Evaluate the contribution of Amir Khusrau to Indo-Persian Literature.
Amir Khusrau was an Indian musician, scholar and poet. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amir Khusrau was not only a notable poet but also a prolific and seminal musician. He wrote poetry primarily in persian, but also in Hindavi. He is regarded as the “father of qawwali” (the devotional music of the Indian Sufis. He is also credited with enriching Hindustani classical music by introducing Persian and Arabic elements in it, and was the originator of the Khayal and tarana styles of music.
The invention of the tabla is also traditionally attributed to Amir Khusrau. Amir Khusrau used only 11 metrical schemes with 35 distinct divisions. He has written Ghazal, Masnavi, Qata, Rubai, Do Beti and Tarkibhand. A musician and a scholar, Amir Khusrau was as Prolific in tender lyrics as in highly involved prose and could easily emulate all styles of Persian poetry which had developed in medieval persia, from Khaqani’s forceful qasidas to Nezami’s Khamsa. His contribution to the development of the ghazal, hitherto little used in India, is particularly significant.
Amir Khusrau was born in Patiali near Etah in northern India. His father, Amir Sayfud-Din Mahmud, was a Turkic officer and a member of the Lachin tribe of Transoxania, themselves belonging to the kara-Khitais Khusrow was a prolific classical poet associated with the royal courts of more than seven rulers of the Delhi Sultanate. He is popular in much of North India and Pakistan, because of many playful riddles, songs and legends attributed to him. Through his enormous literary output and the legendary folk personality, Khusrau represents one of the first (recorded) Indian personages with a true multi-cultural or pluralistic identity.
He wrote in both Persian and Hindustani. He also spoke Arabic and Sanskrit. His poetry is still sung today at Sufi shrines throughout Pakistan and India. Amir Khusrau was the author of a Kharnsa which emulated that of the earlier poet of Persian epics Nezami Ganjavi. His work was considered to be one of the great classics of Persian poetry during the Timurid period in Transoxiana.
Amir Khusrow is credited with fashioning the tabla as a split version of the traditional Indian drum, the pakhawaj. Popular lore also credits him with inventing the sitar, the Indian grand lute, but it is possible that the Amir Khusrau associated with the sitar lived in the 18th century (he is said to be descendant of the son-in-law of Tansen, the celebrated classical singer in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.