18 Facts About Amir Khusrow


Abu'l Hasan Yamin ud-Din Khusrau, better known as Amir Khusrau was an Indo-Persian Sufi singer, musician, poet and scholar who lived under the Delhi Sultanate.

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Amir Khusrow is an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent.

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Amir Khusrow was a mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, India.

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Amir Khusrow used 11 metrical schemes with 35 distinct divisions.

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Amir Khusrow wrote in many verse forms including ghazal, masnavi, qata, rubai, do-baiti and tarkib-band.

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Amir Khusrow Khusrau was born in 1253 in Patiyali, Kasganj district, in modern-day Uttar Pradesh, India, in what was then the Delhi Sultanate, the son of Amir Khusrow Saif ud-Din Mahmud, a man of Turkic extraction and Bibi Daulat Naz, a native Indian mother.

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Amir Khusrow grew up in Kesh, a small town near Samarkand in what is Uzbekistan.

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Amir Khusrow started learning and writing poetry at the age of nine.

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Amir Khusrow then composed a khamsa with five masnavis, known as Khamsa-e-Khusrau, completing it in 1298.

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Amir Khusrow classified his poetry in nine chapters, each part of which is considered a "sky".

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Amir Khusrow wrote another book during Mubarak Shah Khalji's reign by name of Ijaz-e-Khusravi, which consisted of five volumes.

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Amir Khusrow introduced a few Hindi words to complete the sense….

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Amir Khusrow rechristened the 3 stringed Tritantri Veena as a Setar, which eventually became known as the sitar.

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Amir Khusrow Khusrau was a prolific classical poet associated with the royal courts of more than seven rulers of the Delhi Sultanate.

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Amir Khusrow wrote many playful riddles, songs and legends which have become a part of popular culture in South Asia.

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Amir Khusrow's riddles are one of the most popular forms of Hindavi poetry today.

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Amir Khusrow's poetry is still sung today at Sufi shrines throughout India and Pakistan.

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Amir Khusrow was portrayed by actor Bhawani Muzamil as a court poet of Alauddin Khalji in the 2018 Indian film Padmaavat by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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