(Muslim Saleem working on his computer in his office in 2010)

(The poetry portion of this site is edited by Muslim Saleem, who is poet, writer and journalist of repute. Muslim Saleem’s ash’ar are widely popular due to being connected with grassroots. It was his idea that we created this directory of Urdu poets and writers of All-India level (-Chief Editor, Ataullah Faizan and Editor Abdul Ahad Farhan) (See Muslim Saleem’s poetry with English and Hindi translations at this web site and muslimsaleem.blogspot.com and wikipedia.org)

Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com mobiles: 9009217456, 9893611323 phone 0755-2730580

(Note the list of deceased litterateurs in the end of this directory) (List of upcoming litterateurs at the very bottom of the directory)

Muslim Saleem’s famous couplets

1. Zindagi ki tarah bikhar jaayen……kyun ham aise jiyen ki mar jaayen

2. kar di meeras waarison ke sipurd….zindagi kis ke naam mar jaayen

3. rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha….

doctor neend ki goliyan likh gaya

4. wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai

haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam

gfjg

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Directory of All-India Urdu litterateurs

(The purpose of creating this blog is to highlight those Urdu litterateurs, about whom less or no material is available on the internet. Therefore, we will avoid details of poets like Iqbal, Meer and Ghalib here: Muslim Saleem)

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Dr.Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi

Dr.Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi is an eminent poet of classical Urdu Languge/poetry. He was born on 25th of Dec.1954 in Azamgarh (U.P.). He completed his education both from Shibli National College Azamgarh and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He completed his Masters in Urdu & Persian as also degree in education and topping that with a doctorate in modern /classical Persian from the Centre of African & Asian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) in the year 1996.He has travelled as part of his study tour  to many countries including Iran and Afghanistan. Presently he is serving as Translator-cum-Announcer (T/A incharge), in Persian service of the External Services Division of All India Radio, New Delhi. Dr.Barqi Azmi is devoted to the cause of furthering Urdu language through his rendering of Urdu poetry in general as well as “Topical Poetry “on various issues  of National and International prominence. For example a series of couplets titled “Yaad e RaftagaaN”-a poetic tribute to living and deceased Urdu poets including the stalwarts/legends like Wali Dakkini, Meer Taqi Meer, Ghalib, Allama Iqbal, Allama Shibli, Sir Syed and Faiz to name just a few. He is also well known for writing on such issues as: natural disasters like the 2004 Tsunami, 2011,Japan earthquake, scientific expeditions, on health topics like Polio & AIDS etc, environmental issues like pollution, Global Warming and also on UN mandated International Days(World Earth Day, Mothers Day, International Science Day etc).Dr.Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi has not only brought spotlight for his native Azamgarh but also his Alma meter Dayar e Shibli also known as Shibli National  College. His collection of poetry is easily accessible on Internet on various Urdu Websites & facebook.Here is a link of his personal websites: http://www.drbarqiazmi.com , http://drbarqiazmi.yolasite.com. He can be contacted on mobile No. +919868894385.

ڈاکٹر احمد علی برقی اعظمی کی موضوعاتی شاعری : ڈاکٹر غلام شبیر رانا

اردو ادب میں موضوعاتی شاعری پر بہت کم توجہ دی گئی ہے .قلی قطب شاہ سے لے کر ڈاکٹر احمد علی برقی اعظمی تک اردو میں موضوعاتی شاعری نے جو ارتقائی سفر طے کیا ہے اس کا جائزہ لینے سے یہ حقیقت روز روشن کی طرح واضح ہو جاتی ہے کہ موضوعاتی شاعری نے اب ایک مضبوط اور مستحکم روایت کی صورت اختیار کر لی ہے .اس رجحان کو انجمن پنجاب کی خیال پرور اور فکر انگیز شاعری سے بے پناہ تقویت ملی .آقائے اردو مولانا محمد حسین آزاد کی مساعی سے اردو میں‌موضوعاتی شاعری کو ایک اہم مقام ملا.اس کے بعد یہ روایت مسلسل پروان چڑھتی رہی .عالمی شہرت کے حامل نامور شاعر محسن بھوپالی کا ایک شعری مجموعہ “موضوعاتی شاعری ” کے نام سے آج سے پندرہ برس پہلے شائع ہو چکا ہے .اس سے یہ صداقت معلوم ہو تی ہے کہ روشن خیال ادیبوں ،دانشوروں اور شاعروں نے موضوعاتی شاعری کی اہمیت کو تسلیم کرتے ہوئے اس صنف میں طبع آزمائی کی .مجھے یہ جان کر خوشی ہوئی کہ ممتاز ادیب ،شاعر ،دانشور ،نقاد اور محقق ڈاکٹر احمد علی برقی اعظمی نے اردو کی موضوعاتی شاعری پر بھر پور توجہ دی ہے .ان کی شاعری کے متعدد نمونے میرے سامنے ہیں .وہ جس موضوع پر قلم اٹھاتے ہیں اسے لا زوال بنا دیتے ہیں .ان کا اختصاص یہ ہے کہ وہ عظیم تخلیق کاروں کو منظوم خراج تحسین پیش کر کے ان کے بارے میں مثبت شعور و آگہی پرواں چڑھانے کی مقدور بھر سعی کرتے ہیں .اس میدان میں ان کی مساعی اپنی مثال آپ ہیں .جس انداز میں وہ اپنے موضوع پر طبع آزمائی کرتے ہیں اوروں سے وہ تقلیدی طورپر بھی ممکن نہیں.اس لا زوال اور ابد آشنا شاعری میں کوئی ان کا شریک اور سہیم دکھائی نہیں دیتا.مرزا اسداللہ خان غالب ،میر تقی میر ،احمد فراز،پروین شاکر،فیض احمد فیض ،سید صادقین نقوی،مظفر وارثی اور متعدد عظیم تخلیق کاروں کو ڈاکٹر احمد علی برقی اعظمی نے جس خلوص اور دردمندی سے خراج تحسین پیش کیا وہ نہ صرف ان کی عظمت فکر کی دلیل ہے بلکہ اس طرح ان کا نام جریدہ عالم پر ہمیشہ کے لیے ثبت ہو گیا ہے .ان کا اسلوب ان کی ذات ہے .وہ انسانی ہمدردی کے بلند ترین منصب پر فائز ہیں .کسی کا دکھ درد دیکھ کر وہ تڑپ اٹھتے ہیں اور فی البدیہہ موضوعاتی شاعری کے ذریعے وہ تزکیہ نفس کی متنوع صورتیں تلاش کر کے ید بیضا کا معجزہ دکھاتے ہیں.ان کی موضوعاتی شاعری کا تعلق کسی ایک فرد،علاقے یا نظریے سے ہر گز نہیں ان کی شاعری میں جو پیغام ہے اس کی نوعیت آفاقی ہے اور وہ انسانیت کے ساتھ روحانی وابستگی اور قلبی انس کا بر ملا اظہار کرتے ہیں .ان کا یہ اسلوب انھیں ممتاز اور منفرد مقام عطا کرتا ہے .ان کے بار احسان سے اردو داں طبقے کی گردن ہمیشہ خم رہے گی . انھوں نے تہذیبی اور ثقافتی اقدار کو اشعارکے قالب میں ڈھال کر وہ معرکہ آرا کارنام انجام دیا ہے جو تاریخ ادب میں آب زرسے لکھا جائے گا.


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Dr. Agha Ghayas-ur-Rehman: Gulistan Colony, near Pandey Garden, Jafer Nagar, Nagpur,. 440013, (Mah.)
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Aisha Ashar Asadi: Sri Nagar Colony, Hyderabad (AP)

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Prof. Akhtarul Wasey: Born and educated in Aligarh. (He was a schoolmate of Muslim Saleem at AMU City School Aligarh in 1960s). Did BA (hons) in 1971 and MA (Islamic Studies) from Aligarh Muslim University in 1977. Joined Jamia Millia Islamia as lecturer in 1978 and rose to professor in Isamic studiesin 1991 till date. He is a very good orator apart from a versatile writer and has won many awards. He has also worked as correspondent of Press Asia International, Quami Awaz and National Herald and has edited such books as Islam and Modern Age and magazine “Jamia”. He has over 250 articles to his credit. He is president of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Dargarh Committee and deputy chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy. Mailing address: Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025. Ph. 011-26981717 Extn. 2852 . Residence: 0091-11-26986077. (See details on http://www.jmi.nic.in/FHum/awasey_is.htm.)

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Akhtar Jamal: Address: Dastgir Chowk, Near Aasbibi Dargah, Kalyan Road, Bhinwandi-421302 district Thane (Maharashtra). Best couplet;

Buhat kaha thaa ke sab ki aankhen chhalak uthhengi

Buhat kaha thaa na zikr-e-Akhtar Jamal karna

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Ali Ahmad Fatmi : Fatmi is at present head of Allahabad University’s Urdu department. He has written five books including 1. Ham asr Urdu Navil: Ek Mutalaah, 2. Kulliyat-I Ali Sardar Jafri. 3. Paremcand, Nae Tanazur Men, 4. Danishvar, Firaq Gorakhpuri, 5. Takhliqkar Qamar Rais. His contact number is 09415306239. He has been a good friend of Muslim Saleem. During my stay at Allahabad, we had daily sittings in which literary issues were discussed. Fatmi had written a letter to me in 1982. In fact, Fatmi had written this letter after reading my ghazal “jab bhi jazbon ke liye…” in Shair monthly magazine, praising it copiously. (On left is a copy of the letter. Kindly click on it to see an enlarged version)

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Anand Lahar: Plot No. 19, Bakhshi Nagar, Jammu

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Aseem Kavyani: Had been Shams Kanwal’s assistant in Mumbai for years. Kavyani has put together Intekhab-e-Gagan (Selection of Gagan), in two thick volumes. Address. 702, Seventh Floor, Ketan Apartments, Pablo Yad Road, Mazgaon, Mumbai-10. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on April 23, 2010)

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Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed: 41-A, Teachers Colony, In front of Markaz-e-Islami, Jafer Nagar, Nagpur-440013

Ashfaq-ur-Rahman Mazhar: 21/12, Subbiah Street, Ist Floor, Barracks Road, Periament, Chennai-600003

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Asma Saleem: She has recently won Sahitya Akademi’s award-2009 for her Urdu translated book Safar written by Amrita Pritam in Punjab as Sunahre. Mrs. Asma Saleem’s articles, analyses and translations have been published in various newspapers and magazines. She started her carrier with leading Urdu daily Rashtriya Sahara long ago and traveled a long journey in the field of media and journalism. She is based in Delhi.

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Ata Abidi: Address: C/O Book Emporium, Sabzi Bagh, Patna-800004 (Bihar). Best couplet;

Hai danishwar to sab par hukmraani chahta hai wo

Koi unwaan ho apni kahani chahta hai wo

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Azimuddin Azim: (See details in “Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal” on www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.com )

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Bashir Badr: He was born on 30th of April 1945 in Kanpur. His full name is Syed Mohammad Bashir. Bashir Badr has over 18,000 couplets to his name and many books in Urdu and Hindi. Scores of writers have also written numerous books on him. He is presently Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akademi, Bhopal. Awards: Badr was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contribution towards literature and Sangeet Natak Akademi. He was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection Aas in 1999. He resides at 11, Rehana Colony, Idgah Hills Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2547018 Mobile: 9425007018. (Bashir Badr was a teacher of Muslim Saleem in BA first year in 1972 in AMU)

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Bekal Utsahi: A lot of matter and videos are available on this poets on different web sites. I thought that he was just a singing poet earlier. But his recent poetry, espcially poems, betray his being a poet of 21st century. Address: Civil Lines, Balrampur (U.P.)

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BS Jain Jauhar: He was born in Amin Nagar Sarai (Tehsil Baghpat, Distt. Meerut) on 10th of of May1927. From the very beginning, he developed a taste for Urdu literature. Inside their family’s shop there was a small library of Udru books in an almirah. He studied them thoroughly. At the age of 12, he wrote his first Urdu poem and read it in the school function. It read like ‘Agar Hindostan main Daura – e –Taalim hojaye, jahaalat door hojaye, Falakat door hojaye’. His collection of poems is titled as “Tarana-e-Bedari”. Address: B-7, Industrial Estate, Partapur-250103 (Meerut). Phone nos. 0121-2440660, 2440770. (More details on www.jsjainjauhar.com) (posted by Muslim Saleem on September 15, 2010)

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Chandrabhan Khayal: He was born on April 3, 1946 at Babai in Hoshangabad district. In recent years, he has emerged as leading poet of Urdu Nazm and regarded as a giant among non-Muslim poets in line with Pt Daya Shankar Naseem, Pt Labbhuram Josh Malsiyani, Dr. Jagannath Azad and Raghupati Sahai Firaq Gorakhpuri. Babai is a place where Urdu teaching facilities were not available. Therefore, Khayal acquired the knowledge of Urdu through self-reading. After graduation he reached Delhi where he came into contact with Pt Ramkrishna Muztar Kakodwi, under whose guidance he became an expert of Urdu. In the early years, he used to writer poetry under the pseudonym ‘Chandra’ but later changed it to ‘Khayal’ on the suggestion of Firaq Gorakhpuri At present, he is the vice-chairman of Council for Promotion of Urdu Language in India at New Delhi. His books include 1. Sholon Ka Shajar (collection of poetry) 2. Gumshuda Admi ka Intezar (poetry), 3. Kumar Pashi-Ek Intekhab 4. Laulak (A long poem based on the life of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SAWS) 5. Sulagti soch ke saaye (Hindi poetry) 6. Subh-e-Mashriq ki azan (A collection of poems). Khayal has won a number of prestigious awards including Sheri Bhopali Award of MP Urdu Akademi and Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Samman of Madhya Pradesh government. Address: H. No. 23, Gali No. 14-B, Kaushik Enclave, Burari Extn, Delhi-110084. Phone (R) 011-27611051 Mobile: 9873334899. Best couplets: (Also see his entry in Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh at this site) Best couplets:

