Author: Qateel ShafaiTranslator(s): Khwaja Tariq MahmoodPublisher: Star PublicationsYear: 2004Language: English/Urdu/RomanPages: 250ISBN/UPC (if available): 8176500801
Urdu poetry is today most popular, not only among Urdu knowing people, but also among these millions of people who love poetry in any language and form. Songs from Indian films have created interest in Urdu poetry all over the world, and names of poets like Ghalib, Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Budauni, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Allama Iqbal etc. etc. are well known in every home.Qateel Shafai is another name in the category of these poets who poetry has been presented in many forms, in books, in dance recitations, in albums and above all in Indian and Pakistani films.Qateel Shafai (1919-2003) was born in Haripura Hazara (now in Pakistan) in 1919, and presented his poetry in more than 15 collections. He had started his life as a small shopkeeper in Rawalpindi but had been taking part in literary activities ever since. He was honored with a number of literary awards. In 1947, he was invited by a film producer to write songs for his films, and since has wrote songs for many films.