to Amin Kamil's official website
Kamil (b. 1924) is a leading poet, storyteller, editor, critic,
researcher and translator of the Kashmiri language.
began his literary career in Kashmiri in 1953, leaving behind his
decade-long flirtation with Urdu poetry. Within no time, he was
shaping and enriching the changing literary scene along with his
contemporaries including Dina Nath Nadim (1916-1988), Rehman Rahi
(b. 1923), Akhtar Mohiuddin (), Ali Mohammed Lone () and others.
Kamil's versatility and virtuosity he exhibited in various literary
forms, coupled with his characteristically native voice, has made
him an outstanding literary figure in Kashmir.
Kamil is a major voice in Kashmiri poetry and one of the chief exponents
of modern ghazal in the language. He, besides being a poet, has
also written short stories and a novel and works of literary criticism.
His critically edited collection of sufi poetry (Sufi Shair,
3 vols., 1964-65) remains a definitive text which has been widely
acclaimed. He has also edited the collected verse of Nund Reshi,
a 10th century sufi poet, and that of Habba Khatun, an 18th century
love poet. Kamil is also known as a scholar of a high calibre.
website offers information on every aspect of Kamil's literary career
and achievements, and makes available to readers a selection of
poems and stories and extracts from essays. English translations
of some of his work have also been included in these pages. It's
our hope that visitors of this site will value the information and
enjoy the writings.