Siraj Aurangabadi

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Siraj Aurangabadi
Native name سراج اورنگ آبادی
Born Siraj-Uddin Aurangabadi
11 March 1712

Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Pen name Siraj
Occupation Poet
Language Urdu Persian
Nationality Indian
Genre Ghazal Nazm
Subject Mysticism Sufism
Notable works Kulliyat-e-Siraj, Bostan-e-Khayal

Siraj Aurangabadi (Urdu: سراج اورنگ آبادی‎; born on 11 March 1712 Died on 1763 at Aurangabad Maharashtra India) was a mystic poet. His full name was Siraj-ud-Din Aurangabadi.


The anthology of his poems titled Kulliyat-e-Siraj contains his ghazals along with his masnavi Nazm-i-Siraj. Influenced by famous Persian poets like Hafiz, Siraj gave ghazal a new orchestration of mystical experience. Hence his ghazals have two dimensional layers of meaning the mystical and metaphysical at one level, and secular and physical at another. Siraj's masnavi Nazm I Siraj, though based on saga of love remains an embodiment of the emotion of love revealing the mysteries of life through sorrow and yearning.

He had also compiled and edited a selection of Persian poets under the title "Muntakhib Diwan". The anthology of his poems, entitled Siraj-e-Sukhan, was included in Kulliyat-e-Siraj. In his later life, Siraj renounced the world and became a Sufi ascetic. He lived a life of isolation, though a number of younger poets and admirers used to gather at his place for poetic instruction and religious edification. Siraj was one of the two front ranking poets who actually led life of a mystic, other being Meer Dard (Urdu poet).

His best known ghazal Khabar E tahayyur E ishq sun, na junooN rahaa, na parii rahii has been sung by many Urdu Ghazal singers like Abida Parveen.

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