Raees Warsi

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Raees Warsi
Born Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation Urdu poet, Journalist, TV Anchor
Education M.A. (Mass Communication)
Alma mater University of Karachi
Genre Ghazal / Nazm

Raees Warsi (Urdu: رئیس وارثی ‎, Full name Raees Ahmed Khan Warsi, born 1 March 1963) is a Pakistani American Urdu poet, journalist, lyricist, TV anchor and social worker. He has blended contemporary issues into classic rhyme. Where Urdu poetry was confined to the issues of love, romance and its tragedies till the early 20th century, Warsi and some other notable contemporary poetry have expanded Urdu poetry to the demands of modern realism while still maintaining the classic rhyme. He currently resides in the United States.[1]

Family and childhood[edit]

Warsi was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He came from a renowned family of poets and literary figures. His father, Sattar Warsi, is a household name in theological poetry, in the genre of Na`at. Both his brothers, Dr. Saeed Warsi and Rasheed Warsi, are Urdu poets and journalists. After his early childhood education in Karachi, Warsi successfully completed his Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Karachi in 1987. After earning accolades in Pakistan, he migrated to the United States, where he lives with his wife Tabassum Pervaiz.


Warsi started composing poetry at an early age. Warsi gained national attention courtesy his popular Ghazal recited in a national poetry session in Karachi in 1981. Warsi became a regular contributor to Mushaira (traditional poetry gatherings). In published works, his first real breakthrough came when one of his poems was published in the literary magazine Afkaar in Karachi (1986). He then became a regular contributor to newspapers and literary magazines, including the most widely circulated Urdu-language newspaper, the Daily Jang.[2] Other newspapers and magazines which were adorned with his poetry and prose were the Daily Hurriyat, Daily Mashriq, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, the weekly Akhbar e Jahan, weekly Akhbar e Khawateen, the monthly Wirsa, monthly Idraak and numerous others. He was interviewed both in Pakistani and Indian newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television for his literary contributions. He was listed as a prominent poet in the Directory of Pakistani Writers Published by the,[3] Pakistan Academy of Letters (1994 Edition), A-8 Pitrus Bukhari Road, Islamabad 44000. In 1989, Warsi moved to the United States. He channelled his literary in establishing the Urdu Markaz New York (Urdu Language Center) in 1989. Under its auspices, biweekly sessions of reciting poetry and prose, lecture series and critical sessions were organised. In New York as well, Warsi has been a regular contributor of poetry[4][5][6][7][8][9] and warsi/video

Television and radio[edit]

Raees Warsi participated in several radio programs on Radio Pakistan ( Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation ) Karachi station from 1979–1984, produced by senior producers Zameer Ali and Shehnaz Saleem. His lyrics was telecasted on PTV ( Pakistan Television Corporation / State-run broadcaster ) on different occasions. He Anchored the broadcast news and co-produced Urdu-language television programs in New York and New Jersey since 1995.

  • ITV (International Television New York) Channel 77, Newscaster "Jeevay Pakistan" 1995 to 1997.[10]
  • ETN (Eastern Television Network New York / New Jersey), Co-producer, 2000 to 2003
  • PTN (Pakistan Television Network), Newscaster / Host/ Anchor of "Today's Guest" on Channel 509, March 2003 to July 2006
  • AAJ TV Host/Anchor of Mehfil-e-Mosalma and Natia Mushairah on Dish Network Channel 684, USA.

Author and editor[edit]

  • Author of "Aaina Hon Main" was published by Urdu Markaz New York(Institute of Urdu Language NYC) in 2005
  • Second edition was published in 2008.
  • Column(s) has been published on the editorial page of Daily Jang and jang Magazines, also in Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Huriyat Daily Mashriq and others.
  • News Editor of PTN (Pakistan Television Network NY/NJ), from 2005-2007.
  • Editor of Govt boys secondary School's Magazine "Mashal-e-Raah"(Wall Paper).
  • Editor of Govt Superior Science College Karachi's Magazine "The Pierian" from 1979–80
  • Chief Editor and Magazine Secretary of Govt Superior Science College Karachi's Magazine "The Pierian" from 1981-82.
  • Member Editorial Board of Monthly magazine "Virsa", Karachi, Pakistan-1987-88
  • Member Editorial Board of Monthly magazine "Awaz", New York