Parbat se utar kar chali jangal mein hawa tez

Main bhi usi raftaar se kuchh door chala tez

Phir dhoop mein saayon ke huey sainkdon tukde

Phir waqt ki talwar ko suraj ne kiya tez

Inhen mandir banana hai, unhen masjid banana hai

Koi sunta naheen unki, jinhen ik ghar basana hai

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Fazle Hasnain: He is one of the sons of Nisar Ahmad. He was born on December 7, 1946 at Rawaan, Lal Gopal Ganj in Allahabad district. He works are published in Indian and foreign magazines. He has written four documentary films’ scripts for Doordarshan. Two collections of his humorous and satirical articles – Ruswa Sare Bazaar and Du Badu – have been and three collections of drama – Roshni aur Dhoop, Ret Key Mahal and Raat Dhhalti Rahi have been published. He has also published the features on veteran poets and litterateurs in Hindi by the title Hua Jin Sey Shahr Ka Naam Roshan. His book on Ghalib is included in the syllabus of Allahabad University Diploma Course. He has also translated Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield in Urdu. Several of his books have been awarded by Urdu Academies of UP, West Bengal and Bihar. He has been bestowed with All-India Meer Award. On his overall literary contribution, the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Akademi gave a Rs one lakh cash award to him in 2009. Address, A/7, Patrakar Colony, Ashok Nagar, Allahabad-211001. Mobile No. 07499178776. email: hasnain.fazle@gmail.com

(See details in Urdu poets and writers Allahabad on muslimsaleem.wordpress.com)

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Fayyaz Qureshi: Ganga Nagar, Bangalore, Cell: 9448785860

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Furqan Sambhali ( (See details in Urdu poets and writers of India part-II on www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.com)

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Gulzar Delhwi: Full name Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Delhwi. He is at present 85 years of age and resides in Delhi. Gulzar Delhwi is a giant literary figure of Urdu in India. He is not only a good poet and writer but also an avowed activist. He has maintained the tradition of Urdu poetry, mushairas and ‘nashists’ (literarty meets) in Delhi, and in process groomed hundreds of poets. Gulzar’s association Anjuman Tamir-e-Urdu has completed sixty years and is probably the most active literary organisation in Urdu.

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Habab Hashmi: Allahabad, U.P

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Hafeez Najmi: Faisal Villa, Naya Para, Dhamtari-493773 (Chhattisgarh). Best couplet;

Tu jo kehta hi rahaa husn ko kaafir Najmi

Sach bataa Ishq magar, sahib-e-imaan tha kya

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Prof Hamidi Kashmiri. He is a renowned name in Urdu literature. He is a former vice-chancellor of University of Kashmir. He has been honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to literature and education. Address: Masood Manzil, Kohe Sabz, Srinagar (J-K)

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Iftikhar Imam Siddiqi: A great warrior of Urdu. As editor of “Shair” monthly magazine, he has put in invaluable services to the language which is beleaguered in India. A worthy successor to his grandfather Allama Seemab Akbarabadi’s poetic heritage, Iftikhar Imam is himself a poet par excellence. Like his father late Ijaz Siddiqi, he is also good at editing and writing. He is bed-ridden since 2001 after a train accident. He was returning to Bombay from a Mushaira. During the journey, he wanted to contact her mother on mobile phone to know her well-being. As the network was missing in the train compartment, he alighted on the platform when the train stopped at a small station and started trying to make mobile contact. In the meantime, the train started moving. He rushed to catch the train but fell beneath it. The train passed over him injuring his head severely. Though he survived but his body was paralysed. Iftikhar Imam received yet another setback when his mother Mohtarima Naseem Banu (Manzoor Fatima) died in May, 2010. The 93-year-old revered lady breathed her last on Monday, May 24, 2010. During a telephonic talk, Iftikhar Imam told Muslim Saleem that his agonies have doubled up after the death of his mother. Muslim Saleem appeals to all the Urdu lovers to pray to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss and continue to serve Urdu as before. An appeal is also made to pray for the recovery of Iftikhar Imam Siddiqi from his ailments.

Phone residence 27707127 Mobile No. 9324515157: Mailing Address: Shair monthly, PO Box No. 3770, Girgam post office, Mumbai-400004.

GHAZAL BY IFTIKHAR IMAM SIDDIQI

vo na hogaa to kyaa kamee hogee

bas adhuree si zindagee hogee

Gham hi chaandee hai, gham hee sonaa hai

Gham na hogaa to kyaa khushee hogee

usko sochoon usee ko chaahoon main

mujhse aisee na bandagee hogee

baat honton pe jam gayee uske

chup ye toote to ankahee hogee

Doob jaayegee shor men duniyaa

lafz honge na khamushee hogee

(More information about Iftikhar Imam Siddiqi to follow: Posted by Muslim Saleem on May 30, 2010)

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Iqbal Ansari: F-176, Pando Nagar, Lane-3, Delhi-110091.

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Ishrat Betab: Address: Zeb Kadah, Jahangir Mohalla, Asansol-713302 (W.B)

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Izhar Khizr: Address: City Court, Near Oma Petrol Pump, Patna-800001

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Jafar Askari: This son of Prof. Ahtesham Hussain is a gem of a person. He is a very sensitive human being as well as poet. Jafar Askari is living in Lucknow these days. (December 21, 2010). (See details on “Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad)

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Jamal Owaisi: Address: Mohalla Faizanulah Khan, Khan Saheb Ki Deorhi, Darbhanga-846004 (Bihar). Best couplet:

Hayat-e-nau ki kashakash mein dhhondhtey hain khushi

Fareb-khurda sahi khud se baaryaab to hain

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Jatinder Parwaaz: Is a young Urdu poet. He lives in village Shahpur Kandi, Tehsil – Pathankot, Punjab, India – 145029, ( Mobile Number in Delhi – 09868985658). Details can be seen on the blog http:// jatinderparwaaz.blogspot.com.

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Javed Akhtar: He is a young and upcoming Urdu poet, who hails from Patna (Bihar). At present he is based in Delhi . Several of his poems can be seen on this web site. He has flair and fervour for writing poems and I wish him a bright future both in his poetic as well as academic life. Mobile No. 09313007131(Muslim Saleem-November 8, 2010).

جاوید اختر دی – ٢٥٠ ، ابو الفضل اینکلیو، جامیا نگر ، او کھلا ، نی دہلی

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Kashmiri Lal Zakir: The 91-year-old Urdu litterateur has a chequered history. He has been honoured as Fakhr-e-Haryana by the Haryana Government. He has won acclaim as a leading Urdu writer not only in India and Pakistan but also in the entire Urdu world. Zakir started his literary career in early forties in Jammu and published in prestigious literary journals like Humayun and Adabi Duniya from Lahore. Though originally from Jammu, he has served Haryana in his capacity as Secretary of Haryana Urdu Akademi since 1987. Zakir has authored 29 novles and many books of poetry.

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Kulsum Mumtaz: Near Bohra Masjid, Itwari, Nagpur, Mah.

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Prof. Lutfurrahman: He is a poet, writer and critic. He was born to Maulvi Abdul Ghafoor at a Darbhanga village in Bihar on February 2, 1941. He rose to become professor and then head of Urdu Department, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University and then became Bihar government’s Minister for Minorities Welfare. Address: F-7, Sapna Apartments, Naya Tola, Patna. Permanent address: Mohallah Tatarpura, Bhagalpur-812002 (Bihar). His books include: 1. Taazgi-e-Barg-o-Nawa, 2. Jadeediyat ki Jamaaliyat, 3.Naqd-e-Nigah, 4. Nasr ki Sheriyaat, 5. Raasikh Azeemabadi, 6. Ta’beer-o-taqdeer, 7. Bosa-e-gham, 8. Sanam Ashna, 9. Dastan Tilismi Sayyare ki 10. Tumhen Yaad Ho ke na Yaad Ho, 11. Shahr-e-Wafa 12. Urdu fiction ke sau Saal (Afsana), 13. Urdu fiction ke sau saal (Novel).

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Dr. Mohd. Harun Faraz: Malegaon, Nasik, (Mah.)

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Dr. Majid Dagi: Urdu Farsi department, Gulbarga university, Gulbarga Cell: 09449310099

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Prof. Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad. He has recited poems at thousands of mushairas (Urdu poetry recitations) and kavi-sammelans (Hindi poetry recitations) since 1949, in a number of countries other than India, viz., the USA, Canada, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Nepal and Pakistan. He is the editor of Imkan (Monthly Urdu literary journal from Lucknow) and President, All India Urdu Rabita Committee. He is also the former president of, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad Memorial Committee, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy. He retired as Professor, Department of Urdu, University of Lucknow. His books include College Girl, 1954 (Novel), Urdu ka Mas’laa, 1957 (Monograph), Shahr-e-Sukhan, 1961 (Poetry), Abul Kalam Azad: Fikr-o-Fan, 1964, Abul Kalam Azad Al-Hilal ke Aaine Mein, Ghubaar-e-Khaatir ka Tanqeedi Mut’aalaa, Shahr-e-Sitam (Poetry), Raqs-e-Sharar, 2004 (Autobiography), Intikhaab Ghazaliyaat Nazeer Akbarabadi He has written preface of more than 200 books. Awards received by him include UP Urdu Academy Award for Lifetime Contribution to Urdu Literature, Award for the promotion of Urdu language, MP Urdu Academy Award for Lifetime Contribution, Imtiaz-e-Mir and Iftikhar-e-Mir from the All India Mir Academy, Honour from the Khuda Baksh Library, Patna, Maekash Akbarabadi Award, Harivansh Rai Bachchan Award, Sufi Jamal Akhtar Award, Firaq Samman from the Aalami Urdu Conference, New Delhi, Momin Khan Momin Ghazal, Faqr-e-Urdu Award from the Osmania University Ex-Students’ Association of Greater Chicago, Title of Sahitya Saraswat by Hindi Sammelan, Prayag

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Raeesuddin Raees: Real name: Qazi Raeesuddin Ansari is an established poet and writer. He is son of Qazi Zaheeruddin Ansari was born at Jewar town in Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh on June 18, 1948. Address: 10/1725, Delhi Gate, Opposite Nadir Mahal, Beneath Hathi Wala Pul, Aligarh-202001. Phone: 0671-2906106. mobile: 09536780792 and 09808680026. emails: qrua_786@hotmail.com, raeesuraees@yahoo.com (See details and ghazal in “Urdu poets and writers of India” on www.poetswritersofurdu.bloogspot.com)

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Mohd. Rafiuddin Mujahid: Marifat Medina kirana shop, Muzaffar nagar, Akola-444001, (Mah)

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Dr. Mohammad Samiuddin: Lecturer Urdu Department, ARS Inamdar Women’s Degree College, Bijapur

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Dr. Mohammad Sharafuddin Sahil: Haidari Road, Momin Pura, Nagpur-440018, (Mah.) Cell: 9049754022

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Mansoor Faridi: Chief Editor, Three Monthly, Faizur Raza, Tala Para, Bilaspur, (Chg)

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Manzur Ahmed Dakini: H.No.5-38, Bakhshi Haweli, Roza(B), Dargah Road, Gulbarga, 585104

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Manzur Waqar: Talikot, Bijapur, Cell: 9731428416

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Manzoor Nadeem: Address: Sessions Judge, 2nd Floor, District Sessions Court, Wardha-442001 (Maharashtra). Best couplet:

Hai sard saa kisi key jawabaat ka badan

Tanha jale hai apne sawalaat ka badan

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Masood Shams: Ansari Road, Rajopatti, Sitamarhi-843301 (Bihar)

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Mazhar Mohiuddin: Address: Makhdoom Manzil, Ganeshpat, Hubli-580020 (Karnataka). Best couplet

Ek yaad hi to thi mera sarmaya-e-hayat

Ab rafta-rafta wo bhi mujhe dar badar lagee

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Mujtaba Hussain: Born at Pancholi, district Gulbarga in Karnataka state on July 15, 1936. He is a prolific and critically acclaimed Urdu journalist and satirist writer. Over the past forty years he has produced fifteen volumes of incisive, humorous journalism and creative writing. His work has been widely translated into English, Hindi and various other regional languages of India. In 2007, he received a Padma Shree, for his contributions to Urdu literature. He lives in Hyderabad.

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Muslim Saleem: Born November 1, 1950 at Shahabad, Hardoi (UP) and brought up & educated in Aligarh. Residing in Bhopal since 1979. Started career as journalist in Aftab-e-Jadeed (Urdu). Later switched to Hindi and finally English journalism. He is chief copy editor of Hindustan Times, Bhopal at present. His couplets are famous as written by unknown poet. He won the Yaad-e-Basit tarhi mushayara in 1982. His ghazals and short stories have been published in Shair, Ahang, Asri Adab, Agai, Naya Daur, Sada-e-Urdu, Nadeem and many other periodicals and magazines. Phone 0755-2730580, Mob 9893611323, 9009217456 email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com. Best couplets:

1. Kaun hai is shahr mein mujh se zyaada baakhabar

Mujh ko saare bewafaaon ke patey maloom hain

2. Taqdeer ki mujh se yunhi takraar chalegi

Main saaye mein baithhoon gaa to deewar chale gi

3. deo qaamat wo shajar jab tez aandhi mein gira

pasta-qad jitne they paudey sab qad-aawar ho gaye

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Mazhar Imam: He was born in 1928 in Bihar’s Darbhanga district. His father Syed Amir Ali was a post master. Imam did his post-graduation in Urdu and Persian before going to Pune for diploma from TV and Film Institute. In 1951, he joined a daily newspaper Karvaan that was published from Calcutta. Later, he became a schoolteacher and then All India Radio and remained associated for over three decades. Mazhar Imam is considered the founder of Azad Ghazal genre in Urdu poetry. Best couplets: 1. Rashk karte hain jeetnein waale…….ham ne is tarha maat khaayee hai

2. Apna hi faisla thaa ke ghar chhod kar chale

Mud mud ke phir ye kyoon dar-o-deewar dekhnaa

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Dr. Mehbub Rahi: Baarsi Taakli, Akola, 444001, (Mah.)

