(Muslim Saleem in his office in January 201o)
(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 Madhya Pradesh-Chief Editor, Ataullah Faizan and Editor (Abdul Ahad Farhan) (See Muslim Saleem’s poetry with English and Hindi translations at this web site, muslimsaleem.blogspot.com, muslimsaleem.wordpress.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)

Muslim Saleem’s famous couplets

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

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

rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha….

doctor neend ki goiyan likh gaya

wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai

haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam

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Ali Abbas ‘Ummeed’: He is a very good poet and enchanting person. Born on July 1, 1945 in village Tajpur in Jaunpur district (Uttar Pradesh), Ummeed has published his 10 book in Urdu, Hindi and English. He is an economist and resides at 01, Star Residency, Idgah Hills, Bhopal-462001. Mobile No. 9200846045. Ali Abbas Abidi ‘Ummeed’ is the national president of literary organisation Qalamkar Parishad. His books include 1. Nigar-e-Ghalib (Urdu criticism), 2. Lahu Lahu (poetry), 3. Afaqi Alamia (spiritualism), 4. Mahti Devta (Hindi-spiritualism), 5. Pattharon ka Shahr, 6. Nanhi Munni Kahaniyan, 7. Lab-e-Goya, 8. Parwane Ki Khak 8. Spray (English-poetry), 10 Qalam Ka Dard (Hindi-poetry). His works have been published in over 300 periodicals in various countries.

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Arif Aziz: He is a prolific journalist working with Daily Nadeem (Urdu) Bhopal. He is also a columnist and writer having 9 books to his credit. His books include 1. Nabz-e-Dauran 2. Zikr-e-Jameel 3. Qadr-o-Qeemat 4. Talash-o-Ta’assur 5. Had-de-Nigah 6. Suraj, chand, sitare 7. Musafir-e-Haram 8 Azad Hind Mein Urdu Sahafat. The 65-year-old writer lives at 20, Ghati Bhadbhunja Road, Talaiyya, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9425673760.

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Abdul Aziz Roshan: Born on February 19, 1943. Ghazal.Address: 12, Jogipura, Budhwara , Bhopal.Phone No: 0755-2744347 Mobile No. 9300791777

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Abdul Majeed Khan (professor): Born on July 31, 1936. Writes Urdu and Persian literary critical articles. Address: 36, Laila Burj Road, City Kotwali, Bhopal. Phone : 0755-2547301

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Abdul Qavi Desnavi (professor): Born in Bihar on November 1, 1930. Died on July 7, 2011 at Bhopal. Retired as professor from Saifia College Urdu Department. Many books to his credit. Prof Desnavi passed away after protracted illness. He was 81 and is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. Desnavi had been admitted at a private hospital here following complaints of old age related ailments, family sources said. He was laid to rest in Bada Bagh graveyard in Bhopal where a large number of literary personalities and prominent citizens participated in his funeral procession. Born on November 1, 1930 in Desna village in block Asthawan in Nalanda district of Bihar, Desnavi has over 50 books on Urdu literature to his credit. Among his major works were, ‘Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad’, a book on freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad published in 2000. Dr Desnavi used to reside at 2, Niayamt Pura, Prince Colony, Idgah Hills, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2546446. (His pictures with Muslim Saleem available on this web site)

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Afaq Ahmad (professor): Born on July 30, 1932. Books: Pur Shore, Khamoshi, Amanat-e-Qalb-o-Nazar, Ek Kiran Ujale Ki, Majlis-e-Iqbal. Has been chairman of Urdu Akademi and also looked after Allama Iqbal Adabi Markaz being run under Sahitya Academy, Bhopal. Address: 8, Gulkada, Idgah Hills, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2541414.

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Aftab Arif: Born December 31, 1943. Writes ghazals, nazms. Address, 8/12, Hathikhana, Bhopal. Phone 0755-266188.

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Afzal Sha’ur: Born on January 1, 1955. Address: 8/12, Behind Jyoti Kirana Store, Bagh Dilkusha, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9826577292.

