Did you know Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (1580–1611 CE) is considered one of the first authors of the Urdu language. He composed his verses in the Persian diwan style, and his poems consisted of verses relating to a single topic, gazal-i musalsal.Muhammad Quli’s Kulliyat comprised 1800 pages, over half were gazals, qasidas on one hundred pages, while the rest contained over 300 pages of matnawi and martiyas.He was an accomplished poet and wrote his poetry in Persian, Telugu and Urdu.
He was the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golkonda and founded the city of Hyderabad, in South-central India and built its architectural centerpiece, the Charminar. He was an able administrator and his reign is considered one of the high points of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.He ascended to the throne in 1580 at the age of 15 and ruled for 31 years.
Qutb Shah’s poem titled ” piya baj pyala piya jae na” has been used in the film Nishant which is 1975 drama film directed by Shyam Benegal.
You can read the the poem and its translation by clicking on the link below:
You can hear the entire song by clicking on the link below.