Amin Kamil

Amin Kamil

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Amin Kamil is one of the influential figures of Kashmiri poetry and one of the major exponents of modern ghazal in the language. He has contributed in the form of poetry, short stories, critic works and novels. Amin Kamil won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967 for his book of poems, Laveh Te Praveh. Beyi Suy Paan (1967), Padis Pod Tshay (1972) and Yim Myan Sokhan (2007) are his published anthology of poems. He has been honoured with Jammu & Kashmir Cultural Academy, the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir award and Robes of Honor from many prestigious organizations. International Irfan Foundation Award, Kashmir University's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Padma Shri from the Indian government are other major awards received by him.


Kamil was born at Kaprin, a village in South Kashmir in the year 1924. He graduated in Arts from the Punjab University and completed degree in Law from the Aligarh Muslim University. He joined the Bar in 1947 and practiced Law for 2 years till he joined as faculty in Sri Pratap College, Srinagar. During this time, he associated with the writers' movement. Under its influence, he switched over from Urdu to Kashmiri. He was one of the members who joined State Cultural Academy when it was set up in 1958. He was appointed the Convener for Kashmiri language and later became an editor. He edited the journals, Sheeraza and Son Adab for many years until his retirement in 1979.


"Kokar Jang" is regarded as his masterpiece. In 1958, Gati Manz Gaash was published which is regarded as one among his best works. Collection of short stories, "Kathi Manz Kath" is another popular work, which included the story – Cockfight. This work has been translated to many languages including English.

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Updated: February 28, 2014


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