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Ahad Parkash: Born June 17, 1951. Writes ghazals, children’s literature. Address: 304 Pushpam Apartment, Behind Capital Hotel, Bharat Talkies, Bhopal. 0755-4075924. Mobile No. 9893222180.

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Ahmad-ud-Din Khan Ashraf: Born on October 10, 1950. Address: 2, Afridi Manzil, Jogipura, Near Thana Talaiya, Bhopal. 0755-2744762.

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Akhtar Wamiq: Born on June 24, 1954. Writes ghazals. Books ‘sahra mein saibaan’ and ‘khwabon ki kirchiyaan’. Address: Ghazal House, 1970 Nai Basti, Khanugaon, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2376746. Mobile 9893222180.

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Akhtar Warsi Samar: December 23, 1931. Ghazal. Book: Sukhan-Dar-Sukhan. Address- 97/A, Prince Colony, Idgah Hills, Bhopal. Mobile: 9229488575

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Alamgir Quli Khan Shamsi: Born on December 24, 1953. Writes ghazals. Address: A-55, Housing Board Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Phone No. 0755-2730951. Mobile 9424463635.

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Anees Sultana: Born on July 2, 1941. Books: Qusur Mua’af, Bachchon ki Shafiqa Farhat, Sharh-e-Qasaid-o-Marasi. Address: Behind Moti Masjid, Bhopal, Phone No. 0755-2547213

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Anjum Barabankavi: (Doctor): Born on July 1, 1964. Writes ghazals. Address: Karrar House, Khanugaon, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2547213 Mob: 9826345136

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Anwar Hussain Anwar: Born on July 20, 1947. Books: Sulagra aadmi, guldasta-e-Urdu, yad-e-sahir, shab-o-roz. Address: Street No. 14, Arif Nagar, Bhopal, 462018. Phone No. 0755-2733044 Mobile: 9300947056

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Anu Sapan (Dr): June 20, 1969. Ghazals, geet. Book: Ahsaas jo moti hue. Address- G-3/383, Gulmohar colony, Bhopal: Mobile No. 9425008601

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Anwar Sultan (Mrs). Born on May 18, 1954. Address: 89, Kotwali Road, Bhopal 462018. Mobile No. 9826443227

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Anwar-e-Islam: Born on October 1, 1947. Wrote 55 books about literacy. Address: C-61, Samrat Nagar, Ashoka Garden, Bhopal-462018. Mobile: 9893663536

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Arif Ali Arif: Born on August 15, 1969: Address: House No. 12. Street No. 1, Bagh Farhan Afza, Bhopal-462018. Phone: 0755-2683437. Mobile 93929546199

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Arif Ansari: Brings out Urdu daily Haq-o-Insaf. Writes ghazals. Address: 4, Ahata Manka Shah, Pul Bogda, Bhopal. 462023. Phone 0755-2680775 2750634 Mobile: 9329041684.

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Arjumand Bano Afshan (doctor): Born: September 1, 1962. Book: Riayast-e-Bhpal aur bairooni mashaaheer (under publication). Address: 164 Ashoka Vihar, Nagar Nigam Colony, Bhopal-462023. Phone: 0755-4228384 Mobile: 9826288405

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Arman Akbarabadi: Born: March 5, 1945. Writes Na’ats, ghazals, ruba’is. Address: Quarter No. 761, N/2, B Sector, Govindpura, Bhopal. 462023 Mobile: 9826991325

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Ashfaq Mishhadi Nadvi: (some people misspell Mishhadi as Mushhadi) : Born: 10 January, 1945. Edited Urdu weekly Ayaz for 28 years. He is the bureau chief of Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu) for its MP-Chhattisgarh edition. He was decorated with Sahara, will be honoured with national level Hakim Qamr-ul-Hasan Award by MP Urdu Akademi on December 24, 2010. He is an outspoken and fearless journalist. Ayaz was a BJP newspaper but he highlighted problems of Urdu and Muslims without any hitch. (He has a major role in establishing Muslim Saleem in Bhopal). Address: 29, Jinsi Road, Jahangirabad, Bhopal-462008. Phone 0755-2578217 Mob: 9826088387

