Nazeer Akbarabadi – People’s Poet || A Tribute

Published on Nov 10, 2015

Nazeer Akbarabadi (Urdu: نظیر اکبر آبادی‎ – Naẓīr Akbar Ābādī) (real name “Wali Muhammad”) (1735–1830) was an 18th-century Indian poet known as “Father of Nazm”, who wrote Urdu ghazals and nazms under nom de plume (takhallus) “Nazeer”. He used simple, everyday language in his poems, which made them popular in the masses.

It is said that Nazeer’s poetic treasure consisted of about 200,000 verses but unfortunately a bigger portion of it is destroyed and only 6000 verses are available in printed form. No other Urdu poet used as many words as Nazeer did. Nazeer’s poetry conveyed the plight of the common people in their own everyday language and was very popular among the masses. It was due to this lack of the “elite” element perhaps that Nazir’s genius was not recognised until much later.

Compere: ATUL TIWARI
Composer, Music Director: KULDIP SINGH
The chorus: ANAGH BANNERJEE, MANMEET SINGH, AYUSHMAN TITORIA, SHUBHAM PARMAR & Ms PRIYANKA SINGH, Ms SHABANA SHAIKH, Ms SANJALI GANDHI
Tabla: MEHTAB AFTAB KHAN
Dholak: GHANSHYAM PANDE
Percussion: RAVINDRA BELBANSI
Flute: RAJEEV PRASANNA

This video was recorded on November 8, 2015 at the SPJain Auditorium, Bhavan’s College.

Camera and Edit: Satyen K. Bordoloi

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