Punjabi culture is incomplete without Punjabi literature, which includes Punjabi Sufi poetry, folklore and Punjabi Dialects. Punjabi literature is the literary works that have been written in the Punjabi language specially by the people from historical Punjab which was before partition Before partition, the language by many scholars was written in different scripts from which Shahmukhi and the Gurumukhi were the common scripts. History has mentioned about the first ever poet who wrote poetry in Punjabi language in praise of god was Hindu Nath Yogis. Moving towards the era when Mughals and Sikhs were in the rule in Punjab. The events and stories on the lifetime of Guru Nanak which were The Janamshakis are the examples of the Punjabi prose in literature. It is proved by the scholars that Guru Nanak composed many Punjabi verses from the combination of three languages i.e., Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic following the Gurbani tradition. This continues to the development of Sufi poetry under the following famous poets: Shah Hussain (1538-1599), Sultan Bahu born in 1629 and died in 1690 (according to the book compiled by Khalid Pervaiz, Qalam e Bahu), Shah Sharaf (1640-1724), Ali Haider Multani (1690-1785), Saleh Muhammad Safoori and Baba Bulleh Shah (1680-1757). During the same time, the presence of Persian poets had preferred ghazals for the to convey their message through poetic expressions, the Sufi poets of Punjab inclined to compose in the Kafi. Kafi is the most famous classical form of Sufi music that was made in different languages like Saraiki, Punjabi and Sindhi which were originated from Punjab. Famous eminent Sufi poets who wrote poetry in Kafi style from which Baba Farid Ganjshakar, Baba Bulleh Shah, and Khwaja Ghulam Farid are very well known. (Click here to visit the page of eminent personalities).
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