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Naiyer Masud (also spelt as Masood): Naiyer Masood was born in Lucknow in 1936. He is one of the foremost Indian writers. Naiyer Masood, is known for his masterful portrayal of the Lucknow of yore. A flag-bearer of post-modernist tradition in Urdu, his short-stories reflect the decline of Lucknow, once the epitome of culture and civility in India. But the stories no way lament the loss of an era. Rather they deal about the ordinary human beings, and the celebration of their courage in the face of adversities. In his stories, Masood demolishes the perception that Lucknow’s society was decadent. His story ‘The Myna from the Peacock Garden’ [Taoos Chaman ki Mynah] is a classic. He has written 21 books.

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Nazeer Ahmad Yusufi: Short story writer. Address: Urdu Darbar, Kahmanis School Street, Asansol-713302 (West Bengal).

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Nazeer Fatehpuri: Poet. Address: Post Box No. 13, Yerwada, Pune-411006.

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Nida Fazli: Nida Fazli is an all-rounder. He was born in Gwalior in 1938 and moved to Mumbai in 1964 to eke out a living by penning film songs. On one hand he writes couplets like…”sooraj ko chonch mein liye murgha khadaa rahaa…..khidki key pardey khol diye raat ho gayee” and on the other hands pens such lyrics for films “kabhi kisi ko mukammal jahaan naheen miltaa……..kaheen zameen to kaheen aasmaan naheen miltaa”. He also excels in prose. Best couplet

Dhoob mein niklo, ghataaon mein nahaakar dekho

Zindagi kya hai kitaabon ko hataakar dekho.

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Qaiser Aziz: (See details “Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal” on www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.com)

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Qamar Sambhali: Nai Sadak, Delhi, Cell: 09871654885

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Qazi Abdul Sattar: He is a prolific writer of Urdu fiction in India. He was born at Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh in 1930 and joined AMU Urdu department in 1956. He received Ghalib Award in 1973 Padma Shree in 1974 and Imtiaz-e-Mir Award twice – in 1976 and 1979. His contributions to Urdu literature are about a dozen novels such as Dood-a-Chirag-e-Mehfil, Shab Guzeeda, Ghubar-e-Shab, Badal, Dara Shikoh and Salah-ud-Din. A movie ‘Qazi Abdul Sattar’, has been made and directed by Ibn-e-Zubair and. Shahab Ali Khan for Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. ‘Peetal ka Ghanta’ is his most famous short story. (He was a teacher of Muslim Saleem in AMU).

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Qazi Mushtaq Ahmad: Short story writer. Address: B/6, Ray-Venue Society, ICS Colony, Ganesh Khind, Pune-411007.

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Rafeeq Shaheen: Taalim Manzil, Marris Road, Aligarh, 202002,

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Rahat Indori: See “Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh”.

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Rajesh Reddy: He has a poet and has brought out his collection by the title “Falak Bhar Udaan”. Monthly Shair has published an exclusive coverage on him in its September 2010 issue. He was born on July 22, 1952 at Nagpur and brought up in Rajashtan. He started his career as a Hindi journalist and then joined All-India Radio. At present, he is the station director of AIR Mumbai. Rajesh Reddy is also a music director. Address: A-403, Silver Mist, Near Amarnath Tower, Saat Bungalow, Andheri (West), Mumbai-400061. best couplets

Jitni batna thi, bat chuki ye zameen ab to bas aasmaan baqi hai

Na jis kaa roop naa akaar koi hamein to bas usi ko dhhondhna thaa

(Note by Muslim Saleem: Roop: Body, Akaar: Shape. The second couplet speaks about the poet’s tilt towards belief in a shapeless God)

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Rashid Allahabadi: He is one of the sons of Nisar Ahmad. He was born on January, 1944 at Rawaan, Lal Gopal Ganj in Allahabad district. He works are published in Indian and foreign magazines. His collection of poetry “Mutthi Mein Aftab” has been awarded by UP Urdu Academy. Address: Rashid Allahabadi, Rawaan, Lal Gopal Ganj in Allahabad district-229413.

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Rajender Nath Rehbar: He is an Urdu poet. The Punjab government has bestowed Shiromani Urdu Award on him. See details on rehbarsaheb.blogspot.com. (This site presents his poetry in Devnagri script). Best couplet:

Kal tak tha naam jinka badnaam bastiyon mein

Chalte hain aaj unke ahkaaam bastiyon mein

Karte rahenge ham bhi khatayen naee naee

Tajveez karna tum bhi sazayen naee naee

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Ravi Kant Anmol: He is young Urdu poet. Details and poetry are available on aazaadnazm.blogspot,com and listentome.vndv.com. (Blog is in Devnagri sript). Best couplet;

Use mandir banana hai, ise Masjid banana hai

Mujhe bas fikr itni hai ke apna ghar basana hai

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Dr. Riaz Ahmed: R.E. President Urdu department, Farooq college, Kalikut, Kerala

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Dr. Sabiha Anwar: Principal, Karamat Husain Muslim Girl’s Post-Graduate College, University of Lucknow. Publications: Warq Warq Zindagi, Collection of Short-Stories (1975), Urdu Mein Khudnavisht Savaane Hayat (1982), Baqi Savalat, A Critical Study of Interviews (1990). Awards:1975 UP Urdu Academy Award for her collection of short-stories Warq Warq Zindagi, 1981 Urdu Adab Award from the Mahila Sewa Sansthan1982 Uttar Pradesh Award for her book Urdu Mein Khud Navisht Savaneh Hayat (An Analysis of Autobiographical Writing in Urdu), 1982 Mir Academy Award in recognition of her literary contributions, 1988 Adeeb International Society Award for the promotion of Art, Culture and Literature, 1992 Certificate of Appreciation from the Lions Club of Lucknow for her services to society

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Sabir Hublawi: Altaf Nagar, Near Govt. Urdu School, Old Hubli-580021

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Salah-ud-din Nayyar: H.No.11-3-824/7, Kehkashan, New Mili Pili, Hyderabad, (A.P)

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Sahir Kalim: Near Jai Talkies, Silwad, 431112, Dist. Aurangabad, Mah.

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Sayyad Moin-ud-Din Alavi: 597-Medical College Road, Aligarh-202002.

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Shah Hussin Nehri: Address: Maman Maqsood Colony, Roshan Gate, Aurangabad-431001 (Maharashtra). Best couplet:

Merey firt-e-shauq ko yun mushtahar kis ney kiya

Much ko khud apna hi aakhir muntazar kis ney kiya

Hai imtihaan aaj bhi millat ke rubaru

Zer-e-ajal hai zeest to phir jaan-o-tan mein kya

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Shah Hussin Nehri: Address: Maman Maqsood Colony, Roshan Gate, Aurangabad-431001 (Maharashtra). Best couplet:

Merey firt-e-shauq ko yun mushtahar kis ney kiya

Much ko khud apna hi aakhir muntazar kis ney kiya

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Shaida Rumani: 3-1-49, Bairoon Qila, Raichor-584101, Karnataka

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Shamim Hanfi; Born: 17 May 1939, at Sultanpur (UP); Joined AMU in 1969; Education: D. Litt. (first regular student enrolled for the same course); left AMU in 1976; Published 20 books (criticism, translation and plays); Editor-jamia ,Address: (R) – B – 114, Zakir Bagh, Okhla Road, New Delhi – 110025, (O) – Professor, Deptt. of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi; Phone No. No. 6836451 (R), 6831717 ext. 333 (O). (He taught me Urdu in pre-university class in AMU: Muslim Saleem July 4, 2010)

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Shamsur Rahman Faruqi: Born on 30 September 1935, Faruqi obtained an MA in English from the University of Allahabad in 1955. He entered the Indian Postal Service in 1958 and retired in 1994 after many senior positions in the Post Office and the Government of India. Faruqi is a critic, poet, fiction writer and translator. He has also written a novel Ka’i Chad They Sar-e-Asman (कई चाँद थे सर-ए-आसमां)’. His stories, “Safar Aur Dusre Afsane” have also been praised everywhere. He is writer of Urdu modernism (jadidiyat). He has also done much to reinterpret the classical poets, especially Mir Taqi Mir. Faruqi is a recipient of Saraswati Samman. His English book “Early Urdu Literature and History” has been published by Oxford University Press. Three volumes of his study of the Dastan of Amir Hamza have come out and the fourth is under preparation. Faruqi has won many awards and honours for poetry and prose and has travelled to many countries for delivering lectures or teaching courses. Address 29-C, Hastings Road, Allahabad-211001. Phone No. 0532-2622693 Mobile: 09425340662

(Posted by Muslim Saleem on June 12, 2010)

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Sheikh Bashir Ahmed: Srinagar, Cell: 01942104598

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Sikandar Irfan: Khandwa, MP

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Syed Noorul Husnain. Born on March 19, 1950 at Aurangabad to follower of Sufi cult, Syed Noorul Waheed, who is in the seventh generation Hazrat Syed Shah Qamruddin Naqshbandi. Noorul Husnain did his MA Urdu. Initially, he adopted teaching as profession and later got appointed as announcer with All-India Radio. Three collections of his short stories have been published including (!) Simat-te daire (2) Mor raqus aur tamashai (3) Garhi men utarti sham apart from a novel ‘Aahankar, a collection of articles ‘Khush bayanyan”, a book of dramas “Insan Amar hai” and three collections of stories for children. Address: 1/12/31 Pragati colony, Ghati, Aurangabad- 431001. Mobile 09890849736

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Sultan Mohi-ud-Din Anjum: Dar-us-Salam, 2/9, B.N. Patti, Harur Taluqa-636906 (T.N.)

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Tariq Chhatari (Mohammad Tariq) is an Urdu fiction writer and critic. He has a collection of short stories, Baagh Ke Darwaze, to his credit. He has also edited a volume, Jadeed Afsana. He is the recipient of the Uttar Pradesh Urdu academy Award. He worked with the all India Radio for close to a decade before joining Aligarh Muslim University where he is currently a reader in the Department of Urdu. Address: (R) – Nazima Manzil, Amir Nishan Road, Dodhpur, Aligarh; Phone No. 0571-404097. Mob: 0935827145 (One of close friends of Muslim Saleem. Though we have not met for 35 years after I left Aligarh in 1975 the moments of out company still burn bright in my memories. He and Saleem Peerzada (Lavee) had worked wholeheartedly when I contested election to AMU students union though I lost by a whisker due to my own mistake.) (See: Tariq Chhatari in the light of “Baagh ka darwaza” in the poetry section of this web site.) (Posted by Muslim Saleem on July 4, 2010 revised September 6, 2010)

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Usman Jauhari: Poet. Books: Tu Hee Tu, Rubaroo, Ku Ba Ku. Address: Aashiana, Happy Home Colony, Auto Nagar, Near National Highway, Jalgaon.425001 (Maharashtra).

Hai imtihaan aaj bhi millat ke rubaru

Zer-e-ajal hai zeest to phir jaan-o-tan mein kya

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Dr. Wajeehuddin: He is presently a lecturer in Deptt. of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi-110025. Ph. 6831717 Extn. 333. Has won UP Urdu Academy Award Delhi Urdu Academy Award and Josh Malihabadi Award by the journal ‘Naya Safar’, New Delhi. He his a writer and also a poet. Address: 84/7, Ghaffar Manzil, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025.

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Waseem Barelvi

Waseem Barelvi (Real Name: Zahid Hasan) His ghazals are very popular, specially in mushairas. Waseem Barelvi was born on February 8th, 1940 in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. He has been awarded the “Firaq International Award. His poetic publications include ● Tabassum-e-Gham (Urdu) (1966) ● Aansu Mere Daman Tera (Hindi) (1990) ● Mizaj (Urdu) (1990) ● Aankh Aansu Hui (Urdu) (2000) ● Mera kya (Hindi) (2000) ● Aankhon Aankhon Rahe (Urdu) (2007) ● Mera kya (Urdu) (2007) ● Mausam Andar Bahar Ke (Urdu) (2007). He began his career first as an Assistant Professor (1962-1980) and then as an Associate Professor & Head (1980-2000), Dept. of Urdu, Bareilly college, Bareilly. He also worked as a Dean, Faculty of Art, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly (1998-2000). Presently he is working as Vice Chairman, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, Ministry of Human Resource Development, (Department of Higher Education), Govt. of India (as on February 19, 2013). See further details on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Prof._Waseem_Barelvi/sandbox as well as on facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Waseem-Barelvi/148834048505353. Waseen Barelvi has another facebook account.http://www.facebook.com/waseem.barelvi?ref=ts&fref=ts He has won a number of awards. He has also performed at Culrav 2012 (the cultural event of NIT Allahabad).

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Dr. Zubair Qamar Diglori: Lecturer Department Urdu, Diglor College, Diglor, District Nandeed, (Mah.)

