Ibn e Insha (Urdu: اِبنِ اِنشا ), (Punjabi, ابن انشا) born Sher Muhammad Khan (Urdu: شیر مُحمّد خان ), (Punjabi, شیر محمد خان) on 15 June 1927, died on 11 January 1978, 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 poetry has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction that is usually heard in the more earthy dialects of the Hindi-Urdu complex of languages, and his forms and poetic style is an influence on generations of young poets.
Ibn e Insha Biography
Insha was born in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar District, Punjab, India. His father hailed from Rajasthan. In 1946, he received his B.A. degree from Punjab University and subsequently, his M.A. from the University of Karachi in 1953. He was associated with various governmental services including Radio Pakistan, the Ministry of Culture and the National Book Centre of Pakistan. He also served the UN for some time and this enabled him to visit many places, all of which served to inspire the travelogues he would then pen.
Some of the places he visited include Japan, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, UK, and the United States. His teachers included Habibullah Ghazenfar Amrohvi, Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Dr. Abdul Qayyum. In the late 1940s, in his youth years, Ibn-e-Insha had also lived together with the renowned film poet Sahir Ludhianvi in Lahore for a short period. He was also active in the Progressive Writers Movement. Ibn-e-Insha spent the remainder of his life in Karachi before he died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on 11 January 1978, while he was in London. He was later buried in Karachi, Pakistan. His son, Roomi Insha was a Pakistani director until his death on 16 October 2017.
Ibn e Insha Literary career
Insha is considered to be one of the best poets and writers of his generation. His most famous ghazal Insha Ji Utthoo Ab Kooch Karo (Rise oh Insha Ji, and let us set off ) is an influential classic ghazal. 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.
Bibliography (List of Books)
Ibn e Insha Poetry
- Is Basti Key Ik Koochey Mein اِس بستی کے اِک کوچے میں
- Chand Nagar چاند نگر
- Dil e Wehshi دلِ وحشی
- Bazm e Insha Poetry Collection بزم انشاء شعری مجموعہ
- Qissa Aik Kunware Ka قصہ ایک کنوارے کا شعری کہانی
- Billu Ka Basta بِلو کا بستہ (Rhymes for Children)
Ibn e Insha Travelogue
- Awara Gard Ki Diary آوارہ گرد کی ڈائری
- Dunya Gol Hey دنیا گول ہے
- Ibn Battuta Kay Taqub mein ابنِ بطوطہ کے تعاقب میں
- Chaltay Ho To Cheen Ko Chaliye چلتے ھو تو چِین کو چلیے
- Nagri Nagri Phira Musafir نگری نگری پِھرا مسافر
Ibn e Insha Humor
- Aap se kya Parda آپ سے کیا پردہ
- Khumar e Gandum خُمارِ گندم
- Urdu Ki Aakhri Kitaab (1971) اُردو کی آخری کتاب
- Khat Insha Jee Kay Collection of letters خط انشاء جی کے
Ibn e Insha Novels
- Sahar Honay Tak سحر ہونے تک
Ibn e Insha Awards and recognition
Ibn-e-Insha was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1978. Courtesy: Wikipedia