Nazir Akbarabadi (Urdu)

  • Saleem Kidwai


Nazir Wali Muhammad (ca. 1735–1830) wrote under the pen name Nazir “Akbarabadi” (meaning, a specimen from Akbarabad, modern-day Agra). He was born in Delhi, the thirteenth but only surviving child of his parents. His survival was attributed to the blessings of a faqir, his nose and ears were pierced to save him from the “evil eye,” and as a child he was always dressed as a girl. Unlike other Urdu poets who migrated to Delhi or Lucknow looking for court patronage, Nazir stayed in Agra and made a living as a teacher.


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    Abdul Ghafoor Shaharbaz, ed., Kulliyat-i-Nazir, (Lucknow: Naval Kishore Press, 1901).Google Scholar

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