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Qayem Chandpuri
Poet
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Qayem Chandpuri

 

Muhammad Qyamuddin Ali Qayem Chandpuri was an Indian poet. He was born at Chandpur in year 1722, Bijnor and he died at Rampur in year 1793, Uttar Pradesh. He was a contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir, Khwaja Mir Dard, Mirza Muhammad Rafi Sauda, Qalandar Bakhsh Jurat and Mashafi.  


Qayam was quite short tempered so he remained at logger heads with a lot of people. He became the disciple of Khwaja Meer Dird, but his relations could not go on for long. Later on, he presented himself in the service of Mirza. Though it was not an easy task but Mirza trained him well. When Delhi was experiencing trying times during the period of Aalam Geer Saani, he got associated with Nawab Yaar Muhammad Khan of Taanda. Here, he met another towering literary figure of that period, Mushafi. He soon befriended him. He helped Mushafi get employed there. Nevertheless, this good time lasted only for three years. He reached Rampur and stayed there for a long time. Since, his salary was very low, he moved on to Lucknow and got appointed as the Chief Administrator of his region by Raja Ticket Roy, in an effort to establish him again in his motherland. After reaching Rampur, he passed away. 


He wrote high quality ghazals and was one of the most important poets of his age.

He has explored every trait of literature and has composed many rubaai, qat’aat, ghazaliyaat, masnawi, qaseeadas, tarkeebband and tawareekh. He used to compose hajv, a jilted way of satire too and in that field can be compared with his guide Sauda.

M. Moizuddin was awarded the Degree of Ph.D. in Urdu for his thesis – Life and works of Qaim Chandpuri by the University of Dacca (Bangla Desh).

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