Naresh Kumar Shad

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Naresh Kumar Shad
نریش کُمار شاد
Naresh Kumar

11 December 1927.
Delhi, India, in 1969.
OccupationJournalism, Government service
Known forNazms, Ghazals , Journalist, Qat'aa

Naresh Kumar Shad (1927-1969) (Urdu: نریش کُمار شاد ) (Hindi: नरेश कुमार शाद ) was a renowned Urdu Ghazal and writer of Qat'aa and Rubai.


Naresh Kumar Shad was born in Ahiyapur, Urmar Tanda, District Hoshiarpur on 11 December 1927.[1] His father Nauhariya Ram Dard Nakodari was a prominent and well known Urdu journalist and poet writer very famous back in those days. Having born to a Bhalla family of Nakodar a small Kasba type of a town in Jallandhar, he inherited fluent use of Urdu and Persian from his father. Naresh Kumar Shad did his high school from Govt. High School Chunian,His wife name was Varsha Shad and couple had son, Rakesh Shad. Kartik and Akash Shad are their grand children. He got Government job and was posted at Rawalpindi and later on transferred to Jallandhar. He was only 22 years old when his first poetry collection book named Dastak was published by a small publisher in Jallandhar in August 1950. Earlier on he used to write under the pen-name of Shad Nakodari, Nakodar being his hometown but later on as he explained in his book named Wijdan in 1966, he chose not to use his hometown in pen-name and chose Shad as his pen-name. His first book named Dastak was very popular in Urdu shayari circles and Shad got instant shot at popularity with its success. By far, his only close rival from Punjab was Sahir Ludhianvi.

Rare 1965 photo-print of an informal gathering of poets/writers at the residence of Zia Fatehabadi.Seen left to right :- Naresh Kumar Shad, Kailash Chander Naaz, Talib Dehalvi, Khushtar Girami, Balraj Hairat, Saghar Nizami, Talib Chakwali, Munavvar Lakhnavi, Malik Ram, Jainendra Kumar, Zia Fatehabadi, Rishi Patialvi, Bahar Burney, Joginder Pal, Unwan Chishti and Krishan Mohan.

Literary career[edit]

Naresh Kumar Shad was a disciple of Labhu Ram Josh Malsiyani (1883-1976) who was a disciple of Nawab Mirza Daagh Dehalvi.[2] He wrote ghazals which had become very popular even when he was alive [3] but his forte was Qat'aa and Rubai. His two collections of poetry, Qashen and Kalaam e Muntakhab[4] were published during his lifetime. After his demise Naresh Kumar Shad Memorial Committee in the year 1970 published Shad Namah that contained his poems and articles appraising his literary output. Later on, Shad ki Shayari [5] Shad aur Akhtar ki shayari [6] and Adabi latife [7] came to light.


  • Lalkar
  • Dastak
  • Qashen
  • Wijdan
  • Shad Namah
  • Shad aur uski Shayari


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  2. ^ Google Books Book titled – “Josh Malsiyani” written by Bhupinder Aziz Parihar, published in 2004 by Sahitya Akademi ISBN 8126019336 Postscript by Dard Nakodari on page 57
  3. ^ " Master couplets of Urdu " Poetry by K.C.Kanda 2002 Ed. p.269
  4. ^ Indian literature Vol.14 published by Sahitya Akademi p.64
  5. ^ Published by Star Publications
  6. ^ Published by Diamond Books ISBN 81-288-0646-7
  7. ^ Published by Hind Pocket Books