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Ashraf Nadeem (Bhopali) He was born on 26th of December 1931 in Bhopal. He is penning poetry since 1965. His father Shareef Fikri was also a poet. He has two books to his credit. 1Afkar-e-Nadeem (1985) 2. Khoon-e-Jigar (2003). He has also worked as an Urdu journalist. According to him, his biggest contribution is proving that the ghazal; “na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon, na kisi ke dil ka qarar hoon” was penned by Bahadur Shah in Rangoon prison and not Muztar Khairabadi (See: ashrafnadeem.blogspot.com). At present he lives Near Ram Leela Gate, Raisen (MP) 464551. Phone No. 222392 Mobile No. 9300410640. Best couplet:

Nasha jab iqtidaar-e-waqt ka chadhtaa hai aankhon par to pehchani hui surat bhi pehchaani naheen jaati.

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Azimuddin: Born July 26, 1944. Retired Programme Officer of AIR. Book of 15 dramas “Muskurahaten” published in 1995. All these dramas were broadcast in Hawa Mahal programme of Akashwani. Wrote several articels in Urdu newspapers and periodicals. Address: 116, Green Park Colony, Berasia Road, Bhopal. 0755-2734902.

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Aziz Durrani: He was neither a poet nor writer. But even then, he deserves a mention in this web directory. He had over one lakh couplets at the tip of his tongue. Due to his great literary penchant and vast knowledge, every literary person thought himself to be lucky in his company. He was twice my age (35) when I came into his contact. In due course, he became my spiritual guide. He was a man of great character and integrity. Despite working in PWD, a department known for its corrupt practices, Aziz Durrani never indulged into any such practice throughout his service. At a time when I was facing hardships in life, he became my best morale booster. Whenever, I faced a problem, I rushed to Mr Durrani and most of the times found him waiting for me at the ‘patia’ outside his house. As soon as he would see me, he started reciting some couplets, which depicted my inner and mental conditions. When this happed umpteen times, I came to believe that he had great spiritual power. In his death a decade ago, I lost a friend, guide and philosopher and have never got intimacy with any other person with such intensify. Following is the nazm I had written after the death of Aziz Durrani: (Posted by Muslim Saleem on June 6, 2010)

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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.

Muslim Saleem has attributed these couplets to him on March 14, 2010

Naheen Kisi ka bhi number Bashir Badr ke baad

Basheer Badr hi behtar Bashir Badr ke baad

mili hui hai ghazal ko panah gaah abhi

kahan banaayegi ye ghar Bashir Badr ke baad

hai sehl goi mein maahir Basheer Meer kay baad

hunar kise hai ye azbar Bashir Badr ke baad

zara samjhiye to Muslim Saleem kaa rutbaa

yahi hai ek sukhanwar Bashir Badr ke baad

(Note: Bashir Badr was my Urdu teacher in B.A at AMU, Aligharh in 1972)

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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. (Also see his entry in Urdu poets and writers of India) 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 banana hai

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Devendra Deepak: Not an Urdu litterateur. But even then he did something for Urdu as the head of MP Sahitya Academy and Allama Iqbal Urdu Markaz for five years. He retired from this post on March 31, 2010. The 77-year-old Deepak was born at Saharanpur in UP. Address: D-15, Shalimar Garden, Kolar Road, Bhopal. Telephone: 0755-2495600. Mobile: 9425679044.

