List of Famous Urdu Poets

List of Famous Urdu Poets

List of Famous Urdu Poets in the world. Urdu poet of Pakistan.

We are explain List of Famous Urdu Poets Pakistan and India see below.

Parveen Shakir

Pakistani poet


Parveen Shakir PP was a Pakistani poet, teacher and a civil servant of the Government of Pakistan. She is best known for her poems, which brought a distinctive feminine voice to Urdu literature, and for her consistent use of the rare grammatical feminine gender for the word “lover”.

Born: November 24, 1952, Karachi

Died: December 26, 1994, Islamabad

Spouse: Syed Naseer Ali

Place of burial: Islamabad Graveyard H-8, Islamabad

Children: Syed Murad Ali

Jaun Elia


Syed Hussain Jaun Asghar Naqvi, commonly known as Jaun Elia, was an Indo-Pak Urdu poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of Rais Amrohvi and Syed Muhammad Taqi, who were journalists and psychoanalysts. He was fluent in Urdu, Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew.

Born: December 14, 1931, Amroha, India

Died: November 8, 2002, Karachi

Full name: Syed Sibt-e-Ashgar Naqvi

Parents: Shafiq Hasan Elia

Children: Zeryoun Elia, Sohaina Elia, Fainaana Farnaam

Habib Jalib

Pakistani poet

Habib Jalib was a Pakistani revolutionary poet, left-wing activist and politician who opposed martial law, authoritarianism and state oppression. Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz said that he was the poet of the masses. He opposed military coups and administrators and was duly jailed several times.

Born: March 24, 1928, Hoshiarpur, India

Died: March 1993, Lahore

Spouse: Mumtaz Begum

Literary movement: Progressive Writers’ Movement

Children: Nasir Jalib, Yasir Jalib

Notable awards: Nigar Awards, Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Posthumously awarded on 23 March 2009)

Ahmad Faraz

Pakistani poet

Syed Ahmad Shah, better known by his pen name Ahmed Faraz, was a Pakistani Urdu poet, scriptwriter and chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters. He wrote his poetry under pseudonym Faraz. During his lifetime, he criticised military rule and coup d’état in the country and was displaced by the military dictators.

Born: January 12, 1931, Kohat

Died: August 25, 2008, Islamabad

Full name: Syed Ahmad Shah Ali

Place of burial: Islamabad Graveyard H-8, Islamabad

Children: Shibli Faraz

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Pakistani poet

Faiz Ahmad Faiz MBE, NI , was a Pakistani Muslim Marxist, poet, and author in Urdu. He was one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan.

Born: February 13, 1911, Narowal

Died: November 20, 1984, Lahore

Spouse: Alys Faiz (m. 1941–1984)

Movies: The Day Shall Dawn, Aagaman

Education: Govt Murray College Sialkot, GCU, University of the Punjab, Oriental College Punjab University

Mohsin Naqvi

Pakistani poet

Mohsin Naqvi was a Pakistani poet, popular for his ghazals.

Born: May 5, 1947, D G Khan

Died: January 15, 1996, Lahore

Full name: Syed Ghulam Abbas Naqvi

Parents: Syed Chirag Hussain

Education: University of the Punjab



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Sampooran Singh Kalra, known professionally as Gulzar, is an Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director. He started his career with music director S.D.

Born: August 18, 1934 (age 86 years), Dina

Full name: Sampooran Singh Kalra

Spouse: Rakhee Gulzar (m. 1973)

TV shows: Roots

Qateel Shifai

Pakistani poet

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Muhammad Aurangzeb or Qateel Shifai , was a Pakistani Urdu poet and lyricist.

Born: December 24, 1919, Haripur

Died: July 11, 2001, Lahore

Children: Musarat Butt, Naveed Qateel, Samina Khurshid, Tanveer Qateel, Pervaiz Qateel

Movies: Naaraaz

Albums: Beyond Love, Ghazals by Qateel Shifai

Anwar Masood

Pakistani poet

Anwar Masood is a Pakistani poet known for his comic poetry. However, his works include other genres as well. He writes in Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages. His poetry is known for the unique use of everyday, commonplace phrases and wording that is instantly relatable for masses in the region.

Born: November 8, 1935 (age 85 years), Gujrat

Spouse: Sadiqa Anwar

Language: Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages

Books: Ambri

Parents: Muhammad Azeem, Iqbal Begum

Education: Oriental College Punjab University, University of the Punjab, Government Zamindar College, Gujrat, GCU

Munir Niazi


Munir Ahmed Niazi, was an Urdu and Punjabi language poet from Pakistan. He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. In 1960, he established a publication institute, Al-Misal. He was later associated with Pakistan Television, Lahore and lived in Lahore till his death.

