biography of urdu poet daagh dehlvi
Nawab Mirza Khan better known as Daagh Dehlvi was born in 1831 in Delhi. His father died when he was 6 years of age and his stepfather, Mirza Mohammad Fakhroo, brought him up. Mirza Mohammad Fakhroo was related to Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar. After the death of Fakhroo in 1865, Daagh left Delhi for Rampur. He went into government service and spent a comfortable life. But Daagh was soon fed up of monotony and wanted to experiment. This period of Daagh 's life was both creative as well as torturous. During these years Daagh composed most of his heart-wrenching poems. The period of desperation and discomfort ended in 1891 when Daagh got an invitation from Nizam to come to Hyderabad. Hyderabad was a cradle to many poets of that period following the decline of Moguls in Delhi. There he won honour and prestige and lived a life of luxury.

Daagh started reciting poetry at the age of ten. His poetry does not wallow in despair. He was a self-acknowledged romantic. The tone of his poems is exuberant but contrary to the impression one gets from his poetry, he eschewed wine. Usage of common words and phrases was distinctive of his style. Daagh mostly wrote ghazals. His work comprises of four volumes consisting of 16,000 couplets. . He had innumerable disciples

His ghazals have been sung by noted ghazal singers including Ghulam Ali, Mallika Pukhraj, Mehdi Hassan, and Abida Parveen.

Daagh Dehlvi passed away in 1905.


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