Saturday, October 17, 2015

Deewan e Khatir Afridi

Khatir Afridi was born as Misree Khan in 1929, at Landi Kotal, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan near the border of Afghanistan, and died on August 24, 1961. Misree Khan was born to Afridi parents of the Zakka Khel clan. He was a prominent poet of the Pashto language but died young. He left behind a son, who has compiled all of his father's work into a volume.
Khatir was a few days old when his father died but his grandfather and uncle reared him very well and raised him like a son# Khatir, unfortunately, could not go to school# He took up a job at the Khyber Rifle's camp as a gardener and later on entered the line of private business. But he was fond of poetry and he learned to compose verses to the tunes of the rabab which was played by the maestro, Bagh-i-Haram, a resident of Malikdeen Khel who lived very close to Khatir.