Nasir Kazmi

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Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi
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BornSyed Nasir Raza Kazmi
(1925-12-08)8 December 1925
Ambala, Punjab, British India
Died2 March 1972(1972-03-02) (aged 46)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Pen nameNasir
OccupationUrdu poet, journalist, staff editor at Radio Pakistan, writer
Alma materIslamia College, Lahore, Pakistan

Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi (Urdu: سید ناصِر رضا كاظمی‎, 8 December 1925 – 2 March 1972) was an Urdu poet from Pakistan. Kazmi was born on 8 December 1925 at Ambala, Punjab, (British India).[1] Kazmi used simple words in his poetry, including "Chand", "Raat", "Baarish", "Mausam", "Yaad", "Tanhai", "Darya and gave them life by his style of poetry.[2] His poetry continues to be used on Pakistan Television (PTV) TV shows as well as in India in Bollywood films.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Kazmi emigrated from Ambala, India to Lahore, Pakistan in August 1947. He also worked as a staff editor for Radio Pakistan. He was frequently thought of as a melancholic poet, though most of his poetry is based on romantic happiness and hope.[4]

Some of his collection of poems were published as books, including Berg-i-Nai (1952), Deewaan (1972), Pehli Baarish (1975), Hijr Ki Raat Ka Sitara and Nishat-i-Khwab (1977).[5] A few days before his death, Kazmi said in a television interview:

"Horse riding, hunting, wandering in a village, walking along the river side, visiting mountains etc. were my favourite pastimes and probably this was the time when my mind got nourishment for loving nature and getting close to the expression of poetry. All my hobbies are related with fine arts, like singing, poetry, hunting, chess, love of birds, love of trees. ... I started writing poetry because I used to reflect that all the beautiful things, those I see and those in nature, are not in my hands, and they go away from me. Few moments of time which dies, cannot be made alive. I think can come alive in poetry, that is why I (Nasir) started writing poetry!"[6]

Postage stamp release[edit]

Commemorative Postage Stamp released in the name of Urdu Poet Nasir Kazmi

In 2013, Pakistan Post released a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 15 denomination to commemorate Kazmi's death.[7]


Kazmi's son, Basir Sultan Kazmi (born 1955, Pakistan), became a poet and dramatist.[8] Writing in both Urdu and English, he earned an MBE for services to poetry. He has resided in England since 1990, where he was awarded the North West Playwrights Workshop Award in 1992 and published an abridged translation of his long play Bisaat (entitled "The Chess Board") along with several volumes of poetry both in Urdu and English. He is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chester.[9]


Nasir Kazmi's grave at Mominpura graveyard, Lahore, Pakistan


Some of his books include:[10]


  • Pahlī bārish
  • Barg-i nai


  • San sattāvan merī nazạr men̲. On the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857.
  • Sur kī chāyā : ek kathā. Versified play.
  • K̲h̲ushk cashme ke kināre. Critical articles on Urdu literature.
  • Nasir Kazmi ki dairy : chand pareshan kaghaz. Memoirs.
  • The English social novel, 1825-1855.


  1. ^ Ahmad, Israr (4 September 2010). "Urdu Adab: Nasir Kazmi; Autograph". Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ "COLUMN: Nasir Kazmi's salaam to the trees and birds of Lahore - Newspaper". Dawn.Com. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^, Nasir Kazmi poetry used in films, Retrieved 1 April 2016
  4. ^, Biography of Nasir Kazmi on website, Retrieved 13 April 2016
  5. ^, The works of Nasir Kazmi on Dawn newspaper, Published 11 July 2013, Retrieved 13 April 2016
  6. ^ "Nasir Kazmi - CSS Forums". Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Post Office Department". 2 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Basir Sultan Kazmi, MBE". 22 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. ^ "International poet appointed Royal Literary Fellow at University of Chester". 22 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  10. ^ Profile on WorldCat