Born: April 9, 1928, Hoshiarpur, India

Died: December 26, 2006, Lahore

Full name: Munir Ahmed Niazi

Spouse: Begum Naheed Munir Niazi (m. 1958)

Education: Government Dyal Singh College, Govt. Sadiq Egerton College Bahawalpur


Pakistani poet


Sher Muhammad Khan, better known by his pen name Ibn-e-Insha, was a Indo-Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded as one of the best humorists of Urdu.

Born: June 15, 1927, Phillaur

Died: January 11, 1978, Karachi

Place of burial: Karachi

Books: Pratinidhi Kavitayen, Urdu, the Final Book: A Modern Urdu Reader

Children: Roomi Insha

Education: University of Karachi, University of the Punjab

Nasir Kazmi



Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi was an Urdu poet from Pakistan. Kazmi was born on 8 December 1925 at Ambala, Punjab. Kazmi used simple words in his poetry, including “Chand”, “Raat”, “Baarish”, “Mausam”, “Yaad”, “Tanhai”, “Darya and gave them life by his style of poetry.

Born: December 8, 1925, Ambala, India

Died: March 2, 1972, Lahore

Spouse: Shafiqa Bano (m. ?–1972)

Place of burial: Mominpura Qabristan, Lahore

Education: Government Islamia College

Books: Generations of Ghazals

Ada Jafri

Pakistani poet


Ada Jafarey, often spelled Ada Jafri, was a Pakistani poet who is regarded as the first major female Urdu poet to be published and has been called “The First Lady of Urdu Poetry”. She was also an author and was considered a prominent figure in contemporary Urdu literature.

Born: August 22, 1924, Budaun, India

Died: March 12, 2015, Karachi

Children: Sabiha Jafarey; Azmi Jafarey; Aamir Jafarey

Literary movement: Modernism • post-modernism

Spouse: Nurul Hasan Jafarey (m. 1947⁠–⁠1995)

Awards: Pride of Performance

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Pakistani poet


Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi born Ahmad Shah Awan on 20 November 1916 – died 10 July 2006, was an Urdu language Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author.

Born: November 20, 1916, Angah

Died: July 10, 2006, Lahore

Spouse: Rabia Nadeem (m. 1948–1992)

Children: Naheed Qasimi

Awards: Pride of Performance, Sitara-i-Imtiaz

Shakeb Jalali

Pakistani poet


Shakeb Jalali or Shakeeb Jalali, born Syed Hassan Rizvi, was a Pakistani Urdu poet, considered as one of the distinguished Urdu poets of the post-independence era. Shakeb was born on 1 October 1934 in Jalal, a small village near Aligarh. His ancestors were from a small town, Saddat, near Aligarh.

Born: October 1, 1934, Aligarh, India

Died: November 12, 1966, Sargodha

Pirzada Qasim

Pakistani scholar


Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui is a noted Pakistani scholar, poet, scientist and educationist. He is serving as Vice Chancellor of the Ziauddin University.

Place of birth: Delhi, India

Field: Neuroscience

Education: Newcastle University, University of Karachi

Waris Shah



Waris Shah was a Punjabi Sufi poet of the Chishti order, known for his contribution to Punjabi literature.

Born: January 23, 1722, Jandiala Sher Khan

Died: 1798, Malka Hans

Place of burial: Waris Shah Tomb, Jandiala Sher Khan

Parents: Gulsher Shah

Books: Heer

Josh Malihabadi



Josh Malihabadi popularly known as Shayar-e-Inqalab is regarded as one of the finest Urdu poets of the era of British India. Josh always challenged the established order and stood for liberal values. He was loud, brave who never compromised on principles.

Born: December 5, 1898, Malihabad, India

Died: February 22, 1982, Islamabad

Parents: Bashir Ahmed Khan

Education: St. Peter’s College

Books: Yaadon ki baraat

Awards: Padma Bhushan

Amjad Islam Amjad



Amjad Islam Amjad, PP, Sitara-e-Imtiaz is an Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan. The author of more than 40 books in a career spanning 50 years, he has received many awards for his literary work and screenplay for TV, including Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz Awards.

Born: August 4, 1944 (age 76 years), Lahore

Spouse: Firdous Amjad

Books: Fishār

Children: Ali Zeeshan Amjad

Movies: Salakhain

Education: Govt. Islamia College Civil Lines, Government Islamia College, University of the Punjab

Iftikhar Arif



Iftikhar Hussain Arif, is an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. His style is romantic Urdu poetry. He has headed the Pakistan Academy of Letters and the National Language Authority.