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Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim was a philosopher, art critic, writer and poet par excellence. He was born on June 13, 1896 at Lahore and died at the same place on January 31, 1959. Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim did his Matriculation in 1910; FA in 1913 from Aligarh Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College (Which was declared as Aligarh Muslim University in the year 1920); BA in 1915 from Delhi St Stephens College; MA in 1917 also from Delhi St Stephen’s College; LLB in 1918 Lahore from Law College. He was appointed Assistant Prof of Philosophy 1919 Osmania University Hyderabad Deccan. In 1925, he did his PhD from Heidelberg University, Germany (paid for by his salary and a loan from the University); The same year (1925) he became, Head of Department Philosophy of Osmainia University Deccan. He became Principal of Amar Singh College 1943-47 Srinagar, Kashmir and Director Education on Deputation. One again, he was appointed as Dean Faculty of Arts 1948-49 Osmaina University Hyderabad Deccan; He was awarded LLD (Honoris Causa) by the Punjab University Lahore 1957. He penned hundreds of books in Urdu, English and Persian and translated many an epic from Persian. He also translated Gita in Urdu in poetic form, which has been published by Haryana Urdu Academy and Bharti Vidhya Bhavan, Mumbai. His book Fikr-e-Iqbal is taught in higher Urdu classes. Though a number of books have been published but here is a list of book found on openlibrary.org (http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL754A/Khalifa_Abdul_Hakim)

  1. Islamic ideology ( Islamic ideology: the fundamental beliefs and principles of Islam and their application to practical life. 5 editions – first published in 1953) 2. Islam and communism (3 editions – first published in 1953) 3. Fikr-e Iqbāl (3 editions – first published in 1956), 4. Kalām-e-Ḥakīm (Poetry – 2 editions – first published in 1973) 5. Dāstān-i dānish ( 2 editions – first published in 1943), 6. The metaphysics of Rumi. 6. ( The metaphysics of Rumi: a critical and historical sketch.- 2 editions – first published in 1933) 7. Afkār-i Ghālib ( 2 editions – first published in 1973). 8. Maqālāt-i Ḥakīm (2 editions – first published in 1969) 9. Fundamental human rights (2 editions – first published in 1955) 10. Tashbīhāt-i Rūmī (2 editions – first published in 1990) 11. Tashbihat-i Rumi (1 edition – first published in 1959) 12. Fikr-e-Iqbal (1 edition – first published in 1961) 13. The Prophet and his message (1 edition – first published in 1972) 14. Iqbāl aur Mullā (1 edition – first published in 1960), 15. Talkhīṣ-i khutbāt-i Iqbāl 1 edition – first published in 1988), 16. Ḥikmat-e-Rūmī (1 edition – first published in 1955) 17. Afkar-e-Ghalib (1963) 18. The metaphysics of Rumi (a critical and historical sketch-1945).

The thoughts of Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakim are a leading light for the sane Muslims who decry terrorism and regard Islam as a religion of love. Other books of Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakeem has been published by the Institute of Islamic Culture, 2 Club Road, Lahore, Pakistan.

Abbas Hussaini: He founded Nakhat Publications in 1948 under which Ibne Safi started writing detective fiction. With the advice of Ibne Safi, Abbas Hussaini made arrangements for publishing monthly detective novels. The name of the series was Jasoosi Duniya, and it was the first time Asrar Ahmad started writing with the famous pen name of Ibne Safi. Containing his original characters, Inspector Faridi and Sergeant Hameed, the first novel Dilaer Mujrim (The Brave Criminal) was published in March 1952. Later, Ibne Safi started separate novel of another character Imran. Nakhat magazine later branched out into three series: Tilismi Duniya (realm of sorcery,) Jasoosi Duniya (realm of detection) and Roomani Duniya (realm of romance.) Hussaini was not a writer himself but can be credited with bringing out such magazines which weaned Urdu readers from pornographic literature.

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Abdul Halim Sharar (1869 – 1926) was an essayist and historian of Lucknow. His book “Guzashta Lucknow” is a rich source of information on the genesis of the city and its culture. He wrote famous tales and history content. One of them is (Firdaus -e- Bareen) which is named after a section of paradise according to Islamic Doctrine. This Historical content tells us when a new sect was tried to invent and was named (Sect of Spirituality) and their leaders conspired to rule out Islam and they established highly secret society and they created artificial Paradise. They would make people stunned by their network of spies. They would sneak up a person’s personal life and would pretend to tell the hidden then that person would become their devotee and would do anything they would demand. History shows they captured a lot of people and made them to kill many renowned people and Scholars. According to history Halaku Khan son of Ganges Khan or Changez Khan in Urdu found these people and finished them all. Anar Kali was his fantasy, which he writes that he created this character to show or to image how it would look like in Akbar the Great’s time. He admits this to be fantasy on the very first page. The Text Book Board of Punjab Pakistan published book for 12th Class students and they give this to be on very first lines saying that Anarkali is just fantasy and it’s fake.

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Abdullah Kamal: Kamal was amongst the last generation of Urdu poets in India that not only had absolute command over Urdu diction but also made full use of the legacy of Urdu poetry from Wali to Meer and Ghalib to Nasir Kazmi. Abdullah Kamal was 62 when he died in 2009. He was living in Mumbra, Mumbai for a few years.

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Akhtar Shairani (also spelled ‘Sheerani’, ‘Sherani’, ‘Shirani’ (May 4, 1905 – September 9, 1948) is considered one of the most prolific romantic poets of Urdu. As to his skill, Akhtar was quite innovative and introduced new modes in Urdu poetry. At such a green age, he wrote mature and inspiring poetry. His collections of poetry include Akhtaristan, Subh-e bahaar, and Shahnaz. Youth dominates Akhtar’s poetry like that of Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Lyricism, subtlety and novelty infuse a new spirit onto his poetry. He exhales verse as a flower exhales fragrance. He had been editor for the literary magazines Intikhab, Bahaaristan, Khyaalistan, and Romaan from 1923 to 1939. He also wrote columns for dailies Hamdard and Zamindar of Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan respectively. In total, he left 9 collections of his verses. In prose, apart from his fictions and translations, his essays on literary, critical and historical subjects are in abundance. He died at the age of 43 and was buried in Lahore.

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Ali Abbas Hussaini: (1897-1969). He was born in Ghazipur (Bihar). Later, he shifted to Bombay, where his address was: 7-A, Court Road, 10 Christ Church Road. He was a short story writer who shot into fame with Pajmurda Kaliyan” published in 1917. He was a candid person and there remained in the hit list of officers throughout his service.

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Ali Jawad Zaidi (March 10, 1916 – December 6, 2004): Syed Ali Jawad Zaidi is a much feted Urdu poet, scholar and author of over 80 books in many languages He has received many awards for his contributions to literature and other diverse fields. He was born in village Karhan, in the then Azamgarh district (now Mau) of eastern Uttar Pradesh. He retired from active Government service as Jt. Director, News Services, AIR in August, 1978. He was awarded Padma Shri for contribution to Urdu Literature

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Ali Sardar Jafri: He was born on November 29, 1913 in an aristocratic family in Balrampur, UP, where he spent his formative years and died on August 1, 2000 at Bombay, where he had settled. In 1933, he joined Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and soon got exposed to Communist ideology; subsequently he was expelled from the University in 1936, for ‘political reasons’. Eventually he graduated from Zakir Husain College (Delhi College), Delhi University in 1938, though his post graduation studies at Lucknow University ended prematurely following his arrest during 1940-41 for writing anti-war poems, and taking part in Congress led political activities as Secretary of the university’s Students’ Union. Jafri published his first collection of short stories titled, Manzil (Destination) in 1938, which started his literary career, and his first collection of poems, Parvaz (Flight) came out in 1944. In 1936, he presided over the first conference of Progressive Writers’ Movement in Lucknow, a stature he maintained for the rest of his life. In 1939, he became co-editor of Naya Adab, a literary journal devoted to the Progressive Writers’ Movement, and the journal continued til 1949. Between 1948 to 1978, he published eight poetry collections, which include, Nai Duniya Ko Salaam (Salute to the New World), (1948), Khoon Ki Lakeer, Amn Ka Sitara, Asia Jaag Utha (Asia Awakes) (1951), Patthar Ki Deewar (The Stone Door) (1953), Ek Khwab Aur, Pairahan-i-Sharar (The Robe of Sparks) (1965); and Lahu Pukarta Hai (The Blood Calls) (1965), which were followed by Awadh ki khak-i-haseen, Subhe Farda, Mera Safar (My journey) and last anthology titled as Sarhad, which then Prime Minister of India carried with him on his bus journey to Lahore. He is only the third Urdu poet to receive the Jnanpith Award (1997) after Firaq Gorakhpuri (1969) and Qurratulain Hyder (1989). He has also been conferred with several other honours and awards including Padma Shri in 1967, Gold medal from the Pakistan Government for Iqbal studies (1978); Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Award for poetry, Makhdoom Award, Faiz Ahmad Faiz Award, Iqbal Samman of the Madhya Pradesh government and the Sant Dyaneshwar Award of the Maharashtra government. The Aligarh Muslim University had conferred a D.Litt. on him in 1986, fifty years after he was expelled from the University. His writings have been translated into many Indian and foreign languages.

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Prof Ale Ahmad Suroor: The noted Urdu scholar was born on September 9, 1912 at Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh and educated in Ghazipur, Agra and Aligarh Muslim University. Died on 9 February, 2002 and laid to rest in Aligarh. Suroor was a professor emeritus at Aligarh Muslim University. He was also dean of the Faculty of Arts at AMU and director of Iqbal Institute, Srinagar besides being a visiting professor at the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the Chicago University. He had travelled to several foreign countries including USA and Britain. He has written several books on Iqbal studies and has been honoured with Padma Bhushan (1992), Sahitya Academy Award (1974), Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy award (1978), the Pakistan President’s Gold Medal for services in Iqbal studies (1978), Ghalib Award (1981), Ghalib Modi award, Bahadur Shah Zafar award by Delhi Urdu Academy and Iqbal Samman by Madhya Pradesh government.

His first collection of poems under title of Salsabeel was published in 1933. His books include: Nae aur Purane Charagh, Tanqeed Kya Hai, Adab aur Nazriye, Masarrat se Basirat Tak, Irfan-e-Iqbal, Iqbal-Nazriya aur Shairi, Jadeed Dunya Main Islam and Urdu Main Danishwari ki Rawayat. His biography Khwab Baqi Hain was published in 1991. (Muslim Saleem had the honour of meeting Prof Ale Ahmad Suroor several times during his education at Aligarh and seeking his blessings)

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Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal (November 9, 1877 Sialkot – April 21, 1938 Lahore) is the greatest Urdu poet and his Persian kalam is also of very high quality. He is commonly referred to as Allama Iqbal. His ancestors were Sapru Kashmiri Brahmins. Iqbal’s poetry is interspersed with religious fervour. With his forceful verses, coupled with vast knowledge of history, Iqbal tried his best to revive religious ethos among Muslims urging them to resort the past glory. He was highly qualified and had studied in England and Germany. Iqbal also delivered a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect, which were published as The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. In his professional life, Iqbal established a law practice, but concentrated primarily on writing scholarly works on politics, economics, history, philosophy and religion. He is best known for his poetic works, including Asrar-e-Khudi—which brought a knighthood— Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, Baal-e-Jibreel and the Bang-e-Dara, with its enduring patriotic song Tarana-e-Hind. He commands great respect both in Pakistan and India. In Afghanistan and Iran, where he is known as Iqbāl-e Lāhor, he is highly regarded for his Persian works. Iqbal’s poem Shikwa had generated a lot of heat among Muslims against him but he later wrote ‘Jawab-e-Shikwa’ and won back his popularity.

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A.R. Khatoon: She was a fiction writer.

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Bahadur Shah Zafar: The Moghul king was a poet and patron of poets like Zauq and Ghalib. The poetry penned by him during his reign did not evoke much interest. However, two ghazals he wrote during his incarceration in Rangoon got tremendously famous and put him on a very high pedestal of Urdu poetry. Zafar, who was deported to Rangoon (Burma) after the revolt of 1857, passed away and was buried there.. His tomb still stands in Rangoon. Best couplets:

Lagtaa naheen hai dil mera ujde dayaar mein

kis ki bani hai aalam-e-naa paayedaar mein

Kah do in hasaraton se kaheen aur jaa basen

itni jagah kahaan hai dil-e-daaghdaar mein

Umr-e-daraaz maang ke laaye the chaar din

do arazuu mein kat gaye do intazaar mein

Kitnaa hai bad_naseeb “Zafar” dafn ke liye

do gaz zameen bhi na mili koo-e-yaar mein

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Title of book 'fikr taunsvi - ek Mutala'a' by Dr Mehtab Amrohvi.

Fikr Taunsvi (Ram Laal Bhatia). He was a satirist and wrote 20 books in Urdu and 8 in Hindi. He was born in October 17, 1918 in a village of Taunsa Sharif. He studied up to higher secondary school at Taunsa Sharif but could not pursue higher education due to adverse conditions. At the age of 18, Fikr started working as calligrapher with weekly newspaper ‘Kisan’ in Shekhupura. After a year, he started working with an British businessman as a dyer. Soon, he left this job also and started painting walls and signboards. For sometime, he worked as a teacher with Arya High School, Dera Ghazi Khan and later quit the job and started an agency for hair oil called Tel Special Chambeli and suffered losses. After this, he came to Lahore and worked as a clerk with Punjab Book Depot. Fikr joined as a clerk in 1942 with monthly Adab-e-Latif when Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi was its editor and joined its editorial. Fikr also brought out ‘Savera’ jointly with Mumtaz Mufti. He migrated to Jullandhar and then Delhi after partition of the sub-continent and continued to writer a regular column ‘Pyaz ke Chilke’ with daily Milap. He died on September 12, 1986.

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Firaq Gorakhpuri: ‘Is daur mein zindagi bashar ki…..beemar ki raat hao gayee hai’. The full name of author of this couple was Raghupati Sahay. Raghupati Sahay, was born in 1896 at Gorakhpur in a Kayastha family. He was co-opted into the Provincial Civil Service (PCS), but resigned and joined Allahabad University as a lecturer in English. His magnum opus Gul-e-Naghma which fetched him the Jnanpith Award and also the 1960 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, and was later awarded the highest award of the ‘Akademi’, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship’ in 1970. Of a very sharp intellect, he was also known for his vituperative wit. His other poetry collections include, Rooh-o-Qaayanat, Gul-e-Ra’naa, Nagma-numaa.

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Fiza Ibn Faizi: He passed away in January 2009 at the age of 86. Faizi was a native of Maunath Bhanjan (Mau) district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). He was considered a ‘qadir-ul-kalaam’ poet and had received numerous awards from across the Urdu world. At least, six poetry collections of Faizi had been published and acclaimed.

