Born Akbar Hussain Rizvi in October 1846 in Allahabad, Akbar Allahabadi was an Indian Urdu poet. Though initially educated only in madrasas, he later studied law and finally retired as a session judge in Allahabad High Court.
He lived through tumultuous times, which is evident in his poetry. He witnessed the first war of independence in 1857, the First World War and even the initial part of Gandhi’s peaceful movement. He died in 1921 in Allahabad, the city of his birth. Akbar Allahabadi died 15 February 1921.
Select Poetry of Akbar Allahabadi
kahoon kis se qissa-e-dard-o-Gham koi ham-nasheen hai na yaar hai
jo anees hai terii yaad hai jo shafeeq hai dil-e-zaar hai
too hazaar kartaa lagaavaten main kabhi na aataa fareb mein
mujhe pehle is ki khabar na thi teraa do hi din ka ye pyaar hai
ye naweed auron ko jaa sunaa ham aseer-e-daam haim ai sabaa
hamein kyaa chaman hai jo rang par, hamein kyaa jo fasl-e-bahaar hai
jise daur-e-charKh mein khushi to zaroor hai use ranj bhi qazaa
shab-e-hijr mein hai jo dard-e-sar mai-e-vasl kaa ye khumaar hai
vo nazar jo mujh se milaa gaye to ye aur aafatein Dhaa gaye
ke havaas-o-hosh-o-Khirad hai ab na shikeb-o-sabr-o-qaraar hai
mujhe raham aataa hai dekh kar tera haal ‘Akbar’-e-nauhagar
tujhe vo bhi chaahe Khudaa kare, ke tu jis ka aashiq-e-zaar hai