Munawwar Rana (Urdu: منور رانا )is a renowned Urdu poet. He hails from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh but spent most of his life in Kolkata. He is considered one of the most successful poets at Mushairas and is popular outside India also.
Rana's poetry has also been published in Hindi and Bangla. The notable feature of his poetry is that he used the genre of ghazal to eulogise mother, which is unique, as ghazal was considered a poetic form in which lovers' conversed with each other. Apart from his poetry collection, Rana has also penned a memoir.
Though non-controversial, he had a public spat with poet Bashir Badr at a public function. Rana is known to be a sensitive poet who uses Hindi and Awadhi words in the couplets. He avoids using flowery language and shuns chaste Urdu in his couplets, which is a reason that he is successful in poetic meets in non-Urdu areas also.
He has also performed on stages. Recent one was at Culrav 2012 (the cultrural event of NIT Allahabad).