Mirza Gul Muhammad Natiq Makrani

Mirza Gul Muhammad Natiq Makrani (c. 1778-1848) was born in a Baloch family of Mullazai tribe at Tasp, Panjgur. His date of birth is not confirmed but most sources agree on somewhere around 1778. His father's name was Noor Muhammad Mullazai. He also had a brother named Nabi Bux.
According to local sources, he got his primary education in his home town. In his early age he traveled to Isfahan, Iran for higher education. There he studied for many years and came back with a command of Persian language and literature.
Local people start calling him Gul Muhammad Paarsi-waan (meaning specialist of Persian language or Persian reader) because of his knowledge of the Persian language and literature. He spent only a few years at his home town of Tasp. He did not get married.
Then he left for Sindh in the court of Talpur Baloch. He severed all of his communications with his family and only wrote two letters from there according to the family sources. He left Sind for Lahore sometime around 1830. He stayed in Lahore for two years and then left for Delhi around 1833.
At that time Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, a famous Urdu and Persian poet was in his height. He give his Farsi deewan (collection) to Gul Muhammad for review where he makes the famous correction of (panja e khook). Ghalib in one of his Persian odes said on the unfaithfulness of a wife that "Khook shud panja zadan saaz kard" (become a sow, started scratching the claws) and Natiq Makkurani said: "Ghalib: khook srumb darad, panja nadarad" (Ghalib: sow got toes, not claws). Then Ghalib's reply initiates with these words: "Ba soo-e Natiq-e-rangen-bayan, az taraf e Ghalib-e-Harza-Sara" (To: Natiq the vibrant-narrator, From: Ghalib the blasphemer).
He stayed in Delhi for three years. In 1836, he went to Lucknow. He never returned to Delhi again. He enjoyed great favour from the ruler Asif Ud Doula of Lucknow. It is believed that he wrote many books but none of them have been found. His poetry was collected by his pupils in a book, Johar-e-Muazzam, which is currently out of print.
He died in Lucknow in 1848 and was buried there. His brother Nabi Bux's descendants are still living in Tasp Panjgoor.
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