Mahmud Gami

(1765 – 1855 / Dooru Shahabad, South Kashmir / India)

Biography of Mahmud Gami

Mahmud Gami (महमूद गामी) introduced in Kashmiri the Persian forms of the masnavi and ghazal. He was born at Dooru shahabad, a historical town in south kashmir. He is noted for his work Yusuf Zulaikha, a poem which is a major contribution to Kashmiri literature. It is the first and the most popular masnavi in Kashmiri. It comprises 700 verses and has also been rendered into the German by the 19th century European scholar Fredrich Burkhard.

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