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Amir Khusro

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Abul Hasan Yaminuddin Khusrau (1253-1325 AD), better known as Amir Khusro Dehlavi, is one of the iconic figures in India's cultural history. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amir Khusro was not only one of India's greatest poets, he is also credited with being the founder of both Hindustani classical music and Qawwali (the devotional music of the Sufis).

He wrote in both Persian and Hindustani. His poetry is still sung today in Sufi shrines throughout Pakistan and India.

Amir Khusrau (Khusro, or Khusraw) was the author of a Khamsa which emulated that of the earlier Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi. His work was considered to be one of the great classics of Persian poetry during the Timurid period in Transoxiana.

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