Noshi Gilani (نوشی گیلانی ) (born in 1964 in Bahawalpur, Pakistan) is an Urdu poet of international fame and a former academic from the Bahawalpur University, Punjab Pakistan.
She is one of the leading Urdu poets in Pakistan and has successfully published five collections of poetry.
In 2008, her poetry was translated into English and her poems were read in the UK, with the Poetry Translation Centre's World Poets' Tour.
She hosted a tribute to folk singer Pathanay Khan, sponsored by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
Noshi Gilani settled in San Francisco USA in 1995 but after her marriage to Saeed Khan she decided to move to Australia. She married Saeed Khan, an Australian-based Urdu poet on 25 October 2008 and they currently reside in Sydney Australia. It was reported by her mother Mrs. Sarwar Gilani Sahiba, a professor of Urdu and Persian languages and literature, died in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
بہ احتیاطِ عقیدت بہ چشمِ تر کہنا
!صبا حضور سے حالِ دل و نظر کہنا
حصارِ جبر میں ہوں اور یہاں سے بھی ہجرت
مَیں جانتی ہُوں کہ ممکن نہیں مگر‘ کہنا
میں خاک شہرِمدینہ پہن کے جب نکلوں
تو مُجھ سے بڑھ کے کوئی ہوگا معتبر کہنا
یہ عرض کرنا کہ آقا مِری بھی سُن لیجے
بحبز تمُھارے نہین کوئی چارہ گر کہنا
مَیںاپنی پَلکوں سے لکھتی ہُوں حرفِ نامِ رسُول
مُجھے بھی آگیا لکھنے کا اُب ہُنرکہنا
یہ کہنا اب تو ہمیں تاِب انتظار نہیں
کہ ہم کریں گے مدینے کا کب سفر کہنا
The candour and frankness of her highly-charged poems is unusual for a woman writing in Urdu and she has gained a committed international audience, performing regularly at large poetry gatherings in Pakistan, Australia, Canada and the US. Unknown outside the Pakistani community, the translations here mark her introduction to an English-speaking audience.
She is a member of younger generation of female poets. Her experience of living in US shows a notable impact on her significant number of poems. Living through Diaspora has increased the complexity of her poems and reinforced her sense of female identity and introduced a new revolution against restraint creative writers in Pakistani society.
§ To catch butterflies...
§ This prisoner breathes
§ The breeze rewrites
§ Can someone bring me my entire being
§ I say nothing anywhere
§ The flower is torn at the heart
§ Mohabatain Jab Sumar Kurna (When you would count affections, 1993)
§ Udas Honay Kay Din Naheen (These are not the days of sadness, 1997)
§ Pehla Lafz Mohabat Likha (The first word was written "Love", 2003)
§ Selected poems like Ay Meeray Shareek-E-Risal-E-Jaan,
§ Hum Tera Intezaar Kurtey Rahey (And I kept waiting you!)(2008)
§ Noshi Gillani poems, Enitharmon Press, (15 Sep 2008), translators: Lavinia Greenlaw; Nukhbah Langah, ISBN 9781904634751
§ Ambreen Salahuddin (2005). Feminism in modern Urdu poetesses (1857- 2000). West Pakistan Urdu Academy.
"Noshi Gilani is the most renowned female Urdu poet today.”
|(Noshi Gilani with Ahmed Fraz)|
14 March 1964
Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
MA Urdu literature - Iqbaliat andPersian
Ghazal; Free verse Nazm
Mohabbatein Jab Shumaar Karna
Khwaja Farid Award
Saeed Khan Saeed Khan