The Urdu dastan, or romance, tradition is often said to consist of stories of razm o bazm , tilism o 'ayyari -- "battles and elegant gatherings, enchantments and trickery." In India, one dastan always dominated the field: the story of Amir Hamza. Elaborate tales about this hero were recorded and illustrated in the emperor Akbar's famous Hamza-nama; it seems that Akbar also enjoyed personally telling the stories to the ladies of the harem.
Interview with Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
DASTAN-E AMIR HAMZA: KHUDA BAKHSH LIBRARY EDITION
DASTAN-E AMIR HAMZA: FROM THE NAVAL KISHORE PRESS