(When I (Muslim Saleem) met him for the first time on March 25, 2010 in connection with this directory, he turned very apologetic towards me. He said that MP Sahitya Academy has committed a historic blunder by not including my (Muslim Saleem’s) name in the telephone directory of Urdu poets of Bhopal, which was published in 2006. I told him not to mind as I don’t care about these trivial things and by the way he was not responsible for this , but his Urdu-knowing staff, who committed this mistake. It is Allah’s grace that those people and institutions, who have ingnored me over the years, are now trying to pacify me after my re-ermgence and providing their data and picture for inclusion in this directory)

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Dr. Azam: Real name: Dr. Mohammad Azam. Humourist poet: Born on January 1, 1963 at Amdari village in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh to Dr. Shibli Hasan and Mrs Kusum Jahan. EducationL BUMS from Aligarh Muslim University Tibbiya College. He is presently posted as Unani Medical Officer, Sehore (MP). Address: “Sukoon”, 193, Panchwati, Airport Road, Bhopal-462032. Mobile: 09827531331.

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Farhat Jahan: She is one of the women writers of Bhopal who have made their mark after the late Shafeeqa Farhat. She won gold medal MA (Urdu) exam of Barkatullah University, Bhopal. Her first short story “Pyasi rooh” was published in 1979 in Shair magazine. The collection of her short stories “Baazyaaft” was published by MP Urdu Akademi in 1986. Got Urdu Akademi’s Mohammad Yusuf Fellow Award in 1997-98: Farhat Jahan has read her paper in London as well. She is the president of “Dhanak” and member of Rose Society. Address: E-64 “Kopal”, Idgah Hills, Bhopal-462001. Phone No. 0755-2541540.

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Farooq Anjum: Born on November 18, 1943. Book: Khushboo Nazar Aaye. Address: Classic Studio, in front of Super Bazar, Qaziq Camp, Bhopal. Mobile: 9301149807

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Firoza Yasmeen: Born on May 5, 1948. Book: Akhtar Sayeed Khan Shakhseeyat-o-Fan. Address: A-174, Housing Board Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2547861

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Ghanshyam Tomar: Born on June 30, 1927. Books: Subh-e-Nau (Short stories), Harf-e-Aakhir and Canvas (poetry). Add: 5, Faujdar Lane, Talaiya, Bhopal. Ph. 0755-2737718.

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Habeeb Ahmad: His is a big name in the Urdu world of Madhya Pradesh even through he is neither a poet nor writer or critic. But even then he has laid in valuable service for Urdu. Without any remuneration, Habeeb Ahmad has been bringing out Sunday Edition of daily Nadeem by the name ‘Adab Nama’ for the last about quarter century. Many special issues of ‘Adam Nama’ have won critical acclaims including those featuring on Sir Syed, Fazal Tabish, Maulana Inam-ur-Rehman Khan, She’ri Bhopali, Taj Bhopali etc. Adab Nama’s popularity can be gauged from the fact that an Indore girl student did her MA (Urdu) desertation on this subject. Habeeb Ahmad was born in Bhopal on July 1, 1949 and resides at Habiba Manzil, 74-Ashoka Colony, Nur Mahal Road, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2730829 Mobile: 9893566483.

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Hafsa Arab (Prof): Born 1945. Humour, Essay. Address- 112/8, Hathi Khana, Near Hamidia College, Budhawara. Phone: 0755-2661888 Mobile 9425012387

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Hasan Fatehpuri: Born April 1, 1949. Ghazal. Address- N-10, Barkatullah University Campus, Bhopal. Phone No-0755-2783694, Mobile 9893461942

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Hasan Masood (Prof): Born June 18, 1937 Review, Criticism Address- 24, Sunrise Colony, Idgah Hills. Phone No- 0755-2737033

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Hasan Zaheer: Born 4 February 1935. Ghazal. Address- 91, Jinsi, Church Road Jahangirabad, Bhopal. Phone No- 9893297849

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Haseeb Tarannum: Born February 3, 1943. Na’at, Ghazal. Address- 66, Prince Colony, Lower Idgah Hills, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2736160 Mobile 9926311777

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Huma Kanpuri (HN Shukla): Born July 25, 1967. Ghazal. Address- H-17-PWD, Staff Quarters, Idgah Hills, Behind Pari Bazar. Phone No- 0755-2547712

