Qamar Jalavi

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Qamar Jalavi (born Muhammad Hussain in 1887, died 4 October 1968; also known as Ustad Qamar Jalalvi) was a renowned Pakistani poet. He was born in Jalali near Aligarh, India in 1887. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he moved to Karachi. Qamar Jalalvi is regarded as one of best classical Urdu Ghazal poets. His ghazal poetry has unique simplicity of expression. A poet from the age of eight, Qamar Jalalvi's writing had become quite popular by his 20s. He lived a life of financial hardship working for many years at various bicycle repair shops. In India and Pakistan, a person fixing flat bicycle tires is called 'Ustad' (master). Qamar Jalalvi, was initially called Ustad because of his bicycle work. Popular with critics, for his mastery of poetry, they dubbed him Ustad Qamar Jalalvi. Ustad Qamar Jalalvi died in Karachi, Pakistan on 4 October 1968.

Books

The collections of ghazals include:
  1. Rashk-e Qamar (رشکِ قمر)
  2. Aoj-e Qamar (اوجِ قمر)
  3. Tajalliyat-e Qamar (تجلّیاتِ قمر)
  4. Gham-e-javedan

Famous ghazals

  • Mareez-e-Muhabbat unhi ka fasaana
  • Kabhi kaha na kisi se terey fazaney ko
  • Kab mera nasheman ehle chaman
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