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NAZIR AKBARABADI was born in Delhi circa 1735 and passed away in 1830. He is remembered as the "Father of Nazm." His prodigious output is estimated at two hundred thousand verses but most of it was never collected. In the twentieth century, bowdlerization of his work began and many current editions of his works have been marked with the deletions of the censors. The poem translated for the AUS is currently unavailable in the original. He is chiefly famous for his celebration of Indian life in all its manifestations—from the sublime to the most vulgar—in his poetry, which also displays his exceptional knowledge of many Indian languages.