Filmography, lyrics and albums[edit]

Although Warsi was born and raised in Pakistan, his poetry was well received in India as well. He was invited to write songs for the Bollywood movie Hum Tum Aur Mom, released in 2005, and directed and produced by Ashok Nanda. His songs for this movie were performed by Bollywood singers Udit Narayan and Sadhna Sargam[11] and.[12] In September 2002, an album of Warsi's ghazals titled Beetay Lamhay was released (by Naeem Hashmi of Pak-US Music Lovers, Producer Khalid Abbas Dar, Music Director Aslam Meenu, Production Director Furqan Haider), sung by leading Pakistani classical singers Ustad Zakir Ali Khan,[13] Raees Warsi's Ghazals sung by Ghulam Ali[14] Asad Amanat Ali Khan.[15] Pervaiz Mehdi, Hamid Ali Khan, Asif Ali, Rifaqat Ali Khan, Shamsa Kanwal, Iqbal Qasim, Feroz Akhtar, Rashid Khan, Sabir Ali and Zafar Iqbal among others. Another CD album of Warsi's Naatia (Na`at) and Hamdia (Hamd) Kalam / poetry titled Madinee Chaloo was released in February 2010 by Humza Studio (New York), sung by Pakistani film singer and Naat Khawan Farooq Shad. On Kashmir Day (5 February 2011), his new song titled "Tarana-e-Kashmir" was telecasted on PTV Global( State-run broadcast of Pakistan), sung by Zaffar Iqbal,[16] Music Director Nasir Hussain (Lahore). The album "Dil Ki Awaz" Vol:06 (Tribute to Poets of New Era Including Ahmed Faraz, Saleem Kousar, Wasi Shah, Raees Warsi, Abbas Tabish, Khalid Moin and others) by Zafar Iqbal, was released in July 2011.[17] His new CD album "Mohabbat Ke Naam" was released in September 2012.[18] His new national song "Mera dil hay merey jan Pakistan Pakistan" sung by Zafar Iqbal, with music by Waeem Abbas, was released on Pakistan's 67th independence day, 14 August 2014, and was telecast on Express News.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "http://muslimvoicesfestival.org/artist/artists-chaikhana". Muslimvoicesfestival.org.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ Daily Jang,Karachi,page # 8, dated 20 September 1989
  3. ^ Pakistan Academy of Letters, Government of Pakistan, Directory of Pakistani Writers, Edition 1994, Page#106, ISBN 969-472-095-8 ,
  4. ^ urdudost Online collection of the pictures of famous Urdu Writers and Poets/Page 11
  5. ^ [1] List of important Urdu poets
  6. ^ urdumehfil DVD of International Urdu Mushaira in Houston TX, in 2006
  7. ^ [2] Online Directory of Urdu Poets and Writers
  8. ^ [3] www.mehraab.com / A News Magazine of Cultural Arts
  9. ^ http://www.Poetrysoup.com List of Famous Urdu Poets
  10. ^ [4] Online "FirstPost" / ITV Live
  11. ^ Tutti gli orari sono UTC + 1 ora. "Ckeck list of Udit Narayan's Songs of 2006". Bollywooditalia.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.gomolo.in/People/People.aspx?pplid=48686 Hum-Tum-Aur-Mom / Indian Movie
  13. ^ Ghulam Ali (World Known Pakistani Ghazal Singer) List of His Notable Ghazals
  14. ^ [5] Raees Warsi's Ghazal by Humaira Channa "Terz-e-Fikr-O-Nazar" by Humaira Channa
  15. ^ Asad Amanat Ali Khan Discography of Legend Pakistani Ghazal Singer / Raees Warsi's Ghazals Sung By Asad Amanat Ali Khan
  16. ^ [6] Tribute to Poets of New Era Including Ahmed Faraz, Saleem Kousar, Wasi Shah, Raees Warsi, Abbas Tabish, Khalid Moin and others
  17. ^ ""Dil Ki Awaz" Vol:6, A Tribute to Poets of New Era by Zafar Iqbal". Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/raeeswarsi