The Poetry of Inayat Ali Khan

Posted on April 10, 2008
Filed Under >Shahran Asim, ATP Mushaira, Humor, Poetry
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This post also contains two audio files of Inayat’s poems.

The reason I started wrote this post is because I saw a repost on Anwar Masood and I thought that we should also start introducing some more humor for ATP readers. I think these post serves a breath of fresh air in the current situation where we hear about violence everywhere.

Professor Inayat Ali Khan is one of my favorite poets and I think since ATP has started doing some humorous poetry (here, here and here), I thought that I should also continue to contribute in this area.

We have sad many sad events in the last year or so and some of these humorous blog posts serve as Oasis for the entertainment starved readers.

He was born in the State of Tonk in Rajisthan, India in 1935. He belonged to a family of poets where his father and mother also used to do humorous poetry.

He migrated to Pakistan in 1948. A professor by profession, earned his Matriculation degree in 1955 from Govt. High School Hyderabad, B.A. from City Arts College Hyderabad in 1959, B.Ed. from Sindh University, Jamshoro in 1960 and finally M.A. in Urdu also from Sindh University in 1962.

He has been an outspoken contributor the urdu dailies such as Jasarat and Ummat. The main subject of this poetry remains politics, current affairs and several social issues faced by the Pakistani society.

Let us listen to some Audio Files of Inayat Ali Khan’s poetry. Second audio file named ‘almiyay or tarbiyay’ is probably from the late 1980s.

(1) mazaaq hi mazaaq meiN

[audio:/images/Mizah/Mazaq_Hi_Mazaq_Main.mp3]

(2) almiyay aur tarbiyay

[audio:/images/Mizah/Inayat-1.mp3]

And now to end this post here is one more of his poem in Urdu script.

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13 responses to “The Poetry of Inayat Ali Khan”

  1. Aurangzeb says:

    Thank you for this post!

    I remember listening to him on PTV many years ago. I must have been in my early teens. When I saw a poet with a very religious looking beard I was not interested but as he started delivering his shers, I was glued. One particular verse I remember (apologies for errors of my memory):

    apne mazhab say naata itna to jor sakta hoon
    shab-e-baraat ko pataakha to phor sakta hoon

    Aurangzeb

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    A very informative article on Inayat Ali Khan here

  3. Richard Rai says:

    Rasheed Sahib when one muslim brother kills another in the name of some so called jihad then don’t you think that Pakistanis who do not feel security should also learn how to fight these jihadis or your logical mind is closed. Think.

    To keep quwatai akhuwati awam going in the right direction this is the only way kill those SOB’s and their proponants and pushers. Then again if in your mind quwatai akhuwatai awam is only based on one sect then your Allah may have merci on those who have no rights according to their belief.

  4. Aijaz says:

    Dear Shahran !

    Wonderful !
    One aspect is how hilariously he delivers his poetry to audiance . Full of freshness and fun. Can any body post Dilwar figar’s ” marsiya-sehra mixed” I remeber starting with piyary mian ka aqd howa hai bahar main !!!!

    I remeber in NED both Tonki sb and Figar sb were present in the same function !

    -Aijaz

  5. Syed Waliullah Husaini says:

    Prof. Inayat Ali Khan is in Jeddah these days. He was with us on Wednesday 16th April, Thursday and Friday. He participated in Grand Mushaira at Pakistan International School Jeddah.I am amazed to see him fresh and full of enthusiasm. Most of the listeners were weeping after he presented his Naat in the honour of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on Friday gathering of about 400 persons. May Allah
    bless him and keep him in good health. Ameen.

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