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Here is the ghazal that was recited by Kaifi Azmi at a mushaira at the age of eleven, to prove his poetic prowess.
This particular ghazal was to become a rage in undivided India sung by none other than the legendary ghazal singer, Begum Akhtar and went thus:

itna to zindagi me kisi ki khalal pade
hansne se ho sukun na rone se kal pade

jis tarah hans raha hun mai pi pi ke ashk-e-gam
yu dusra hanse to kaleja nikal pade

ekk tum ke tum ko fikre nashibo faraz hai
ekk ham ke chal pade to beharhal chal pade

muddat ke bad us ne jo ki lutf ki nigah
ji khush to ho gaya magar aansu nikal pade

saqi sabhi ko hai game tashnalabi magar
may hai usi ke naam pe jiis ke ubal pade

And here is the ghazal in Begum Akhtar’s hauntingly beautiful voice:

 

(We are trying to source an English translation of this ghazal. In case any one has it, please do share with us)

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