The 41st death anniversary of one of the the most popular Urdu poet and travelogue writer Ibn-e-Insha is being observed today (Jan 11).
Sher Muhammad Khan,popularly klnown as ‘Ibn-e-Insha’ was a Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded as one of the best humorists of Urdu. His famous poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets. His poetry was simple but had depth. The real cause of his popularity was his humorous poetry and columns.
His most famous ghazal ‘Insha Ji Utthoo Ab Kooch Karo’ is an influential classic ghazal. Ibn-e-Insha’s poetic works are Chand Nagar and Dil-e-Wehshi while travelogues are Awara Gard Ki Diary, Dunya Gol Hey, Ibn-e-Batoota Kay Taqub Main, Chaltay Ho To Cheen Ko Chaliye and Nagri Nagri Phira Musafar. Ibn-e-Insha had written several travelogues, showcasing his sense of humor and his work has been appreciated by both Urdu writers and critics. He also translated a collection of Chinese poems into Urdu in 1960. His humorous books are Khumar-e-Gandum and Urdu Ki Aakhri Kitaab. His collection of letters is Khat Insha Jee Kay.
He was awarded Presidential Pride of Performance Award in 1978. He died on January 11, 1978 and was buried in Karachi.
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22 March, 2019