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Hayatullah Ansari: He was a short story writer of the generation of Ali Abbas Husaini, Sudarshan, etc., who followed Premchand. Late in his life he also published a six-part novel, Lahu Ke Phool, about the freedom struggle. He was better known for editing the nationalist Urdu newspaper, Qaumμ Awaz, which was started in the 1940s by the Congress under Nehru’s direction, and for leading the fight for Urdu’s rights in India. He and his wife Sultana Hayat were in the forefront of all the campaigns. He died on January 26, 1999 at the age of 88. Prior to his death he had received a major award from Haryana Urdu Academy

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Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi: He was a highly educated Urdu poet who was a representative at the UN. He died at Dallas, Texax, USA in 2009 (See details with picture in “urdu poets and writers of world” on khojkhabarnews.com)

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Allama Jamil Mazhari: His is a name that is taken with utmost respect in Urdu circles. The complete works of this legendary poet have recently been published by the title of Kulliyat-e-Jamil Mazhari. Allama Jamil Mazhari never cared about name or fame. And this is one reason, he was often neglected by critics. Best couplet:

1. hameen thhey apne liye aap ek hijaab Jamil

ham uthh gaye to zamaane ne hamko pahchaana

2. baqadar-e-paimaana-e-takhayyul suruur har dil mein hai khudee ka

agar na ho ye fareb-e-paiham to dam nikal jaaye aadmii ka

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Ibne Safi: (Editor’s note: A majority of critics consider suspense fiction as an outcast and don’t consider writers of this genre among litterateurs. But Ibne Safi’s case is different and that is why space is being devoted to him in this directory. It is indeed a tribute to the writers who taught chaste Urdu to lakhs of people through his absorbing novels. The characters of his novels – Faridi, Hameed, Imram and even Qasim – spoke in chaste Urdu and thus planted these words in the minds of readers sub-consciously. All the characters also observed chastity in their lives and these novels were free of any kind of vulgarity. Hats off to Ibne Safi.)

Ibne Safi was born on July 26, 1928, in the village of Nara in Allahabad district. His parents, Safiullah and Nuzaira Bibi, named him Asrar Ahmed at birth. It was much later that he came to be known as Ibne Safi. Ibne Safi’s forefathers came from the village of Nara. Originally they were Hindus of Kaistth clan. Several generations back, their clan leader Raja Vasheshar Dayal Singh had embraced Islam and came to be known as Baba Abdun Nabi. He completed Matriculation from D.A.V. School in Allahabad. Ibne Safi started writing at a young age. When he was in seventh grade, his first story appeared in the weekly Shahid. Ibne Safi also started writing poetry in eighth grade. Ibne Safi completed Intermediate (High School Certificate) from Eving Christian College in Allahabad. Ibne Safi obtained Bachelor of Arts degree from Agra University.

In the beginning Asrar Ahmed wrote poetry and satire under the pen names of Asrar Narvi, Sanki Soldier and Tughral Farghan etc. But as the time passed the pseudonym Ibne Safi took over all the other pen names and Ibne Safi spent most of his time writing detective stories. He started writing with the pen name of Ibne Safi. Containing his original characters, Inspector Faridi and Sergeant Hameed, the first novel Dilaer Mujrim (The Brave Criminal) was published in March 1952. After finishing his education, Ibne Safi migrated to Pakistan with his mother and sister in August 1952. In 1955, Ibne Safi created a new character, Imran, and started publishing the Imran Series. The first novel of this series Khaufnaak Imarat (The Frightening Building) was published in August 1955 by A & H Publications, 130 Hasan Ali Afandi Road, Karachi Pakistan whereas the Indian edition was published in November 1955 by Monthly Nikhat, Allahabad. In October 1957 Ibne Safi founded Asrar Publications, Karachi (at Lalukhet) and published first Jasoosi Duniya novel THanDee Aag (The cold Fire) from Pakistan. The same novel was published simultaneously in India by Jasoosi Duniya, Allahabad.

Ibne Safi suffered from schizophrenia during 1960 and 1963, not writing a single word in those three years. With the prayers of his family, friends, and fans, Ibne Safi finally recovered from the illness in 1963 under the treatment of Hakim Iqbal Hussain of Karachi. The author made a great comeback on November 25, 1963 with the bestseller Imran Series novel Dairh Matwaalay, which inaugurated in India by the Ex Interior Minister (later Prime Minister of India) Lal Bahadur Shastri. The demand for this novel was so high that within a week a second edition was published in India. This edition was inaugurated by the then Provincial Law Minister Ali Zaheer. During the mid-seventies, Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan informally utilized his services for lecturing new recruits on the methods of detection.

In September 1979, Ibne Safi was diagnosed with cancer and died on July 26, 1980 (Ramadhan 12, 1400 AH), at around Faj’r time, Ibne Safi passed away (Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Raje’oon). His incomplete Imran Series novel Aakhri Aadmi was by his bedside. (See complete details on the website http://www.compast.com/ibnesafi/biography.htm)

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Imtiaz Ali Taj: See “Drama world of India”

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Ismat Chughtai: (August 1911 – 24 October 1991): She was known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology. Ismat Chughtai died in Bombay on October 24, 1991 and was cremated in Chandanwadi crematorium according to her wish. She was considered the grand dame of Urdu fiction, as one of the four pillars of modern Urdu short story, the other three being Saadat Hasan Manto, Krishan Chander, and Rajinder Singh Bedi. Her outspoken and controversial style of writing made her the passionate voice for the unheard, and she has become an inspiration for the younger generation of writers, readers and intellectuals. Ismat Chughtai was born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh and grew up largely in Jodhpur where her father was a civil servant.

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Her brother, Mirza Azim Beg Chughtai, already an established writer, when Ismat was still in her teens, was her first teacher and mentor. Ismat Chughtai is considered a path breaker for women writers in the subcontinent. During her heyday, a lot of her writings were banned in South Asia due to their reformist and feminist content. (The very first afasan penned by Muslim Saleem was adjudged 2nd in the competition held in AMU. Prizes for the same distributed by Ismad Chughtai but I could not attend the function due to illness. Kindly click to enlarge the picture )

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Awaz Sayeed) (1933-1995): He was a renowned Urdu short-story writer, dramatist, poet and humorist from Hyderabad. He has to his credit six books on modern short stories: Sai Ka Safar (1969), Teesra Mujasamma (1973), Raat Wala Ajnabi (1977), Kohe-Nida (1977), Benaam Mausamon Ka Nauha (1987) and Kuwaan Aadmi Aur Samandar (1993). Iwaz Sayeed was an Arab by descent. His father’s name was Sayeed Bin Awaz Bin Jaber Bin Abdullah. He joined the Food Corporation of India in 1954 and got married to Kaneez Fatima in 1960. Awaz Sayeed has two children: Dr Ausaf Sayeed (b.1963), who is a senior Indian Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Dr Seema Nishat (b.1967), who is a leading Internist in Brookesville, USA. (Details on awazsayeed.com)

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Imtiaz Ali Taj: See “Drama world of India”

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Cover page of Jameel Mazhari's book.

(Allama) Jameel Mazhari: (1904 – 1980). Jameel Mazhari was a versatile poet but is remembered more as one of the founders of modern Marsiya. He was born in Patna and died a bachelor. Absorbed in the themes of Allah, Man and the Universe – dejected as a lover, fiery as a revolutionary, ecstatic as a devotee and indomitable as a worshipper. ‘Mathnavi Ab-o-Sarab’ (The Masnavi of water and mirage), a long poem (1963), is Jameel’s philosophy where he evocatively observes that Man is afflicted by an unquenchable thirst for he has neglected Allah’s purpose in making him His nominee on earth and ritual prayer distanced man from the will required to conquer the universe. His publications include – ‘Shikast-o-Fatah’ (1950), ‘Naqsh-i-Jameel’ (1953), ‘Fikr-i-Jameel’ (1958), ‘Irfan-i-Jameel’ (1969), ‘Wijdan-i-Jameel’ (1978), ‘Asar-i-Jameel’ (1988) and ‘Masoorat-i-Jameel Mazhari’, two volumes (1992). Jameel Mazhari was honoured with Ghalib Modi award for poetry in 1974. His career stints include editor Daily Hind, Calcutta (1931), columnist Asre-I-Jadid (1933-37), Publicity Officer, Congress government (1937-42), Bollywood (1945-46), deputy director, publicity, Bihar (1947), professor, Patna College (1950-55), and professor, Patna University (1955-60).

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Jigar Moradabadi (1890–1960): His real name was Ali Sikandar. Jigar Moradabadi was born in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, India. After some time he moved to Gonda, also in UP and became a disciple of famous poet Azghar Gondvi and since then he spent his whole life in Gonda until he died. Mazar-e-Jigar moradabadi is in Topkhana, Gonda. He belonged to the classical school of ghazal writing and was a mentor of Majrooh Sultanpuri. Jigar remained a boozer most of his life and was famous for his forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. But when he met Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanavi, he became very practical Muslim and left drinking. Jigar won the 1958 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection Atish-i-Gul. One of his most memorable couplets is:

Ye ishq nahi aasan bas itna samaj lijay

ek aag ka darya hai or doob k jaana hay

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Josh Malihabadi: See Urdu poets and writers of world.

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Kavish Badri: Died in Ambur, in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu in 2010 at the age if 84. One of the masters of Urdu poetry, Kavish Badri was among the most prominent Urdu writers in South India. Best couplets:

1. Ek sajda khush-guloo ke aage sahwan ho gaya

Is pe koi mu’tariz hoga to qasdan go gaya

2. Anan-o-fanan kisi ne dast-geeri ki mire

Kaam mushkil thaa magar alan-wa-sahlan ho gaya

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Kaifi Azmi: 1919 – May 10, 2002) was an Urdu and Hindi lyricist, poet and songwriter. Kaifi’s first collection of poems, Jhankar was published in 1943. His important works including anthologies of poetry were Aakhir-e-Shab, Sarmaya, Awaara Sajde, Kaifiyaat, Nai Gulistan, an anthology of articles he wrote for Urdu Blitz, Meri Awaaz Suno, a selection of his film lyrics, and the script of Heer Ranjha in Devanagari. His best known poems are Aurat, Makaan, Daaera, Saanp, and Bahuroopni. “

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Khaleel-Ur-Rehman Azmi also Khalil al-Rehman Azmi (1927-1978) was an eminent Urdu poet and literary critic. Born in village Seda Sultanpur, of district Azamgarh. His father Maulana Muhammad Shafi was deeply religious man. Khaleel-Ur-Rehman ‘Azmi’ matriculated from Shibli National High School, at Azamgarh in 1945. He graduated in 1948 and did his M.A. in Urdu from Aligarh Muslim University. It was during this time that he was involved in giving tuitions to Ralph Russell, who was also in Aligarh at that time and later to develop long association with Khurshid-ul-Islam. He was awarded Ph. D. in Urdu in 1957 by Aligarh Muslim University titled Urdu Mein Tarraqipasand Adabi Tahrik. He joined as lecturer in 1952 in the department of Urdu at Aligarh Muslim University. In 1956 he became Reader and continued on that position till his death in 1978. He died of leukemia after his long struggle with the disease. He was posthumously declared professor, which was long overdue. He was outstanding writer of prose as well as poetry. He was one of the pioneer’s of Modernism in Urdu, and was also aligned with Progressive Writers Movement. He received Ghalib Award for Urdu Poetry in 1978His works include Kaghzi Pairahan (1953)-collection of poetry, nazms and ghazals 2. Naya Ahad Nama (1965)-collection of poetry, nazms and ghazals 3. Nai Nazm Ka Safar (Collection of Urdu poetry after 1936-1972-(edited by Khaleel-ur-Rehman Azmi), 4. Fikr-o-Fan (1956), 5. Zawiay-e-Nigah (1966) 6. Mazameen-e-Nau (1977) – Literary criticism 7. Muqaddama-e- Kalam-e-Aatish. 8. Taraqqi Pasand Tahreek (1965), 9. Urdu Mein Taraqqi Pasand Adabi Tahreek (1972)

(The full-throated ‘daad’ Mr Azmi gave on my ghazal, the very first, during a sitting in the arts faculty of AMU in 1974 still rings in my ears and is like a gold medal for me: Muslim Saleem)

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Khwaja Mir Dard (1721-1785): He is one of the three major poets of the Delhi School—the other two being Mir Taqi Mir and ‘Sauda’—who could be called the pillars of the classical Urdu ghazal. Dard was a Sufi (mystic) of Naqshbandi Mujaddidi order, and the head of the Muhammadi path (tariqah muhammadiyah, a Mujaddidi offshoot) in Delhi. He regarded the phenomenal world as a veil of the eternal Reality, and this life as a term of exile from our real home. Dard inherited his mystical temperament from his father, Khwaja Muhammad Nasir Andalib, who was a mystic saint and a poet, and the founder of the Muhammadi path. The secret of Dard’s appeal as a poet lies not in his mysticism, but in his ability to transmute this mysticism into poetry, and to present transcendental love in terms of human and earthly love. His poetry includes a collection of Urdu ghazals and a divan in Persian. Dard’s Persian prose works are extensive, consisting of the Ilm ul Kitab, a 600+ page metaphysical work on the philosophy of the Muhammadi path, and the Chahar Risalat, collections of more than a thousand mystical aphorisms and sayings. Here is my favourite ghazal of Dard. (Urdu matter courtesy funclub92.co) (There is a mistaake in the first line. Kindly read as “ranj-o-gham de ke mujha…”- Muslim Saleem-September 25, 2010)

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Maharaja Kishen Pershad ‘Shad’: Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad Bahadur served as Prime Minister of Hyderabad State under Nizams VI & VII on two occasions: first 1902-1912, then 1926 – 1937. He traced his roots back to Raja Todar Mal, emperor Akbar’s finance minister. Sir Kishen Pershad had a passion for arts and letters and wrote poetry. He was also a member of the Hyderabad Freemasons. He showed his secular leanings by marrying three Hindu and four Muslim wives. The children from the various wives adopted the religions of their respective mothers.

The collection of his poetry ‘Guldasta-e-Shad’ has been published by Andhra Pradesh Urdu Academy, Hyderabad.

Once the Maharaja wrote.

