The death anniversary of the great poet, Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum is being observed today (February 7). Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum was a 20th-century poet. His pen name was Tabassum. He is best known for his many poems written for children, as the creator of the Tot Batot character, and as the translator of many poetical works from mostly Persian into Punjabi and Urdu languages. Tabassum’s style is in the classical tradition, with a deep awareness of the pain and suffering that afflicts people in modern life.
Sufi Tabassum was born in Amritsar on August 4, 1899. He was a great poet, critic and teacher. He taught three generations of students, including Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Noon Meem Rashid and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi who later became renowned poets. Sufi Tabassum also worked for Radio Pakistan as a script adviser and he distinguished himself as a broadcaster and commentator of literary subjects.
He devoted a lot of time to writing for children. In 1966, he received the Tamgha-e-Nishan-e-Sipas award of the Government of Iran, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. Sufi Tabassum died on February 7, 1978 in Lahore.
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17 July, 2019