Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum was a 20th-century poet. His pen name was Sufi Tabassum.
Sufi Tabassum, a trilingual poet, a teacher and a critic who not only gave us Urdu culture but Persian culture too. His characters like Tot batot is still here in our minds. His contributions to literature shall never be forgotten.
On his 42nd death anniversary, we pay tribute to him.
Early life and career
Sufi Tabassum was born on 4 August 1899 in Amritsar, Punjab, to parents of Kashmiri ancestry. He earned a master’s degree in Persian language from Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore, Pakistan. He worked for and remained with Government College Lahore. For his entire career, rising to head the Department of Persian Studies in 1943. Tabassum retired from Government College in 1954.
This circle’s members also included Pakistan’s noted literary personalities including Patras Bokhari, Abdul Majeed Salik, Imtiaz Ali Taj, M. D. Taseer, However Chiragh Hasan Hasrat, Hafeez Jalandhari, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and Majeed Malik. Sufi Tabassum also edited the magazine Lail-o-Nahar. While in addition to working for Radio Pakistan. However, Pakistan Arts Council and Iqbal Academy.
In Pakistan, he is considered to be a pioneer in children’s poetry. His popular poems for children are Totbatot and Jhoolnay.