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Iftikhar Jaleel Shauq:: I (Muslim Saleem) met him for the first and last time in 1994 when Shauq was in Bhopal for many months. Though Shauq had migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, his heart rested in Bhopal. His biggest achievement is ‘Majalla-e-Bhopal. It is comprehensive 250 page magazine, which he published from Karachi after his two-month sojourn at Bhopal during which he met almost all the luminaries of Bhopal and collected their pictures and material written by them or on them and then published it in the form a magazine, which he christened as Majalla-e-Bhopal. At the time of his visit in 1994, I was doing night shift with National Mail. I was deeply impressed by his sincerity towards and attachment with Bhopal. Though I used to be tired during the day time due to nigh duty, I helped him by taking him on my scooter wherever he wanted to go for collecting material for the magazine and meeting people. I wrote following poem in his honour, which he carried on page 151 of Majalla-e-Bhopal.

Muslim Saleem (left above picture) is reading out his short story at the flat of Dr Shafiqa Farhat in 1994. Iftikhar Jaleel Shauq his sitting beside him. (Below: Shauq, Arif Aziz, Kausar Jahan and others

Nazr-e-Iftikhar Jaleel Shauq

Karey Karachi ko Bhopal zaar Shauq apna

Ho kyun na baais-e-sad Iftikhar Shauq apna

Na kohsaar, na ye taal us se chhota hai

Ye kaun kahta hai Bhopal us se (Karachi se) chhota hai

Ba faiz-shauq isi anjuman mein rahta hai

Watan sey door hai lekin watan mein rahta hai

Majalla us ney jo Bhopal par nikala hai

Har ahl-e-Ilm-o-adab ka wo ik hawalaa hai

Kitabi shakl di berozgar ho kar bhi

Na rok paai qadam us key tangi-e-zar bhi

Khuda-e-paak sey Muslim Saleem ki hai dua

Ho uska naam bhi roshan mere watan jaisa

There was a farewell function for him in the night and due to my duty, I was unable to attend this function. Therefore, I gave this poem to Iqbal Masood, who recited this in the function on my behalf.

The following morning Shauq departed from Bhopal but published the poem in the magazine. Shauq also carried a number of my ghazals and pictures in the magazine. Others who pictures have been published in Majalla-e-Bhopal include Akhtar Saeed Khan, Dr Mamnoon Hasan Khan, Sheri Bhopali, Iqbal Majeed, Javed Saba, Sikandar Hafiz Khan, Ghazanfar Ali Khan (editor of Aftab-e-Jadeed) with his brother and editor of Dawn Karachi Ahmad Ali Khan, Naib Qazi Ameeu Ullah, Abdur Rauf Khan, Muzaffar Raees, Qamar Jamali, Shaukat Ramuzi, Maqsood Imrani, Fazal Tabish, singer Sumna Rai, singer Asma Mannan, Jamal Akhtar, Jalaluddin (Olympian), Qamar Ashfaq, Khalid Mehmood, Zafar Sehbai, Iqbal Masood, Dr Mohammad Noman Khan, Naseem Ansari, Habib Rehman Nadvi, Khalil Ullah Khan Advocate etc. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on May 21, 2010)

A look at the credit page of Majalla-e-Bhopal with Muslim Saleem’s name in editorial board.

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Ishrat Qadri: He was born as Peerzada Sayyad Sagheer Ahmad Qadri at Sehore in 1926 and died on May 17, 2011 at his in Hasan Bagh, Hathikhana, Bhopal. Qadri had retired as Asst Librarian from Ambedkar Library of in 1993. Has been associated with poetry since 1944. Has one collection to his credit titled “Sahar Numa”. Held posts in Markaz-e-Adab, Anjuman Taraqqi Pasand Musannifeen Bhopal Unit, Urdu Writers Guild. Edited a number of periodicals including Shinakht and Shahkar (Bhopal). Founder of literary association “Markaz-e-Adab”. He has compiled 37 books of other writers. Has won many awards including the prestigious “Siraj Meer Khan Sahar Bhopali Award” of MP Urdu Academy. He was probably the last poet in the region who had kept the glorious tradition of “islaah” alive in this part of central India. Qadri had numerous disciples who learnt the nuances of ’shayri’ from him. He had been penning poetry for the last 67 years [since 1943-44). His 'library' in Hathikhan, Budhwara, Bhopal had been the hub of literary activity in Bhopal for decades. The library had always been open to research scholars and other bibliophiles. In the post-independence era, when Urdu was facing tough times, he published dozens of important books and fellow poets who couldn't afford to get their divans printed, through his own publication. Some couplets

