Nasir Kazmi

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Nasir Kazmi Raza (writer)
Born Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi
(1925-12-08)8 December 1925
Ambala, Punjab, British India
Died 2 March 1972(1972-03-02) (aged 46)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Pen name Nasir
Occupation Urdu poet, journalist, staff editor at Radio Pakistan, writer
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Islamia College, Lahore,Pakistan
Genre Ghazal

Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi (Urdu: سید ناصر رضا كاظمی‎, 8 December 1925 – 2 March 1972) was an Urdu poet from Pakistan and one of the renowned poets of this era, especially in the use of "ista'aaray" and "chhotee beher." Kazmi was born on 8 December 1925 at Ambala, Punjab, (British India).[1] Nasir Kazmi used the simple words in his poetry like "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 was educated at Ambala, Simla and afterwards at Islamia College, Lahore. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he came to Lahore. He did some journalistic work with Auraq-e-Nau as an editor and became editor-in-chief of the magazine Humayun in 1952. Later he was associated with Radio Pakistan, Lahore and other literary publications and organisations.

Kazmi started his poetic life in 1940 by following the style of Akhtar Sherani and wrote romantic poems and sonnets. Later he began writing ghazals under the guidance of Hafeez Hoshyarpuri. He was a great admirer of Mir Taqi Mir, and probably the melancholy and "Ehsaas-e-Mehroomi" in his poetry was a direct result of that admiration. His tutor in poetry was Hafeez Hoshyarpuri, who also used symbols from nature in his poems. Nasir used to hum his poetic verses, and it was appealing to many of his readers and listeners.

He emigrated from Ambala, India to Lahore, Pakistan in August 1947. He also worked as a staff editor for Radio Pakistan. He used to sit at Pak Tea House and Wander at Mall Road, Lahore with his friends. He was fond of eating, wandering, and enjoying life. He was frequently thought of as a melancholic poet, though most of his poetry is based on romantic happiness and hope.[4]

His last four books were published after his death as a result of stomach cancer in Lahore on 2 March 1972. Some of his collection of poems were published as books- '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]

Poetry[edit]

Kazmi had a unique style of poetry, used simple words in it. Pain, sadness, desperation, love, separation as well as happiness, passionate love and optimism is depicted in his poetry. A sense of sorrow and grief present in his poems is due to the trauma he suffered in the troubled, terrible time of 1947's partition. Here are some verses from his poetry.[7]



Postage stamp release[edit]

Pakistan Post has released a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 15 denomination on the death anniversary (2 March, 2013) of Nasir Kazmi, the renowned Urdu poet.[8]

Family[edit]

Kazmi passed on his art to his son, Basir Sultan Kazmi (born 1955, Pakistan),[9] who himself became a successful poet and dramatist. 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.[10]

Death[edit]

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

Nasir Kazmi died on 2 March 1972 in Lahore due to stomach cancer. He is buried at Mominpura Graveyard, Lahore,Pakistan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmad, Israr (2010-09-04). "Urdu Adab: Nasir Kazmi; Autograph". Urduadab4u.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  2. ^ "COLUMN: Nasir Kazmi's salaam to the trees and birds of Lahore - Newspaper". Dawn.Com. 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  3. ^ http://muvyz.com/people/kt137822, Nasir Kazmi poetry used in films, Retrieved 1 April 2016
  4. ^ http://www.poemhunter.com/nasir-kazmi/biography/, Biography of Nasir Kazmi on poemhunter.com website, Retrieved 13 April 2016
  5. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1023017, The works of Nasir Kazmi on Dawn newspaper, Published 11 July 2013, Retrieved 13 April 2016
  6. ^ "Nasir Kazmi - CSS Forums". Cssforum.com.pk. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Nasir Kazmi | Vahshatedil's Blog". Vahshatedil.wordpress.com. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Pakistan Post Office Department". Pakpost.gov.pk. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Basir Sultan Kazmi, MBE". rlf.org.uk. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  10. ^ "International poet appointed Royal Literary Fellow at University of Chester". ChesterChronicle.co.uk. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 

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