Nazir Dekhaiya

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Noormahammad Alarakh Dekhaiya
'Nazir' Dekhaiya
Native name નૂરમહંમદ અલારખ દેખૈયા 'નાઝિર'
Born Noormahammad Alarakh Dekhaiya
(1921-02-13)13 February 1921
Bhavnagar, British India
Died 16 March 1988(1988-03-16) (aged 67)
Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
Resting place Bhavnagar
Pen name Nazir
Occupation Poet
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Genre Ghazal
Notable works
  • Tushar (1962)
  • Soona Sadan (2013)
Spouse Halimabai

Noormahammad Alarakh Dekhaiya (Gujarati: નૂરમહંમદ અલારખ દેખૈયા), better known by his pen name Nazir Dekhaiya (Gujarati: નાઝિર દેખૈયા), was a Gujarati ghazal poet from Gujarat, India. His ghazal collections include Tushar (1962), Nazirni Ghazalo (part 1-2) and Soona Sadan (2006).


He was born on 13 February 1921 in Bhavnagar to Alarakhbhai and his second wife Dhanbai. His father was a Bandmaster. He lost his parents during his childhood. He studied until 4th standard. He learned Clarinet and started to work in family-owned India Abhu Band as a bandmaster. His brothers died soon after and he became responsible for the rest of his family. In order to strengthen his finances, he joined the District Panchayat Board, Bhavnagar in 1956 as a peon where he served until retirement.[1]

He died after contracting bronchopneumonia on 16 March 1988 in Bhavnagar.[1]


“Kashu kehvane aavyo chu, hoon kargarva nathi aavyo,
Bijani jem aa jeevan anusarva nathi aavyo.”

(I have come to tell something significant, I haven’t come here to just blabber randomly. Like others I am not here to imitate any other’s life).

Nazir Dekhaiya[1]

Grave of Poet Nazir Dekhaiya

He used to participate in Ghazalsabha, a literary meeting in Bhavnagar where he became acquainted with other poets including Kismat Qureshi, Barkat Virani, Ruswa Majhalumi, Vali Lakhani and Batuk Pandya. He studied ghazal under Kismat Qureshi. Tushar, his first ghazal collection which contains 54 ghazals, was published in 1962 and was followed by Tushar-2 (1978), Nazirni Ghazalo (Part 1-2) and Soona Sadan (2013). His ghazals mainly center around Sufism, the worship of God and talking with loved ones.[2] His ghazal Gaganvasi was sung by Manhar Udhas.[1]

His short biography was published by his granddaughter, Sameera Dekhaiya Patrawala and grandson Firdaus Dekhaiya in October 2016.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His father Alarakhbhai married twice. He had two sons; Jamal (later 'Bebas' Dekhaiya who was also a poet) and Kadar from his first wife Hurbai. After the death of Hurbai, he married Dhanbai who gave birth to Rahim and Noormohammad (later 'Nazir'). Nazir was raised by his stepbrother, Jamal, and his stepbrother's wife, Hawabai. He married Halimabai. Their two daughters died at an early age. He had three sons and three daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Life and works of Nazir Dekhaiya, a gem in the realm of Gujarati Shayari". DeshGujarat News from Gujarat. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ Andhariya, Kanu (2015). Dave, Ramesh R.; Desai, Parul Kandarp, eds. ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યનો ઈતિહાસ ગ્રંથ: ૭ (History of Gujarati Literature Volume: 7) (in Gujarati). Ahmedabad. pp. 227–228. ISBN 978-81-930884-5-6.