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Krishan Mohan
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Krishan Mohan


Krishan Mohan (November 28, 1922 – 2004) was an Urdu poet who gained prominence after India gained independence from the British Raj.

Mohan was the takhallus of Krishan Lal Bhatia who was born in Sialkot, British India. His father, Ganpat Rai Bhatia, was an advocate; post partition of British India he practiced law in the District Courts of Meerut. Ganpat Rai was also an Urdu poet; his takhallus was Shakir.

After completing his school studies Krishan Mohan obtained his B.A. (Hons.) degrees separately in English and in Persian as a student of Murray College, Sialkot, where he was also the editor of the college house magazine. Later on he obtained his M.A. degree in English Literature as a student of Government College, Lahore.

Poets/writers at the residence of Zia Fatehabadi. From left to right: Naresh Kumar Shad, Kailash Chander Naaz, Talib Dehalvi, Khushtar Girami, Balraj Hairat, Saghar Nizami, Talib Chakwali, Munavvar Lakhnavi, Malik Ram, Jainendra Kumar, Zia Fatehabadi, Rishi Patialvi, Bahar Burney, Joginder Pal, Unwan Chishti and Krishan Mohan.

After partition of British India his family moved to Karnal where Krishan Mohan found temporary employment as a welfare officer. Thereafter, he worked as sub-editor and assistant editor of All India Radio's publication Aawaaz at Lucknow and Delhi, and then as a journalist with the Press Information Bureau before joining the Indian Revenue Service as an Income Tax Officer.

He died in Delhi, aged 82 years.

Krishan Mohan was a popular and a prolific writer who after 1947 dominated Delhi’s that particular Urdu stage which was graced by stalwarts – Pandit Harichand Akhtar, Arsh Malsiani, Jagan Nath Azad, Gopal Mittal, Naresh Kumar Shad, Bismil Saeedi, Rana Jaggi, Ram Krishan Mushtar, Talib Chakwali and Bakshi Akhtar Amritsari.

While adhering to the classical style Krishan Mohan did not hesitate to experiment, at times over- reaching the extreme thresh-holds of imagination and thought. His ghazals set in the traditional mode are thoughtful and thought-provoking, and for his nazms he searched for and found new ideas and expressions.

Collection of Urdu poetry

(in Urdu script):

Shabnam shabnam
Dil e Naadaan
Nigaah e naaz
Aahang e watan
Konpal konpal
Bairaagii bhanwaraa
Shirazah e mizgaan
Urdu poetry 

(in Hindi script):

Dhoop meri kaamnaa ki
Pyaas meri kaamnaa ki


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