Ustad Daman

Qasim Khan Lahore

Ustad Daman (real name Chiragh Deen) (September 1911 - December 3, 1984) was a Punjabi poet and mystic.

A tailor by profession, he was the most celebrated Punjabi poet at the time of the Partition of British India in 1947.

In 1930 he stitched a suit for Mian Iftikharuddin, who was impressed by his verse. He invited him to recite his poem at a public meeting organised by the Indian National Congress, where he became an instant hit; Pandit Nehru, who was present, dubbed him the ‘Poet of Freedom’. He first wrote under the pen name Humdam, which was later changed to Daman. The title ‘Ustad’ was bestowed on him by the people. After that he became a regular participant in these meetings.