Yaad-e-maazi bohat sataati hai

raat aankhon men beet jaati hai

Gumshuda saaye dhuundhtaa huun main

lamha ban kar thahar gayaa huun main

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Idris Moonis: Born August 23, 1940. Naat and Ghazal. Book; Narm Aanch. Address- FAS Computornics, 37-Chowkie Talaiya, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2737395

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Ikram Akaram Bhopali (Dr): Born January 13, 1951 Naat, Ghazal. Book; Gulhay-e-Aqeedat. Address- 367 Ashoka Vihar, Ashoka Garden, Bhopal. Phone No- 9300476633

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Iqbal Arif (Prof): Born. November 17 1947. Ghazal. Address- 60, A-Sector, Behind Kilol School, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2735276

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Iqbal Baidar: January 4, 1942. Ghazal, Sehara. Book; Gharonde Ret Ke. Address- 9, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Near Rambha Talkies, Jahangirabad, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2574889 Mobile No. 930068653

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Iqbal Masood: Born: June 4, 1950. He is the son of Mohammad Shafi Khan. Struggled hard in life. Had a teaching stint on temporary basis in Saifia College, Bhopal in 1975. Thereafter, he joined Urdu journalism a sub-editor of Aftab-e-Jadid (Now defunct) from 1979 and rose in ranks to become its editor in 1993. After closure of Aftab, he joined Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akademi and became its joint secretary (had a brief stint as acting secretary as well) He retired from the post on June 30, 2010. He is a poet as well as writer. Book; Aitbar-e-Harf. Address- A-23/4, Rajat Apartments, BDA Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Mobile No- 9827089881. (His photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

Ties with Muslim Saleem: Iqbal Masood was the first person in Bhopal to have recognised the potential of Muslim Saleem as a poet and writer. He recommended my name to various functions, where I met with success. I also worked with him as sub-editor in Aftab-e-Jadid. While Iqbal Masood was a reporter, I looked after the front page. In 1983, I moved to Hindi journalism (Dainik Bhaskar) and then to English journalism (National Mail, Central Chronicle and now Hindustan Times) in 1986. For about 20 years, we did not meet despite living in the same city without any reason. He also seemed to have forgotten me so much so that when he helped in compiling a directory of Urdu poets and writers of Bhopal called Qalam Dasta, he forgot to get my name included in it though it had the names of 192 ‘litterateurs’. Then I rediscovered him in 2006, when my Aligarh friends Prof Abdul Kalam Qasmi and Fahat Ehsas came to Bhopal to attend a function at Bharat Bhavan. During his stint at Urdu Akademi, he also did not call me even once for reciting my poetry or short stories at the Akademi. But I don’t have a complaint, since I look towards Allah, Who is the giver of name and fame. By His grace, the person, whose name was not thought fit to be included in the directory of Bhopal litterateurs, has himself compiled a much larger directory which is accessible worldwide. Not only Iqbal Masood, but I have been overlooked and underestimated by my other collegues as well. But everyone should know that no one can ignore me now by the grace of Allah. And my name will also sparke in the world of Urdu literature like my illustrious grandfather Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakeem and father Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem, the creator of ‘Khayyam-e-Nau’.

