Irfan Murtaza was born in Karachi, Pakistan and has lived in the United States for the last 30 years. He began writing poetry at the age of 15, and he presented his work in his first mushaira in 1987. He is the founder and current president of Urdu Writers Society Inc. which actively promotes Urdu literature in the US.
Best known for his poems dealing with love, he is a renowned poet who has published four books and released two CDs. Puraanay Gher Kay Mosam, Irfan’s first book, was published in 2002. In this collection, he relives his experiences from his homeland. This book has a universal message that appeals to any person who has left their homeland. Chanda, a collection of 88 love poems, was published in 2005. TasveeraiN, in which Irfan carries out imaginary conversations and interviews with 32 famous Urdu writers from the past, was also published in that same year. Dhanak Kay Rung Aur Tum was published in 2007, featuring another 125 love poems. Irfan plans on publishing several more books in the future.
Irfan’s travels have taken him around the world to read and promote his books in several countries: across the United States, Pakistan, England, Singapore and others. In the Urdu community, he is known worldwide for his poems “Jo bhi Tha Keya Thora Tha”, “Ab Bhi Aysa Hota Hoga” and “Puraanay Gher Kay Mosam”.
Irfan has recently begun painting and has taken up photography. His subjects, for both mediums, typically revolve around nature, painting and taking photos of animals and landscapes. You can find his art work and photography on this website.