But parasti men kati umr to parwa kya hai

shaad ab chal ke madine men musalman honge

Nawab Fasahat Jung, who was his adversary replied

But paraston ko madine men na aane denge

Shad ab chal ke jahanum men pasheman honge

Recently, I went through a ghazal by him in Nadeem, Bhopal. I think there is a printing error in one the couplets. Rest of the ghazal is ok. Though it is not a great peace of poetry but is valuable since it is the contribution of a non-Muslim poet. I am posting a copy of his ghazal here which can be enlarged by clicking on it (Muslim Saleem-August 21, 2010)

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Kausar Chandpuri: His real name was Ali Kausar. He was son of Hakeem Ali Muzaffar. He was born at Chandpur in Bijnor district of UP on August 8, 1900 and died in New Delhi on June 13, 1990. Passed Tabib Kamil from Princess Asfia Tibbia College, Bhopal and retired as Afsaru-ul-Atibba from Unani Shifakhana, Bhopal. Kausar Chandpuri later jointed Hamdard Nursing Home, New Delhi. He has 81 books to his credit including 17 novels, 14 collections of short stories, four books on literary criticism, six books on satire 25 books of children’s literature. Kausar Chandpuri wrote most of these books and short stories during his prolonged stay at Bhopal. (See also “Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh”)

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Prof. Khurshidul Islam: (Born 21st July 1919, died June 2006) He belonged a prominent family of Seohara in District Bijnore but his great-great-grandfather relocated to Umri in District Moradabad. The family produced luminaries like Dr. Abdur Rahman Bijnori, Maulana Hifzur Rahman, Hafiz Ibrahim, Prof. Riazul Islam, Prof. Maulana Saeed Akbarabadi and Nihal Seoharavi. Prof. Islam completed all his higher education at Aligarh Muslim University and also worked there in the Urdu department on various posts save for some years. Immediately after retirement, he went to Oxford to complete the work on the dictionaries but returned to the Aligarh Muslim University for further two years on re-employment from which he resigned in 1981. He became a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS). He constructed a house in Aligarh in 1981 but frequently travelled to England and remained academically active till 1992. After prolonged illness, he passed away at his residence at the age of 86 on 17th June 2006. He remained an uncompromising and a committed Marxist till his last days. Prof. Khurshidul Islam is buried at the Aligarh Muslim University Graveyard, the Minto E. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, four sons, nine granddaughters and four grandsons. (See details at http://khurshidulislam.org)

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Khwaja Ahmad Abbas: (7 June 1914 – 1 June 1987), popularly known as K. A. Abbas, he was an Indian film director, novelist, screenwriter, and a journalist in the Urdu, Hindi and English languages. His column ‘Last Page’ holds the distinction of being the longest-running column in the history of Indian journalism. The column began in 1935, at Bombay Chronicle, and when it closed, it moved to the Blitz, where it continued till his death in 1987. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969, by Government of India

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Krishan Chander: (November 23, 1914 – March 8, 1977). He was born in Lahore and died in Mumbai. He was a prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, 30 collections of short stories and scores of radio plays in Urdu and later, after partition of the country, took to writing mainly in Hindi. He also wrote screen-plays for Bollywood movies to supplement his meagre income as an author of satirical stories. Krishan Chander’s novels (including the classic: Ek Gadhe Ki Sarguzasht, (The tale of a donkey) has been translated into over 16 Indian languages and some foreign languages, including English.

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Muslim Saleem (Left standing) with Majrooh (right sitting)

Majrooh Sultanpuri: (1919 – 24 May 2000) He was an excellent poet. Had he not joined film industry, his literary streak might have continued in full swing. Even then, we can remember him a good romantic poet who continued this type of poetry even when the Urdu literary world was dominated by progressive (Communist, sloganeer and atheist) litterateurs. He before going whole hogg as a poet he was a practicing Hakim. Later, he become so famous and popular as a poet that he abandoned his profession as a Hakim. (Muslim Saleem – extreme left in the picture – interviewed Majooh in 1982 when he visited Bhopal. The interview had generated heat and was followed by many articles against Majrooh (See Muslim Saleem on Majrooh in the poetry section of this web site. Also see his pictures with Muslim Saleem in the photo gallery)

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Maulana Hasrat Mohani: (1875–1951) was a romantic poet of Urdu language, journalist, politician, parliamentarian and a fearless freedom fighter of Indo-Pak Sub-continent . His real name was Syed Fazl ul Hasan. He was born in 1875 at Mohan in Unnao district of U.P. India. He was an Aligarian. Hasrat’s poetic genius has been acclaimed by many writers and critics. Maulana died on May 13, 1951 in Lucknow, India. His most famous ghazal is : chupke-chupke raat din aansu bahana yaad hai.

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Manzoor Hashmi: He was born in Badaun in 1933 and after his matriculation from Haldwani, studied at Aligarh He passed away in Aligarh in February, 2008. He did his graduation and PG from Aligarh Muslim University. Manzoor Hashmi retired as Deputy Librarian from Maulana Azad Library. He was published in reputed magazines including Ajkal and Shabkhoon. (Muslim Saleem had the honour of meeting him frequently between 1970 and 1975 and exchange views with him) . Best couplets:

Yahi to phailti hai bastiyon men

Abhee jo aag dil men jal rahee hai

Yaqeen ho to koi raastaa nikaltaa hai

Havaa ki ot men hokar chiraagh jaltaa hai

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Mir Amman Dehlvi: (also known as Mir Amman of Delhi, Mir Amman of Dilhi, Mir Amman Dihlavi, and Meer Ummun and Meer Amman. He was a great prose writer of 17th/18th centuries and was employed by Fort William College at Calcutta. His prose “Bagh-o-Bahar” is one of the greatest creations of all time in the history of Urdu literature. He served many “Nawabs” of his times. He also worked in “Fort William College” and served Urdu literature for a long time. Early life is not known by anyone but he spent most of his life in Culcutta (Now Kolkata) and also died there. Bagh-o-Bahar is the translation Amir Khusro’s classic epic “Qissa Chahar Dervish” (The Tale of the Four Dervishes) from Persian into Urdu. His translation is considered classic literature itself for its use of contemporary Urdu, and was performed on the request of Mr. John Borthwick Gilchrist, a famous English scholar of literature of those days. It in turn was widely translated into English during the 19th century. Not much is known about Mir Amman except that he belonged to a family of feudal lords favoured and patronised by the Mughal emperors. But later, his family was wrought and native place pillaged during successive attacks of Suraj Mal Jat and Nadir Shah Durrani. After that he shifted to Azimadbad (Patna) and then to Calcutta, where he was employed by Fort William College established by the Britishers for both acquainting themselves with Urdu for better governance and promote elements of English and European literature in Urdu literature. (Muslim Saleem adds: Though Mir Amman is credited with translation of the book from Persian, Maulvi Abdul Haq (Baba-e-Urdu) has proved that it was not. Instead, Bagh-o-Bahar was rewritten by Amman from another Urdu translation done by Mir Muhammad Husain ‘Ata Khan, with the pen-name “Tahsin,” was a resident of Etawah. Maulvi Abdul Haq has also written that the Persian qissa might not have been written by Amir Khusro (RA), (See article at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00urdu/baghobahar/intro_abdulhaq.html)

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Mir Babbar Ali Anis: The most famous marsiya-nigaar was born in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh in 1803 and died in 1874. Anis was the grandson of Mir Hasan who is remembered for his immortal Masnavi, Sehr-ul-Bayaan. His parents had migrated in their old age to Lucknow, where he spent the best part of his life. Anis had started writing poetry quite early in his life right at Faizabad, though he perfected his art in Lucknow under the supervision of Imam Bakhsh Nasikh. In keeping with the popular trend, he first tried his hand at the ghazal, but failing to make much headway, he changed over to the writing of marsiyas, in which domain he soon established a high reputation, equaled (sometimes) by his poetic compare, Salamat Ali Dabir. Anees broadened the scope of this genre by including in its body, in addition to the customary lamentation and mourning, realistic scenes of the battlefield, graphic delineations of the hero’s face and figure, lively portrayals of the emotional states of the combatants, accurate descriptions of the landscape, and occasional interludes of moral edification. Anis was a master of simple, natural utterance, with a superb command on the language, which was always adequate to express a large variety of moods, scenes, characters and situations. He is specially notable for presenting the same scene or situation, over and over again, in different words or phrases, without letting it appear monotonous. Besides being a master of the marsia, Anis was also a specialist of the rubai, the shortest complete poem in Urdu, containing only four lines.

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Mirza Ali Lutf (about 1754- 1822): He was one of the scholars employed by the Britishers at Fort William College to write and compile books in Urdu. His boom Gulshan-e-Hind was a translation of Gulzar-i-Hind (Persian) was written by Ali Ibrahim Khan and had names of the famous and not-so-famous Persian/Urdu poets. The book had become extinct but a flood washed it ashore and it was restored to its original shape. Gulshan-i-Hind is now available to buy through the internet.

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Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa: (1857 – October 21, 1931) He was a renowned Urdu poet and writer of fiction, plays, and treatises (mainly on religion, philosophy, and astronomy). Born in Lucknow, Mirza moved to Hyderabad and remained on the Nizam of Awadh’s advisory board on language matters for years. He was well-versed in Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, English, Latin, and Greek. His famed Urdu novel, Umrao Jan Ada, published in 1905, is considered by many as the first Urdu novel. It is based on the life of a renowned Lucknow courtesan and poetess of the same name and later became the basis for Umrao Jan Ada (1972), a Pakistani film, and two Indian films, Umrao Jaan (1981) and Umrao Jaan (2006). The novel was also the basis of a Pakistani television serial, Umrao Jan Ada, which aired in 2003. Ruswa wrote a large number of treatises on religious and philosophical subjects. He had a deep and abiding interest in religion and Greek metaphysics. He was the head of the literary department at the All India Shia Conference and wrote twenty volumes on the Shia religion.

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Mirza Salamat Ali Dabeer (1803-1875) Was one of the two Marsia-go (elegy poet) along with Mir Anees. Mirza Dabeer was born in 1803 in Delhi. He started reciting marsiya since childhood during muharram ceremonial gatherings called majalis (singular-majlis). He started writing poetry under the tutelage of Mir Muzaffar Husain Zameer. Dabeer himself was an erudite scholar of his time. He migrated from Delhi to Lucknow, where he found suitable environment to develop and demonstrate his skills in marsiya writing. According to Maulana Muhammad Husain Azad in Aab-e-Hayat quoting Tazkira-e-Sarapa Sukhan, there is confusion regarding his father’s name because of two different names mentioned in Tazkira-as-Ghulam Husain /Mirza Agha Jan Kaghazfarosh. Mirza Dabeer died in Lucknow in 1875 and is buried there. He used heavier words and diction against simple and flowing diction of Mir Anees.

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Moin Ahsan Jazbi: He was born at Mubarakpur in Azamgarh district on August 21, 1912. He did his MA from AMU in 1940 and Ph.D.in 1956 and was appointed as Lecturer in the department of Urdu in 1945. A book on Moin Ahsan Jazbi has been compiled by Shahid Mahuli. He was a protégé of Fani Badayuni. His famous book is Kulliayat-e-Jazbi. It can be had from flipkart.com at Rs 150. It is publication of Sahitya Akademi. His nazam ‘Majaz’ focusing on Israrul Haq Majaz is also worth reading. ( On left is a rare picture of Jazbi contributed to Muslim Saleem by Mr Kausar Siddiqui of Bhopal. I had mistakenly posted it with a wrong entry but corrected the error when pointed out by Mr Shamsur Rahman Faruqi thruogh email). Best couplets:

1. marane kii duaayen kyun maangen jeene ki tamannaa kaun kare

ye duniyaa ho yaa vo duniyaa ab Khwaahish-e-duniyaa kaun kare

2. jab kashti saabit-o-saalim thi, saahil ki tamannaa kisako thi

ab aisii shikastaa kashti mein saahil ki tamannaa kaun kare

3. ham dahar ke is veeraane mein jo kuchh bhi nazaaraa karate hain

ashkon ki zabaan mein kahate hain aahon se ishaaraa karate hain

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Professor Muhammad Hasan: He will be remembered as a leading Urdu critic. Prof Hasan [1926-2010] who was associated with the Progressive Writers’ Movement was also a poet, a playright and a multi-faceted personality. He had penned a biographical novel ‘Gham-e-Dil, Vahshat-e-Dil’ on the ‘Keats of Urdu poetry’ Majaz Lakhnavi. The novel is considered a gem. Dr Hasan wrote several plays including the famous drama on Ghalib. His play, Zohak, centred on the sensitive subject of emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the seventies. He wrote 75 books, which include his collection of poetry Zanjir-e-Naghma apart from some unpublished works. His book on Iqbal, which was published in English, is regarded highly by scholars.

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Munshi Premchand: (July 31, 1880– October 8, 1936). He is generally recognised in India as the foremost Hindi-Urdu writer of the early twentieth century. Premchand was born on July 31, 1880 in the village Lamhi near Varanasi to Munshi Ajaib Lal, a postal clerk, and his wife Anandi. His parents named him Dhanpat Rai (“master of wealth”) chose to write under the pen name Premchand. In 1919, he passed his B.A with English, Persian and History. After a series of promotions he became Deputy Inspectors of Schools. During freedom struggle, he quit his job. After that he devoted his full attention to writing. Premchand’s literary career started as a freelancer in Urdu. His first story appeared in the magazine Zamana published from Kanpur. The main characteristic of Premchand’s writings is his interesting story telling and use of simple language. His novels describe the problems of the rural peasant classes. Three of his novels have been made into films that include Ghaban, Kafan and Godan.

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Muztar Khairabadi

Naseem Hijazi: See urdu poets and writers of world

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Niaz Fatehpuri (See ‘Urdu poets and writers of world”

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Noor Jahan Sarwat: Was a journalist and poetess. Died at Delhi at the age of 60 on April 17, 2010. Was a resident of Delhi and worked there as teacher in various higher educational institutions. Worked as broadcaster in All India Radio. Edited weekly editorial column of Urdu daily Qaumi Awaz. Her collection of poens “Bey Naam Shajar” was unveiled in 1995. Was awarded by Delhi Urdu Academy for her services to Urdu.

