Our Artists, Our Heroes: Irfan Gowani (Poet & Lyricist)

JollyGul.com has launched Irfan Gowani’s website on its hosting platform. The Jamat can now conveniently play and enjoy his devotional songs with his beautiful Urdu lyrics and English translations displayed at the same time. There are a total of 7 songs to mark the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Hazar Imam all sung by Taufiq Karmali and of these 2 are sung jointly by Taufiq and Abida Parveen.

This is a timely launch for Irfan’s 60th birthday coming up on February 15th. The idea to spring a surprise on Irfan for his 60th came from his friends Taufiq and Nasreen Karmali. JollyGul.com jumped on the idea and they all started working together with Irfan’s wife Shelina to gather content for this stealth project. So there is a chance you are seeing this even before Irfan!

The website has the following sections: Profile, Audios, Gallery (Pics), Updates and a Contact Form.


Irfan Gowani was born in Karachi, Pakistan. The youngest of seven children, he had many “parents” during his formative years. The majority of his life he’s lived in the U.S with most of that being in Seattle, Washington. His working life has primarily been at Microsoft in various roles: Developer, Software Designer, Program Manager and now, consulting on projects via his company Poetic Logic.
A devoted father to two sons, Jebraan and Faiz, and an ardent husband to Shelina whom he’s been married to for over 30+ years. An excellent cook, creating fusion dishes that take the best of French cooking (sauces) and Pakistani favorites Nihari/Bihari kebabs, Kadai chicken and coming up with original recipes such as Creamy Mango chicken.

Irfan’s two other loves in life – Urdu poetry and fly-fishing. He’s been doing both since a young man and many have appreciated his Urdu poetry acumen. During Golden Jubilee (2007/8), Irfan penned several ghazals and azaad nazams, five of which were showcased in a two volume CD pack titled Suneharaa Saal, with the title of the CD pack from his azaad nazam Suneharaa Saal. The ‘Queen of Sufi’ music singer Abida Praveen and good friend Taufiq sang and recorded Irfan’s ghazals and nazams for this Suneharaa Saal CD. Irfan was again honored to write and have Taufiq sing and record two of his ghazals for Diamond Jubilee (2017/18).

Irfan’s introspective time is when he’s fly-fishing, knee-deep in a river, one with nature!

Please start enjoying Irfan’s wonderful poetry delivered through some of the most popular songs on your computer or smartphone by clicking on the link below.


Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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