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Amir Khusrau Na Hote Toh Shayad Aaj Humme “Kun Faaya Kun” Naa Milta

Amir Khusrau Na Hote Toh Shayad Aaj Humme “Kun Faaya Kun” Naa Milta

Amir Khusrau

Amir Khusrau is known as the father of that khoobsurat term called, Qawwali…


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1. Abu’l Hasan Yamin ud-Din Khusrau (1253–1325 AD) is better known as Amir Khusrau Dehlavi or Amir Khusrau, who lived in the times of Delhi Sultanate.

2. He was an Indian Sufi singer, musician, poet and scholar, who wrote poetry primarily in Persian and Urdu.

3. Amir Khusrau was a mystic poet and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of India.

4. He was born in 1253 in Patiyali, Kasganj district (modern-day Uttar Pradesh). His father was Amir saif ud-din Mahmud and his mother was Bibi Daulat Naz (native of Hindustan).

5. The works of Amir Khusrau reveal the love and admiration for his motherland. Persian lyricist, Hafiz of Shirazulla, described him as Tuti-e-Hind, the singing bird of India.

6. Khusrau is also known as the “Voice of India” or “Parrot of India” (Tuti-e-Hind). Moreover, his other child is Urdu Literature (i.e., he is also known as the father of Urdu literature)

7. He is regarded as the “Father of Qawwali” (devotional singing of the Sufis in the Indian subcontinent).

8. In the late 13th century, Amir Khusrau fused the Persian, Arabic, Turkic and Indian singing traditions to create Qawwali.

9. He also introduced the ghazal style of the song into India.

Amir Khusrau

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10. Amir Khusrau was a very prolific author and poet. Although he was an Indian, his works are usually written in Persian, the learned language of the time. Some of his writings are also in the local Hindavi-dialect.

11. Many of his works were either lost or cannot be fully confirmed as his. Nonetheless, some facts are validated on account of the available resources, thus, making the historians sure of the greatness of Amir Khusrau as an accomplished poet.


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12. Amir Khusrau has also been attributed to the invention of Sitar. There were several variants of the Veena at that time. He rechristened the three-stringed Tritantri Veena as a Sehtaar (Persian for three strings), which came to be known as Sitar.

Amir Khusrau

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13. Musicians also credit Amir Khusrau for discovering 6 Music Styles: Qual, Qalbana, Naqsh, Gul, Tarana and Khayal. Though, there is insufficient evidence for this.

14. He wrote on various subjects: patriotism, liberalism, integration, folklife and the catholic values of living that emerge with a blending of social norms and cultural practices.

Literature of Amir Khusrau

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15. A visionary of his time, you can begin to become a Jabra-fan of this exceptional poet right away! Begin with an Indian TV Series based on the life and works of Khusrau, Amir Khusrau. The series was also aired on DD National, the national public broadcaster, in the 1980s.

Amir Khusrau’s work has always been a muse to many more artists of the world. The 1978 film Junoon opens with a version of Khusrau Aaj Rang Hai. The film plot employed the poem as a symbol of rebellion.

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