Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum #REDIRECT [August 4 1899-1978) was a noted 20th century poet in three languages: Urdu, Punjabi, and Persian. Tabassum (or Tabussum) was the pen name by which he was universally known.

He is best known for his many poems written for children, as the creator of the Tot Batot character, and as the translator of many poetical works from Urdu and Persian into Punjabi. Sufi Tabassum's style is in the classical tradition, informed by a deep awareness of the pain and suffering that afflicts modern life.

Sufi Tabassum was born in Amritsar, India, to parents of Kashmiri ancestry. He earned a Master's degree in Persian from Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore. He remained with Government College Lahore for his entire career, rising to head the Department of Persian Studies...........


For about fifty years he was a prominent speaker on radio and television. His poems were used as the lyrics of several songs sung by Noor Jehan.

In 1966 he received the Tamgha-e-Nishan-e-Sipaas award of the Government of Iran, and he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.

Sufi Tabassum's son, Sufi Nisar Ahmed, was also a stage play writer and wrote many comedies, mainly Punjabi stage plays and television dramas. Sufi Tabassum's grandson Dr. Javed Sufi is an Urdu, Punjabi and English comedy writer who wrote, directed, and starred in comedy stage plays at the Alhamra in Lahore.

 Works (partial list)

    * Tot Batot Collection. Published by Ferozsons, (no date). ISBN 969-0-01118-9.
    * Ab Sab Hain Tot Batot Mian. Published by Sufi Gulzar Ahmed, 2000.
    * Jholanay. Published by Ferozsons, (no date)
    * Tarana Tabassum. Published by Dr. Javed Sufi
    * Aaj Sajdon Ki Intiha Kar Don. Published by Dr. Javed Sufi
    * Dogona. Published by Ferozonsons (a translation of the works of Hazarat Ameer Khosro)
    * Suwan Raine Da Sufna, a translation into Punjabi of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, unknown publisher.

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