Bhopal; Imminent Urdu poet, journalist, historian, theatre person and radio writer artist and drama director Mr Raees Hasan interviewed Muslim Saleem for Radio Azad Hindi for about 45 minutes. Monica Tiwari was also present.
The interview throws comprehensive light on Muslim Saleem’s works and life.
Muslim Saleem (born 1950) is a great Urdu poet, writer and journalist and creator of massive directories of Urdu poets and writers on different blogs. These directories include 1. Urdu poets and writers of India part-I 2. . Urdu poets and writers of India part-II 3. Urdu poets and writers of World part-I 4. Urdu poets and writers of World part-II, 5. Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh, 6. Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad, 7. Urdu poets and writers of Shajahanpur, 8. Urdu poets and writers of Jammu-Kashmir and Kashmiri Origin, 9. Urdu poets and writers of Hyderabad, 10. Urdu poets and writers of Augrangabad, 11. Urdu poets and writers of Maharashtra 12. Urdu poets and writers of Tamil Nadu, 13, Urdu poets and writers of Karnataka 14. Urdu poets and writers of Gujarat, 15. Urdu poets and writers of Uttar Pradesh, 16. Urdu poets and writers of Canada, 17. Urdu poets and writers of Burhanpur, 18. Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal 19. Female Urdu poets and writers, 20. Hindu Naatgo Shuara etc. These directories can be seen on :-
- www.khojkhabarnews.com 2, www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com 3. www.urdunewsblog.wordpress.com, 4. www.khojkhabarnews.wordpress.com. 5. www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.in 6 www.muslimsaleem.blogspot.in 7. www.saleemwahid.blogspot.in
(Life) Muslim Saleem was born in 1950 at Shahabad, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh in India, brought up in Aligarh, and educated at Aligarh Muslim University. He is the son of the well-known Urdu poet Saleem Wahid Saleem. He has lived in Bhopal, India since 1979.
(Education): Muslim Saleem studied right from class 1 to BA honours in AMU schools and University. He completed his primary education from AMU Primary School, Qazi Para Aligarh (Now converted into a girls school of AMU). He passed high school exam from AMU City School, Aligarh and B.A. Hons (Political Science) from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. Later, Muslim Saleem did M.A. in Arabic from Allahabad University during his stay in Allahabad.
(Career) Muslim Saleem began his career as a journalist in the Urdu-language newspaper Aftab-e-Jadeed, Bhopal. He is multilingual journalist having worked on top posts with Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Central Chronicle (English), National Mail (English), News Express (English) and most recently as the chief copy editor of the Hindustan Times in Bhopal. At present, Muslim Saleem is English news advisor to Directorate of Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh. (as on December 1, 2012).
Special issues of literary magazines on Muslim Saleem
“Shair” Mumbai: Revered Urdu Monthly “Shair” Mumbai, has published a special issue on Muslim Saleem in its July 2017 edition. The 70-page magazine contains 35 pages on life and works of Muslim Saleem
Fikr e Nau, Lahore” “Fikr e Nau, Lahore published a 14-page gosha on Muslim Saleem in its April 2014 edition, which is online also.
Adabi Kiran, Bhopal: Monthly Adabi Kiran, Bhopal dedicated its entire issue to Muslim Saleem containing colour pictures in 2011.
Tab Productions, Mumbai produced two documentary films on Muslim Saleem. Directed by Mr Azhar Buksh, the documentaries can be seen on YouTube by searching Muslim Saleem.
Mentioned as all-time great poet and journalist
Muslim Saleem has been mentioned as all-time great poet and journalist in (1) Nikhar Urdu directory and dictionary published by Mr Azhar Buksh from Nagpur (1) Book “Urdu Media” published from Hyderabad by Syed Fazil Hussain Parvez.
Inclusion of Ghazal in university syllabus
Muslim Saleem’s ghazal has been selected in the syllabus of Gujrat University, Pakistan. Thesis on Muslim Saleem’s works and life is being written in Lahore University.
TV and radio interviews
- Muslim Saleem has been interviewed by DD Urdu (see youtube)
- Iman FM Sheffield, England by RJ Kausar Shah
- Punj Radio, USA
- Radio Azad Hind, Bhopal (October 2, 2017)
(Praise by poets and writers) Great poet and scholar of Urdu and Persian Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi has also written a number of poetic tributes to Muslim Saleem. Dr. Azmi and Muslim Saleem are yet to meet face to face. Beside this, great short-story writer and critic Mehdi Jafar (Allahabad, Bashir Badr (Bhopal), Jafar Askari (Lucknow), Prof. Noorul Husnain (Aurangabad), Kazim Jaffrey (Lahore) and a host of others have written in-depth articles defining Muslim Saleem’s poetry.
(Muslim Saleem on other websites) Muslim Saleem’s life and works have been mentioned on Urdu Wikipedia, www.urduadab4u.blogspot.in, www.urduyouthforum.org and several other websites. In fact, www.urduyouthforum.org has given credit to Muslim Saleem for lifting a number of pictures and entries from Muslim Saleem’s websites and blogs.
(Works and awards) Muslim Saleem has been appointed as Patron of Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society. He is the author of Aamad Aamad, a compilation of his poetry published by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academi. Several of his couplets are well known in the Urdu language. He won the Yaad-e-Basit Tarhi Mushaira, a poetry competition, in 1982. In 1971, Muslim Saleem was awarded by Ismat Chughtai for his Afsana “Nangi Sadak Par” at AMU Aligarh. His ghazals and short stories have been published in Urdu-language publications Shair, Ahang, Asri, Adab, Agai, Naya Daur, Sada-e-Urdu, Nadeem and other periodicals and magazines. His work in service of the Urdu language was recognized in a special 2011 edition of the periodical Abadi Kiran, devoted to his work. Evenings in his honour have been organised in a number of cities. Muslim Saleem is currently compiling a massive database of poets and writers of the Urdu language, both historic and currently active.
(Translation of Muslim Saleem’s work in English): Great scholar Dr. Shehzad Rizvi based in Washington has translated Muslim Saleem’s ghazal in English even though they have never met. Dr. Rizvi saw Muslim Saleem’s ghazals on websites and was so moved that he decided to translate them.
(Address) : Muslim Saleem, 280 Khanugaon, VIP Road, Bhopal-462001
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