Brij Narayan Chakbast

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Pandit Brij Narayan Chakbast was one of the greatest writers of Urdu poetry. His ghazals and nazm, including "Khaak-E-Hind," "Ramayan Ka Aik Scene," and "Gulzaar-E-Naseem," continue to influence the writers…
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Pandit Brij Narayan Chakbast was one of the greatest writers of Urdu poetry. His ghazals and nazm, including "Khaak-E-Hind," "Ramayan Ka Aik Scene," and "Gulzaar-E-Naseem," continue to influence the writers and poets of India.

A native of Faizabad, a small city near Lucknow, Chakbast inherited his skills as a poet from his father, Pandit Udit Narayan Chabast, a well-known Kashmiri Brahmin poet. Following the death of his father in 1887, he moved with his mother to the more-metropolitan Lucknow. A successful attorney, Chakbast used his poetry to foster a patriotic love of India. Although he was influenced by the ghazals of Mirza Ghalib, Jigar Muradabadi, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he was more drawn to the nazm style. His collected work has been published as Subah- E- Watan. Chabast was stricken by a paralytic seizure while waiting for a train in 1926. He died a few hours later.