Wasi Shah Ghazali is a Pakistani Urdu poet’s poet writer, poet, and columnist. He was born in Karachi. He is one of few Pakistani males to have written under the pen name of Wasi Shah. He has always rejected the title “Wasi Shah” and continues to call himself wasi shah. He is popular as a comedy writer and screenwriter. He is also known for his controversial interviews.
Washi Shah Ghazali was born in a family of literary giants. Syed Youssuf Khan, Mirza Ghalib, Mirza Dabeer, Hayi Safi Ur Rehman and Wasi Shah were the four sons of Mirza Ghalib and was the youngest son of Mirza Ghalib. Wasi was the youngest son and went on to become one of the greatest Urdu poets of our times. He has written over fifty thousand verses in English and Urdu.
In his last shah poetry in Urdu we can see the influence of Jamsheel Mistry and Jamil Hussain. Hussain’s Nissa is very famous and has been incorporated into modern day wasi shah poetry in Urdu. The Nissa sequence was composed by Hussain’s grandfather and translates literally to “eyes of stone”.
Wasi Shah was also the father of five daughters. All of them are very closely associated with his works of love and romance in Urdu. They all achieved success and travelled to countries such as India and Persia to write their wasi shah poetry. When comparing the Nissa of old to the modern day wasi shah poetry, you can see a huge difference. Modern day poets still pay tribute to the great Mistry and his Nissa.
Wasi Shah was a great lover of art and in his poetry he included many famous artists. There is a famous play by the name of Karan Lal that was written by Wasi Shah. This play is about a king who sends his daughter to marry a rich Rajput prince. She then has to live with her new husband and family under Rajput rule in the fifteenth century.
This play was made popular by Kamal Amrohiya. Kamal Amrohiya was a famous poet and one of the most popular poets of his time. In his last shah poetry he includes many beautiful and touching lines about love and marriage. He was a great lover of art and his poetry is filled with it. There is a famous play by the same title by Kamal Amrohiya called Karan Lal Ki Jawani.
The second part of the last shah poetry consists of verses that celebrate and glorify the wedding. It begins with the lines “bin sharp se amen ki sab kaam alfana ghula rasool mein” (these lines are words from the Islamic law of property and marriage). Later on we read “na khoon zaad in jangzeez agar bila sharaf alfana in (these lines form an introduction to the ceremony of betrothal). In other words, for the groom and the bride to start their married life they have to obtain a “baad” (property) which is symbolically held in the palms of both hands.”
Most people are familiar with the well-known poet’s name Haidar Afgan who is widely regarded as one of the most famous and prolific Urdu poets. Born in 1844, he was one of the very first poets to draw extensively on elements from western poetry and Indian culture. Like many other Urdu poets he too was deeply influenced by various European writers during his time of great brilliance. Among many other renowned modernists like Mirza Ghalib, Mirza Dabeer, and Mina Tahir were turned away by the Indian audience when they wrote certain pieces of verse based on western culture. It is interesting to see how western and Indian poetry began to merge and then how this merging was taken up by the renowned poets of the period.