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Pandit Brij Narayan Chakbast: (January 19, 1882–1926) He was a Kashmiri Brahmin. Chakbast was born in Faizabad (near UP) A lawyer by profession, he was a gifted poet and writer. On 12 February 1926, he collapsed at the railway station in Rae Bareli and died few hours later at the age of 44. Basically, he was a poet of Nazm. But one of his she’rs world famous;

Zindagi kya hai anasir mein zahur-e-tarteeb,

Maut kya hai ini ajza ka pareshan hona

His books include Subh-e Watan ( Collected works of Chakbast as its title and many of its poems reflect about his intense patriotism, predominantly a central theme of his poetry), Khak-e-Hind, Masnavi Gulzar-e-Naseem, musaddas Ramayan Ka Ek Scene, Nala-e-Dard, Nala-e-Yaas and a play named Kamla

Kulliyate-Chakbast and Maqalaat-e-Chakbast is the complete collection of Chakbast’s works in poetry and prose that was published posthumously on the birth centenary of the poet, compiled by Kalidas Gupta ‘Raza’ around 1983.

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Prakash Fikri: He passed away in 2008 at the age of 77. Zahirul Haq alias Prakash Fikri was born in Ambala in 1931. His poetry collections Safar Sitara & Ek Zara Si Barish were critically acclaimed. He lived in Ranchi (Jharkhand).

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Prof Qamar Rais: This renowned writer was born on Born on July 12, 1932 at his ancestral town Shahjahanpur and was laid to rest there after he died at in Delhi at the age of 77 on April 30, 2009. At the time of his death, he was vice chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy. Though born and laid to rest in Shahjahanpur, Prof Qamar Rais lived mostly in Delhi, where was a professor of Urdu. In Delhi, he first lived at Model Town then moved to his own house at Vivek Vihar. After completing his PhD in Urdu under the guidance of Prof Rasheed Ahmad Siddiqui at AMU, Aligarh he joined Delhi university. He bacame an integral part of Delhi’s intellectual and cultural life. After retirement from university he remained actively associated with many organisations and institutions like Delhi Urdu Academy, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu Hind, Ghalib Institute ,Urdu Council etc . He edited monthly magazine “Asri Adab”. Earlier, he haddited Aligarh Magazine. He was also ediror of Jamia Urdu’s jourmnal Adeeb Prof Qamar Rais had a deep understanding of Munshi Premchand’s literature.

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Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider: She was born January 20, 1928 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and died on August 21, 2007, NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. She is one of the most outstanding literary names in Urdu literature. Popularly known as “Ainee Apa”, she was the daughter of the famous writer Sajjad Haidar Yildarim, (1880-1943). Her mother Nazar Zahra (who wrote at first as Bint-i-Nazrul Baqar and later as Nazar Sajjad Hyder) (1894-1967) was also a writer and protegee of Muhammadi Begam and her husband Syed Mumtaz Ali, who published her first novel. Aag Ka Duriya (River of Fire), her magnum opus, is a landmark novel that explores the vast sweep of time and history. Some of her other books are Patjhar ki Awaz (The Voice of Autumn), 1965; Raushni ki Raftar (The Speed of Light), 1982; the short novel Chaye ke Bagh (Tea Plantations), 1965 (one of four novellas including Dilruba, Sita Haran, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Na Kijo, exploring gender injustice) ; and the family chronicle Kar e Jahan Daraz Hai (The Work of the World Goes On). She migrated along with her family members to Pakistan in 1947 at the time of independence, but some years later decided to go back to India, where she had since lived. Her other works include Mere Bhi Sanam Khane (1949), Safina-e-Gham-e-Dil (1952). Awards and honours: Jnanpith Award in 1989 for her novel Aakhir-e-Shab ke Hamsafar, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967, Soviet Land Nehru Award 1969, Ghalib Award, 1985. She was conferred Padma Shri in 2005 she was conferred the Padma Bhushan for her contribution to Urdu Literature and Education. The Urdu Academy in Delhi conferred upon her the Bahadur Shah Zafar Award in 2000 (More details on wikipedia.org)

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Rafat Sarosh: He was born on April 8, 1924, in Nagina town in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh. He had spent long years of his professional life with the All India Radio (AIR). He passed away on November 30, 2008. Sarosh’s auto-biographical work is considered an important literary masterpiece and gives us a peep into the life of writers of his generation. and with him anothe pillar of Urdu poetry has fallen.

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Rafia Manzoorul Ameen: Eminent writer Rafia Manzoorul Ameen was born in 1930 and passed away in Hyderabad Deccan died on June 30, 2008.. Her first novel ‘Saare jahaan ka dard’ that was set in Kashmir was published by Naseem Anhonvi’s publication from Lucknow. She wrote Yeh Raste and later Aalampanah, which got her immense popularity as TV serial Farmaan was based on it. She wrote over 200 stories in her literary career. She was a student of science and also wrote a book ‘Saainsi Zaaviye’ that was in the syllabus in Nagpur.

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Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza: He was born in September 1, 1927 at village Gangauli in Ghazipur (UP). He got Ph.D from Aligarh Muslim University. Later, he went to Bombay, where he joined the films. He is famous for Adha Gaon and Neem Ka Per. He wrote the dialogues of famous serial “Maha Bharata”. He died in March 15, 1992.

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Rajinder Singh Bedi: (1915-1984) was an eminent progressive Urdu writer, playwright and a Hindi film director, screenwriter and noted dialogue writer. His literary career spanning 50 years and 72 short stories was marked with versatility and represented the finest creative writing in Urdu literature. His stories ‘Garm Kot’ and ‘Lajvanti’ are considered among the masterpieces of Urdu short story. His later collections of short stories were ‘Kokh Jali’ and ‘Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo’ and a collection of plays ‘Saat Khel’.

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Rashid Jahan (1905 – 1952): She wrote short stories. She was born in Aligarh. Her father, Sheikh Abdullah (not to be confused with the ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’), was a pioneer of women’s education and established the Women’s College at the Aligarh Muslim University. Rashid Jahan trained as a gynaecologist at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi. She was an active member of the Communist Party of India and a leading voice in the Progressive Writers’ Association. She married fellow revolutionary Mahmuduz Zafar. Rashid Jahan died in Moscow where she had gone for treatment for uterine cancer. She is buried in a cemetery there. Dilli ki Sair is her most famous short story. Some of her writings have appeared in collections like Aurat aur Dusre Afsane wa Drame (1937) and Woh aur Dusre Afsane wa Drame (Maktaba Jamia, 1977).

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Sa’adat Hassan Manto (Saadat Hassan Manto): (May 11, 1912 – January 18, 1955) He was a Kashmiri who made name and fame in Urdu literature as well as Bollywood while living in Bombay. He migrated to Pakistan after partition. He is best known for his Urdu short stories , ‘Bu’ (Odour), ‘Khol Do’ (Open It), ‘Thanda Gosht’ (Cold Meat), and his magnum opus, Toba Tek Singh’. Manto was also a film and radio scriptwriter, and journalist. In his short life, he published twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches. Manto was tried for obscenity half-a-dozen times, thrice before 1947 in India and thrice after 1947 in Pakistan, but never convicted. Some of his works have been translated in other languages.

Manto received his early education at Muslim High School in Amritsar but he was not much interested in the formal studies and failed twice in matriculation. In 1931, he finally passed out of school and joined Hindu Sabha College in Amritsar, which was already volatile due the independence movement, soon it reflected in his first story, ‘Tamasha’, based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He sobered up a little after the death of his father in 1932 for supporting his mother. In 1933 at age 21, he met Abdul Bari Alig, a scholar and polemic writer, in Amritsar who encouraged to him find his true talents and read Russian and French authors. Soon, he produced n Urdu translation of Victor Hugo’s The Last Days of a Condemned Man, which was published by Urdu Book Stall, Lahore as Sarguzasht-e-Aseer (A Prisoner’s Story). Soon afterwards he joined the editorial staff of Masawat, a daily published from Ludhiana His 1934 Urdu translation of Oscar Wilde’s Vera won him due recognition amongst the literary circles. At the continued encouragement of Abdul Bari, he published a collection of Urdu translation of Russian stories as Russi Afsane. This heightened enthusiasm pushed Manto to pursue graduation at Aligarh Muslim University, which he joined in February 1934, and soon got associated with Indian Progressive Writers’ Association (IPWA). His second story ‘Inqlaab Pasand’ was published in Aligarh magazine in March 1935. There was no turning back from there and his first collection of original short stories in Urdu, Atish Pare (Sparks; also Quarrel-Provokers), was published in 1936, at age 24.

Saadat Hasan Manto left Aligarh within a year, initially for Lahore and ultimately for Bombay. Manto had accepted the job of writing for Urdu Service of All India Radio in 1941. This proved to be his most productive period as in the next eighteen months he published over four collections of radio plays, Aao (Come), Manto ke Drame (Manto’s Dramas), Janaze (Funerals) and Teen Auraten (Three women). Saadat Hassan Manto arrived in Lahore sometime in early 1948. The substandard alcohol that he consumed destroyed his liver and in the winter of 1955 he fell victim to liver cirrhosis. During all these years in Lahore he waited for the good old days to return, never to find them again. He was 42 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife Safiyah and three daughters.

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Sajjad Zaheer: He was born on November 5, 1905. He died on 13 September, 1973, at the age of 68, while attending a conference of Afro Asian writers at Alma Ata, Kazakhistan Sajjad Zaheer was founder General Secretary of Progressive Writer’s Association. While studying at Oxford and London universities, young Sajjad Zaheer organised a group of left-minded Indian students to work for the national freedom struggle in 1927 and developed contacts with the British Communist Party. He convened the founding conference of Progressive Writers’ Association in London (1935) and prepared its manifesto. Coming back to India in November 1935,he started practicing law at Allahabad High Court. He migrated to Pakistan in 1948 at the instance of the Communist Party to establish a Communist Party in Pakistan, of which he was elected first general secretary. But came back to India and continued leading the left cultural movement through PWA, Indian Peoples’ Theatrical association (IPTA) and Afro-Asian Writer’s Association.

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Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem: Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem was a poet par excellence. He was born in Teheran, Iran to Khalifa Abdul Wahid Dar of Lahore (Now in Pakistan) and Bibi Fakhr-us-Sadat, a qajari princess of Iran. In fact, the Khalifa family had moved to Lahore from Kashmir in the 19th century. After the age of 11, his parents shifted back to India along with their two daughters Akhtar and Shamsi. Dr. Saleem was educated in Aligarh Muslim University Tibbiya College, Aligarh and later in London, where he also worked as announcer with BBC Persian Service. In Aligarh, he stayed with his close relative Dr. Ataullah Butt, of famous Butt Kada of Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui. Dr. Butt had founded Aligarh Tibbiya College. Throughout his life, Dr Saleem continued to write both prose and poetry in Urdu, Persian and English. In the 50’s and 60’s, his ghazals were published in many prestigious Urdu periodicals including Nuqoosh, Funoon, Adab-e-Latif, Adabi Duniya and other contemporary periodicals.

Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem (sitting extreme right) with Faiz (fourth from left along with Dr Saleem's father Khalifa Abdul Wahid sitting to left of Faiz)

The most remarkable work of Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem is ‘Khayyam-e-Nau’, which is poetic translation of Umar Khayyam’s ruba’is. The collection has been published by Sanjh Publications, Temple Road, Lahore thanks to efforts by Prof. Dr. Farid A. Malik, son of Mrs Akhtar Nazeer and Mirza Nadeem. During his last days, doctor saheb had become financially unstable and was greatly helped by his sister Mrs Akhtar Nazeer and her husband the late Malik Nazeer Ahmad. Dr. Saleem breathed his last in 1981. Dr. Saleem wrote poetry in Urdu and Persian. Some of his works are in English as well.

Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem was married to Begum Umm-e-Habiba, who was grand daughter of Syed Abdul Baqi, who was among first five students of Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College (which later became Aligarh Muslim University) and had imbibed education directly from Sir Syed. He was later appointed as bursar (accountant-cum-registrar) of the university.

Research thesis: Tabenda Batool has completed her master’s thesis on Dr. Saleem in 1987 from Punjab University Lahore and then her M. Phil in 1995 from Allama Iqbal University, Islamabad. Other collections of his poems and ghazals are also in the pipeline. On this blog we will be posting his works from time to time. Hope, you will enjoy them and post your comments. (Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem’s works and pictures can also been browed on saleemwahid.blogspot. com)

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Safi Lakhnavi: Born Syed Ali Naqi Zaidi (January 2, 1862–1950), was born Lucknow, in a family of Zaidi Syeds who claimed direct descent from Hazrat Imam Husain (A.S.). His father Syed Fazal Husain was appointed an Ataliq (tutor) to Prince Suleiman Qader Bahadur, son of Nawab Amjad Ali of Awadh. He was educated at the Canning Collegiate at Lucknow and served in the Revenue Department. He began writing verse at the young age of 13 under the pseudonym of Safi without any guidance from an Ustad (teacher), when having an Ustad was the norm. The poetry of Safi is characterised by the use of simple and sweet language of the people, making him very popular among the common folk. His considerable literary works include Aghosh-i-Madar, Tanzim-ul-Hayat, and Diwan-i-Safi. His poetry craft is taught in graduate and post-graduate Urdu programmes.

Some of his immortal couplets are: His masterpiece couplet is:

Ghazal usne chheri, mujhe saaz dena,

Zara umr-e-rafta ko Awaz dena”

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Prof Sajida Zaidi: She was born on May 18, 1927 at Meerut (UP). She was a descendant of Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali. She did BA B.Ed from AMU and M Phil from London. Sajida Zaidi joined as a lecturer in 1955 and retired as Professor in 1986. She wrote half-a-dozen collection of poetry, two books of dramas and several books in English also. She died on March 9, 2011 at Dubai. Her body was flown to Aligarh, where she was laid to rest on March 11, 2011.

