department". University of Delhi. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Awards". The Mill Gazette. June 26, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 

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