Born: March 21, 1944 (age 76 years), Lucknow, India

Education: University of Lucknow

Awards: Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance

Zehra Nigah


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Zehra Nigah is an Urdu poet and scriptwriter from Pakistan. She was one of two female poets to gain prominence in the 1950s when the scene was dominated by men. She has written several television drama serials.

Born: May 14, 1937 (age 83 years), Hyderabad, India

Siblings: Fatima Surayya Bajia, Zubaida Tariq, Anwar Maqsood

Niece: Saba Tariq

Nephews: Bilal Maqsood, Hussain Tariq

Albums: A Tribute To Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Zafar Iqbal



Zafar Iqbal is an Urdu poet based in Okara, Punjab, Pakistan. Wikipedia

Born: September 27, 1932 (age 88 years), Pakistan

Education: University of the Punjab

Grandchild: Ayesha Noor

Children: Aftab Iqbal

Books: Lyrical

Awards: Pride of Performance, Hilal-i-Imtiaz

Naseer Turabi

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Naseer Turabi was born in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State which was then, Deccan. His father Allama Rasheed Turabi was a renowned religious scholar. He came to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. He did his M.A. in Mass Communications from University of Karachi in 1968. He lives in Karachi.

Born: June 15, 1945 (age 75 years), Hyderabad, India

Nationality: Pakistani

Parents: Rasheed Turabi

Albums: Selected Poetry, Best of Naseer Turabi

Record labels: Ragni Recordings, Urdu Studio

Yasmeen Hameed

Pakistani poet


Yasmeen Hameed is a Pakistani Urdu poet, translator and an educator.

Born: March 18, 1951 (age 69 years)

Education: University of the Punjab

Books: Swimming on the Lawn

Ehsan Danish



Ehsan Danish, born Ehsan-ul-Haq, was a prominent Urdu poet, prose writer, linguist, lexicographer and scholar from Pakistan. Ehsan Danish had penned down over 100 scholastic books on poetry, prose, linguistics, lexicography and prosody.

Born: February 2, 1914, Kandhla, India

Died: March 21, 1982, Lahore

Nationality: Pakistani

Notable works: Jahan-i-Danish

Notable awards: Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 22 March 1978

Literary movement: Taraqqi Pasand Tehrik

Fahmida Riaz



Fahmida Riaz was a Progressive Urdu writer, poet, human rights activist and feminist of Pakistan. She authored many books, of which some are Godaavari, Khatt-e Marmuz, and Khana e Aab O Gil the first translation in rhyme of the Masnavi of Jalaluddin Rumi from Persian into Urdu.

Born: July 28, 1946, Meerut, India

Died: November 21, 2018, Lahore

Education: University of Sindh

Books: Pakistan, Godavari, Reflections in a Cracked Mirror, MORE

Awards: Pride of Performance

Nationality: English, Pakistani

Kishwar Naheed



Kishwar Naheed is a feminist Urdu poet and a writer from Pakistan. She has written several poetry books. She has also received awards including Sitara-e-Imtiaz for her literary contribution towards Urdu literature.

Born: 1940 (age 80 years), Bulandshahr, India

Nationality: Pakistani

Awards: Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Kamal-e-Fun Award, Adamjee Literary Award

Education: University of the Punjab, Lahore College For Women University

Akhtar Sheerani



Akhtar Shirani, is considered to be one of the leading romantic poets of Urdu language.

Born: May 4, 1905, Tonk State

Died: September 9, 1948, Lahore

Parents: Hafiz Mehmood Khan Shirani

Period: 1905-1948

Genre: Nazm and Ghazal

Books: Subho bahar

Hafeez Jalandhari

Pakistani poet


Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari was a Pakistani Urdu-language poet who wrote the lyrics for the National Anthem of Pakistan. Another widely used name in Pakistan is Hafeez Jalandhari, a spelling shown in most English language Pakistani newspapers.

Born: January 14, 1900, Jalandhar, India

Died: December 21, 1982, Lahore

Nationality: Pakistani

Place of burial: Model Town, Lahore

Spouse: Khurshid Begum (m. 1955), Zeenat Begum (m. 1917–1954)

Awards: Pride of Performance

Saghar Siddiqui



Saghar Siddiqui was a pen name of Muhammad Akhtar, an Urdu poet from Pakistan. In spite of his ruined and homeless alone life, he remained famous and successful till and after his death.

Born: 1928, Ambala, India

Died: July 19, 1974, Lahore

Full name: Muhammad Akhtar

Nationality: Pakistani

Place of burial: Miani Sahib Graveyard, Lahore

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