Ikram Basra has been witness to the national life of Pakistan as a poet, lyricist, and journalist. His work has appeared in Bayaz, Lahore, and Pareet Larhi, Chandigarh. His poems can be found on Urdupoet.com and have been cited and broadcast by nearly all of Pakistan’s television stations. In 2008, he was the youngest poet to represent Pakistan in the SAARC writers conference, and his work has been translated from Urdu into Bengali, Orian, Hindi, and English. His forthcoming collection of poems includes an introduction by India’s legendary poet and lyricist Gulzar.
Basra’s lyrics have been preformed by Indian pop artists such as Shibani Kashyap ,Vipin Patwa and Jawad Ahmed. Basra also wrote the theme-song lyrics for Pakistan’s world champion cricket team and his poem on the death of Benazir Bhutto was adopted as the song for Pakistan People’s Party. At the request of various news organizations, he frequently provides lyrics for motivational and inspirational pieces as Pakistan grapple with natural disasters and terrorism.
His radio play Har Safar Hamsafar Se Roshan Hay was broadcast in 2009.
In addition to his literary activities, Basra works as a news producer for Pakistan Television (PTV). Before this, he worked for GeoTV where he covered major stories like the educational activism of the as-then-unknown Malala and the Marriott Hotel bombing.He holds an MA in Mass Communication from Punjabi University in LaHore and certificate in screenwriting from Bollywood’s Whistling Woods International in Mumbai. He has been profiled by Pulse International and Dawn.com