Poetry: A Short Biography of Masood Ali Khan Khalil of Gulmit, Hunza

April 20, 2022

By Fazal Amin Beg (based on an interview in 2014)

Masood Ali Khan son of Ibrahim Khan Khalil, belonging to the Buduley clan, was born on December 25, 1988 in Gulmit, Hunza. He has four brothers and two sisters.
Masood Ali Khan got his elementary education from F.G Boys High School Gulmit and enrolled in Al-Amyn Model School Gulmit for three years. For his secondary education he got admission in Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Gilgit. After completion of his Matriculation from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Gilgit in 2005, he pursued his intermediate (F.Sc) from Lahore. He received his BA from Karakurum International University as a private candidate however served Al-Amyn Model School Gulmit for 8 months as a teacher. He received his degree of Masters in Public Administration from Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar in 2012. Professionally he is working in the development sector of Pakistan through Hashoo Foundation Rawalpindi, parallel to his professional work he opted for his M.Phil in International Development Studies from Iqra University Islamabad. Masood Ali Khan started his poetry from his school life when he was in class 7. He assisted his friend Abuzar Ali in different performance in different events.
His involvement in different domestic cultural activities from his childhood always influenced him to come up with new ideas and convey it through his poetries and which also encouraged his artistic approach. Initially started his performances in the region representing his cultural dance with the renowned poet and singer Mr. Ali Aman Gojali motivated him to contribute in preserving his mother tongue Wakhi language. Later on another inspiration of his teacher Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, who is famous for his poetries in Wakhi language including other inspirations of village elders were a source of encouragement for his efforts in poetry and representation of his culture in the region and in different parts of Pakistan.
He believes that addressing the positive and negative aspects and preserving his mother tongue became the necessity due to cultural transformation.

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