(Comment by Muslim Saleem) The two sisters – Sajida Zaidi and Zahida Zaidi – were extremely talented. Both the sisters were teaching in Aligarh Muslim University when Muslim Saleem was a student there. Their names remained inseparable all through their lives and incidentally, both died one another after this year. On January 7, 2010 they jointly got Bahadur Shah Zafar award of Delhi Urdu Academy. Her books on criticism include Talaash-e-Baseerat and Guzargah-e-Khayal while her books of poetry are: Parda Hai Saaz Ka, Subul-e-Wujood and Aatish Zer-e-Pa. Her last address was: Sajida Zaidi, Doodhpur, Aligarh-202002.

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Saqib Lakhnavi: Best couplets

Baghbaan nay aag di jab aashiyane ko mere

Jin pe takiya thaa wahi patte hawa dene lagay

Zamaana badat ghaur say sun raha tha

Hameen so gaye dastaan kehte kehte

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Saghar Khayyami: One of the most popular humorist poets of Urdu. Passed away in Mumbai on June 18, 2008 at the age of 70 and laid to rest in his hometown Lucknow. His name was Rashidul Hasan. His presence ensured the success of any mushaira.

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Seemab Akbarabadi (1882–1951): His real name was Aashiq Hussain Siddiqui and was a renowned Urdu poet belonging to the Daagh School. He hailed from Agra. He was the eldest son of Mohammad Hussain Siddiqui, who was himself a Urdu poet, author of several books. The untimely demise of his father in 1897 forced Seemab to give up his studies and seek a livelihood first in Agra and then in Kanpur before joining Railways service at Ajmer from where he resigned in 1922 and returned to Agra. In the year 1923 he founded Qasr-ul-adab, a publishing house. Hr founded monthly Shair in 1930, which was continued by his son Aijaz Siddqui and now grandsons Iftikhar Imam Siddiqui etc. His monumental work, “Wahi-e-Manzoom “, an Urdu translation in verse form of the Holy Quran was published thirty years after his death. His books included 1. Naistan (1923), 2. Ilhaam-e-manzoom (1928), 3. Kaar-e-imroz (1934), 4. Kaleem-e-ajam (1936), 5. Dastur-ul-islah (1940), 6. Saaz-o-aahang (1941), 7. Krishna Gita (1942), 8. Aalam Aashool (1943), 9. Sidratul, Muntaha (1946), 10. Sher-e-inqlaab ( 1947), 11. Loh-e-mahfooz (1979), 12. Wahi-e-manzoom (1981)

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Shams Kanwal (1925-1995 ): Hailed from a feudal family in Bijnaur, UP. Moved to Mumbai in the 1960s,worked with local newspapers and journals. Brought out monthly magazine Gagan. In his last days, he moved to Aligarh. His pen was sharper than a sword which pierced personalities and ripped apart reputations. No wonder, Urdu journalist-writer made countless enemies, but few friends. He will be remembered for his bold, off-beat and often controversial essays and stories.

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Shaukat Thanvi: His family belonged to Thana Bhaun, a small town in Muzaffar Nagar district but he was born in Bindraban, Mathura district, UP, on February 2, 1904. Shaukat Thanvi was an essayist, columnist, novelist, short story writer, broadcaster, playwright, sketch-writer and poet but, in essence, he was a humorist and in almost all his writings an unmistakable streak of humour can always be traced. His article “Swadeshi Rail” established him as the foremost Urdu humourist. It is unfortunate that the writer of such a calibre had to write porn literature by the name of Wahi Wahanvi to meet both the ends. After partition, he migrated to Pakistan. In 1957, Shaukat Thanvi joined Jang, Karachi, and wrote a humour column called Vaghaira vaghaira. When Jang launched its Rawalpindi edition in 1959, Shaukat Sahib was posted there. He received Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in March 1963. He was ill and his health deteriorated there. He died on May 4, 1963 and was buried in Miani Sahib Graveyard.

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Siraj Aurangabadi (1715–1763): He was born at Aurangabad (Now in Maharashtra). His full name was Siraj-ud-Din Aurangabadi. He was a Sufi (mystic) and was the only other poet from Deccan other than Wali Dakhni to have left deep imprint on the tone and diction of Urdu. Siraj was one of the two front ranking poets who actually led life of a mystic, other being Mir Dard. The anthology of his poems titled Kulliyat-i-Siraj contains his ghazals along with his famous masnavi Nazm-i-Siraj. Influenced by famous Persian poets like Hafiz, Siraj gave ghazal a new orchestration of mystical experience. Hence his ghazals have two dimensional layers of meaning the mystical and metaphysical at one level, and secular and physical at another. Siraj’s masnavi Nazm I Siraj, though based on the saga of love remains an embodiment of the emotion of love revealing the mysteries of life through sorrow and yearning. His famous ghazal is’

Khabar-e-tahayyur-e-ishq sun na junoon rahaa na pari rahee

na to tu rahaa na to main rahaa, jo rahi so be-khabari rahee

shah-e-bekhudii ne ataa kiyaa mujhe ab libaas-e-barahanagii

na khirad ki bakhiyaagari rahee na junoon ki pardaadari rahee

chalee samt-e-ghaib se ik havaa ki chaman zuhoor kaa jal gaya

magar ek shaakh-e-nihaal-e-gham jise dil kahen so hari rahee

nazar-e-taghaaful-e-yaar kaa gila kis zabaan sun bayaan karoon

ki sharaab-e-sad-qadaah arazoo khum-e-dil men thi so bhari rahee

vo ajab ghadi thi main jis ghadi liyaa dars nuskhaa-e-ishq kaa

ki kitaab-e-aql ki taaq mein jyuunn dharii thi tyuun hi dhari rahee

kiyaa khaak aatish-e-ishq ne dil-e-benavaa-e-”Siraj” kon

na khatar rahaa na hazar rahaa magar ek be-khatarii rahee

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Yusuf Nazim: Born as Syed Mohd Yusuf, he was one of the foremost Urdu humorists in India and wrote over two dozen books. Yusuf Nazim was born in Jalna in Marathwada region of Maharashtra though his ancestors belonged to Farrukhabad in UP, He penned popular columns for newspapers like Inquilab.He passed away at his residence in Mumbai July 25, 2009 at the age of 88.

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Syed Waheed Akhtar: He was born on August 12, 1934 at Aurangabad (previously in Hyderabad state and now in Maharashtra) — December 13, 1996) was a poet, writer, critic, orator and one of the leading Muslim scholars. and philosophers of the 20th century. He was educated in Hyderabad and joined AMU as lecturer from where he where he retired in 1995. He specialised in Sufism, existentialism, aesthetics, literary criticism and Muslim philosophy and Shi’ite thought. More than two hundred articles, besides eight books in Urdu and English have been published. His published collections of poetry comprise mainly ghazals and nazms, but he also mastered other forms of poetry, like Marsia- elegy in the musaddas format; Qasida (Panegyric), [Hajv] (lampoon), Manqabat, Salaam, Rubai (quatrain). He did not join “tarraqipasand tehreek” (Progressive Writers’ Movement) and even predicted the fall of Communism. He has beed honoured with many prestigious awards. Best couplet:

“Jisko mana tha khuda khak ka paiker nikla, Haath aya jo yaqeen waham sarasar nikla.”

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Wajida (Wajeda) Tabassum: She was born in 1935 in Amravati, Maharashtra, India and died in December 2010 at Mumbai. After earning her master’s degree in Urdu from Osmania University, the family in 1947 moved to Hyderabad. Much of her writing is in a Hyderabad locale and the Dakkani dialect of Urdu, over which she has uncommon mastery. Quite a few of her stories are critiques of the decadent life associated with the old aristocracy of that region. In 1960 she married, against the wishes of her family, her cousin Ashfaq, who also no more. The couple now lived in Mumbai. Wajeda Tabassum was a firm believer and felt that her writing was so powerful because a religious force inspired her. Wajeda Tabassum had published 27 books. Utran is her best-known piece. When it was published in 1977, she was denounced because of attitudes the heroin displayed that were considered inappropriate of a Muslim woman, but the story was also widely appreciated. It has been translated into eight languages and filmed for television. Her books include Teh Khana, Kaise Samjhaoon, Phul Khilne Do, Utran, Zakhme-e-Dil Aur Mahak Aur Mahak and Zar, Zan, Zamin, which she had published in1989.

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Wali Deccani: (also known as Wali Aurangabadi – 1667-1707) His real name was Wali Muhammad, was a classical Urdu poet of the subcontinent. He was born at Aurangabad (Then a part of Nizam’s state and now in Maharashtra. He generally regarded as the first established poet to have composed Ghazals in Urdu language and compiled a divan. However, later researchers have contested this claim. It is said that his visit to Delhi in 1700 along with his divan of Urdu ghazals created a ripple in the literary circles of the north, inspiring them to produce stalwarts like Zauq, Sauda and Mir. Wali tried his hand at a variety of verse forms including the masnavi, qasida, mukhammas, and the rubai, the ghazal is his speciality. He wrote 473 ghazals containing 3,225 couplets (Ashaar). His favorite theme was love – both mystical and earthy – and his characteristic tone was one of cheerful affirmation and acceptance, rather than of melancholy grumbling. Wali died in Ahmedabad in 1707, and was buried in the same city. On 28 February 2002, a mob tore down Wali’s little tomb in Ahmedabad and dug up his grave. An idol of Hulladio Hanuman was placed over the rubble. Overnight, the road was tarred and now no sign remains. Wali’s grave had stood outside the gate of the police commissioner’s office.

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Zia Fatehabadi (Real name Mehr Lal Soni). He was born on February 9, 1913 at Kapurthala (Punjab) as the eldest son of Munshi Ram Soni, a civil engineer, whose family hailed from Fatehabad, small town near Taran Taran. Zia Fatehabadi’s contribution to Urdu language extends over 60 years and is voluminous. Zia Fatehabadi’s education began in Peshawar. However, he completed his schooling from Maharaja High School, Jaipur (Rajasthan). He obtained his B.A. (Hons) in Persian and M.A.(English) degrees as a student of Forman Christian College, Lahore. Zia Fatehabadi became Seemab Akbarabadi’s shagird in the year 1930 and remained true to his ustaad till his own death all the time working for spreading Seemab’s methods and instructions. The first major collection of Zia Fathebadi’s poems titled Noor–E–Mashriq was published from Delhi in the year 1937 in which his couplet

Woh dekh mashriq se noor ubhara liey huey jalwa-e-haqiqat

Majaz ki tark kar ghulami ke tu to hey banda-e-haqiqat

got quite famous. His other works include Nai Subah (1952), Gard–E–Raah (1963), Husn-E Ghazal (1964), Dhoop Aur Chandni (1977), Rang-o-Noor( 1980), Soch Ka Safar (1982) and Naram Garam Hawain (1987). A collection of his Urdu short stories Suraj Doob Gaya (1981) was simultaneously published along with the collection of Seemab’s letters to Zia Fatehabadi Seemab Banaam Zia (1981). A collection of his essays on twenty contemporary Urdu poets ZAVIYA-e NIGAAH (1984), a collection of his 25 Khutbat-e-sadarat Masnad-E-Sadarat Se (1985) and his biography of Seemab Akbarabadi Zikr-E-Seemab (1985) also got published. While remaining true to the classical style, Zia did not ignore the changing trends. A biography of Zia Fatehabadi titled Boorha Darakhat (Old tree) (1979) meaning was penned by Dr.Zarina Saani. Malik Ram wrote Zia Fatehabadi Shakhs Aur Shair. Some couplets:-

Duniya meri nazar se tujhe dekhti rahi

Phir mere dekhne mein bata kya kami rahi.

Khoi hui thi teri tajalli mein kainaat

Phir bhi meri nigah tujhe dhoondti rahi

Jalti rahi ummeed ki shamen tamaam raat

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Ziaur Rahman Naiyar: He becaome editor of Biswin Sadi Urdu monthly after the death of Khushtar Girami, a noted Sikh litterateur. He maintained the magazine’s standard. Some years ago he had begun withdrawing from the world after which Biswin Sadi closed down. He passed away silently in November 2009.

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Dr Zahida Zaidi (right) receiving an award.

Dr. Zahida Zaidi: Zahida Zaidi and Sajida Zaid extremely talented. Both the sisters were teaching in Aligarh Muslim University when Muslim Saleem was a student there. Their names have been inseparable, On January 7, 2010 they jointly get Bahadur Shah Zafar award of Delhi Urdu Academy. Zahida Zaidi passed away at her residence in Aligarh on January 12, 2011. She was 82. She was a distinguished bi-lingual writer in English and Urdu, dramatist and a stage director. She retired as a Professor of English from Aligarh Muslim University. She was also closely associated with the drama club at the varsity with popular actor, Naseeruddin Shah among her better known pupils. Zaidi was the grand daughter of Urdu poet Altaf Hussain Hali.

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UPCOMING LITTERATEURS

(Er.) Ahmad Rais Siddiqi. An alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Writes articles, short stories and poetry. He is an engineer by profession and one of those Urdu lovers who are making important contributions to the language despite not earning anything from it like the Urdu teachers of various levels. Address: G-84, Sector 7, Jasula Vihar, New Delhi-110025. Mobile 06650990786 Email: araissiddiqi@yahoo.co.in

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Arshia Jabeen: Department of Urdu, University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad-5000046

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Ehsan Hasan: Research Scholar, Urdu Department, Allahabad University, Allahabad, 212002

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Firdausa Seemi: Kashmir

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Khushwant Singh Shad: Novneet Printer, 220, Ramnagar, Alambagh, Lucknow-226005 (UP). Best couplet:

Farad ka gumaan hoon ke main maazi ka yaqeen hoon

Is lamha-e-maujood mein kya mein bhi kaheen hoon

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Suhail Akhtar: Address: JM (D), IDCO Towers, Janpath, Bhubaneswar-751002 (Orissa). Best couplet;

Merey junoon ke talabgar hain nazar waale

Hain gu-magu mein abhi tak agar magar waale

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