Nasir Kazmi (Artist)

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Nasir Kazmi also famous as Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi, the most famous Urdu poet of the past century.He is Pakistani Poet.He was known for his unique  simplistic style where he placed a deep emphasize on the use of metaphors ista’aaray and meter chhotee beher, magically breathing life into his work.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Nasir Kazmi

  • In Urdu:

    ناصِر كاظمی

  • Full Name:

    Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi

  • Famous As:


  • Nationality:


  • Education:

    Islamia College, Lahore, Pakistan

  • Religion:


  • Profession:

    Urdu Poet, Journalist, Staff Editor at Radio Pakistan, Writer

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  • Pen Name :


  • Born
  • Date:

    8 December 1925

  • Place:

    Ambala, Punjab, British India

  • Family
  • Children:

    Two Sons, Basir Sultan Kazmi & Hassan Sultan Kazmi

  • Died
  • Date:

    2 March 1972

  • Rest Place:

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


Nasir Kazmi was born in Ambala Punjab which was still part of the British India at the time, he moved to Lahore to pursue his higher education at Islamia College before coming back to his hometown where he stayed briefly. After partition ,he chose to migrate to Pakistan.He was famous to use basic Urdu words in his poetry that other poets lacked. He wrote simplest poetry by using words like ‘Yaad’, ‘Raat’, ‘Baarish’, ‘Tanhai’ etc. Nasir Kazmi poetry is read in Pakistan and India still after decades of his death. Publications of Nasir Kazmi ghazals are still published and can be availed at Urdu book shops in Pakistan and India.[1] Biography


Kazmi got his early education at Ambala and later he went to Lahore where he continued his studies at Islamia College. In 1945, he returned to Ambala and looked after land of his ancestors.In 1947, when Pakistan was founded, he migrated to Lahore where he started his career in journalism. He started working as an editor at Auraq e Nau and later in 1952, he became editor-in-chief of an Urdu magazine ‘Humayun’. In the years by and by, he worked as staff editor at Radio Pakistan Lahore and at several other literary organizations.

Poetic Career

Kazmi, inspired by style of Akhtar Sherani, started writing romantic poems in 1940. Onward, he started writing Urdu ghazals with the help of his mentor Hafeez Hosyarpuri. Kaazmi was also inspired by legendary poet of the region Mir Taqi Mir as the melancholy Mir used in his literature is also reflected in Nasir Kazmi shayari. He learned saying poetic verses by his mentor Hafeez Hoshyarpuri who was also known to use symbols from the nature in his poems. Nasir also hummed his couplets which always fascinated his poetry listeners.[2] Career Famous List of Books
  1. Barg-e-Nae (1952)[3] List of Books
  2. Deewaan (1972) 
  3. Pehli Baarish (1975) 
  4. Nishat-e-Khwab (Collection of nazms, 1977) 
  5. Sur Ki Chhaya (Manzoom Drama, Katha 1981) 
  6. Khushk Chashme ke Kinare (Prose, 1982 edited by Basir Sultan Kazmi & Hassan Sultan Kazmi, New Edition 1990, essays, radio features, dialogues, editorials, last interview etc.) 
  7. Nasir Kazmi Ki Dairy (Chand Pareshan Kaghaz) (Autobiography, 1995 compiled by Hassan Sultan Kazmi) 
  8. Intekhab-e-Meer (poetry 1989) 
  9. Intekhab-e-Nazeer (poetry 1990) 
  10. Intekhab-e-Wali Dakni (poetry 1991) 
  11. Intekhab-e-Insha (poetry 1991) 
  12. 'Intekhabs' of other poets 

List of Gazals

  1. aaj to be-sabab udas hai ji[4] List of Ghazals
  2. aaraish-e-KHayal bhi ho dil-kusha bhi ho
  3. apni dhun mein rahta hun
  4. awwalin chand ne kya baat sujhai mujhko
  5. dafatan dil mein kisi yaad ne li angDai
  6. daur-e-falak jab dohraata hai mausam-e-gul ki raaton ko 
  7. dayar-e-dil ki raat mein charagh sa jala gaya 
  8. dhup nikli din suhane ho gae 
  9. dhup thi aur baadal chhaya tha 
  10. dil dhaDakne ka sabab yaad aaya 
  11. dil mein aur to kya rakkha hai 
  12. dil mein ek lahr si uThi hai abhi 
  13. din Dhala raat phir aa gai so raho so raho 
  14. din ka phul abhi jaga tha
  15. dukh ki lahar ne chheDa hoga 
  16. fikr-e-tamir-e-ashiyan bhi hai 
  17. gae dinon ka suragh le kar kidhar se aaya kidhar gaya wo 
  18. gali gali aabaad thi jin se kahan gae wo log 
  19. gali gali meri yaad bichhi hai pyare rasta dekh ke chal 
  20. gham hai ya KHushi hai tu 
  21. gham-fursati-e-KHwab-e-tarab yaad rahegi 
  22. girafta-dil hain bahut aaj tere diwane 
  23. hasil-e-ishq tera husn-e-pashiman hi sahi 
  24. hoti hai tere nam se wahshat kabhi kabhi 
  25. in sahme hue shahron ki faza kuchh kahti hai 
  26. is se pahle ki bichhaD jaen hum Added in last 30 days.. 
  27. jab raat gae teri yaad aai sau tarah se ji ko bahlaya Added in last 30 days.. 
  28. jab zara tez hawa hoti hai 
  29. jurm-e-ummid ki saza hi de 
  30. kam-fursati-e-KHwab-e-tarab yaad rahegi 
  31. kaun us rah se guzarta hai 
  32. KHamoshi ungliyan chaTKHa rahi hai 
  33. KHwab mein raat humne kya dekha 
  34. kisi kali ne bhi dekha na aankh bhar ke mujhe 
  35. kuchh to ehsas-e-ziyan tha pahle 
  36. kuchh yaadgar-e-shahr-e-sitamgar hi le chalen 
  37. kunj kunj naghma-zan basant aa gai 
  38. main hun raat ka ek baja hai 
  39. main jab tere ghar pahuncha tha Added in last 30 days.. 
  40. maine jab likhna sikha tha


Unfortunately, his time on earth was short. He passed at the age of 46 after battling stomach cancer. His legacy is survived by his son, who himself would later became a famous poet and dramatist.He died on March 02, 1972 due to stomach cancer in Lahore. 


Days before his death, he gave a remarkable interview in a television program. He said:“Horse riding, hunting, wandering in a village, walking along the river side, visiting mountains etc. were my favorite 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 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, that time which dies, cannot be made alive. I think can be alive in poetry, that is why I (Nasir) started poetry!”.

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