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Iqbal Majeed: born July 12, 1934. Urdu prose, drama. Books; Do Bheege Log, Meeras Ek Halafia Bayaan, Shahar-e-Badnaseeb, Kisi Din, Namak, Tera Aur Uska Sach. Address- B-132, Housing Board Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9893682997

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Iqtidar Afsar (Prof): Real name: Iqtidar Ahmad Siddiqui. Born: August 1, 1952. At present, he is head of department of physics and electronics, Saifia College, Bhopal. His father the late Prof Manzoor Ahmad was the head of Saifia College’s Arabic Department. Prof Iqtidar was education officer in Tanzania from 1983 to 85. He used to be a good hockey player in his youth. He is among the office-bearers of many a literary bodies and has won a number of awards. Collection of his Na’ats “Naghmaat-e-Firdaus” has been published. Address: 871, Lane No 1 Near Masjid Madarul Muham Patra, Parighat, Bhopal: Mobile No- 9300698161

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Ismail Shakir: January 1, 1966.. Hamd, Ghazal. Address- Masjid Tarjume Wali, Motia Park, Bhopal. Mobile No 9893265635

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Jaleel-ul-Rehman Siddiqui (Dr): Born July 1, 1937. Literary columns. Address- Reliable Apartments, A-154/F2 HB Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2549638

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Javed Akhtar: He was born on January 17, 1945, at Gwalior. His real name is Jadoo. He is son of Jan Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar, a teacher and a writer. He received his early education from Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow. Hee went to Aligarh and took admission Minto Circle school of Aligarh Muslim University. He passed his secondary education from Aligarh Muslim University. After completing his matriculation, he did his BA from Saifia College, Bhopal.

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Kailash Sarang: Janab Kailash Sarang Saheb is not the name of an individual, but an institution. He is a multilingual giant figure as well apart from being a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. When the history of Urdu literary world of Madhya Pradesh will be written, the name of Kailash Sarang will be written in golden letters. He is not a poet or writer of Urdu, but this beleaguered language, especially in Bhopal and large parts of Madhya Pradesh, is indebted to him a lot. He can read and write Urdu and has been a regular reader of some good Urdu magazines. At a time when Urdu and Urdu writers were going through the worst patch, it was Kailash Sarang who infused a new life in it. He brought out an Urdu weekly “Ayaz” from Bhopal for his party. The weekly ran successfully for 18 years until BJP decided to close it down. It not only gave employment to Urdu people, but also highlighted the problems of Urdu and Muslims. In 1982, the ten-year celebrations of “Ayaz” were held. A grand Mushaira was organised at Khirni Wala Maidan (Now Iqbal Maidan). It was one of the grandest Mushairas in the history of Bhopal. (I also recited my ghazals along with Atal Behari Bajpai, Qateel Shifai and other famous poets at this Mushaira). On this occasion, an Ayaz Diary was also published on each page of which was a couplet of Urdu poets. Importantly, publication of Ayaz and organisation of these celebrations were funded by sympathisers of RSS and BJP, just because of Kailash Sarang. Limitations of this directory do not allow me more space but I will write a very comprehensive article focusing on him on the same website under a separate head)

Residence: Sheesh Mahal, near Moti Masjid, Bhopal phone No. 0755-2543551

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Kamil Behzadi: His real name is Abdul Hameed Khan. He was born at Nagpur on April 1, 1934 and has studied up to MA in Urdu. He retired as Section Officer in 1992. His published books include 1. Lafzon ka safar 2. Aasman raushan hai (Hindi), Tilok Chand Mahroom ek mutala’a 4. Indanama. Awards: ‘Shayar-e-Shabab award of Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Prishad, Mohammad Ali Taj Award of MP Urud Akademi (2010) and many others. Address: “Ghazal”, C-42, Tilak Cooperative Society, Indra Vihar Colony, Airport Road, Bhopal. Phone 462030 Mobile No. 9617978665. Best couplets:

Kar na de ruswa kaheen andaz-e-shahana mujhe – ay mera Allah de lahja faqeerna mujhe

Khoon-e-dil hai ki hatheli pe hina thehri hai – qatl karna mere qatil ki ada thehri hai

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Kausar Jahan Kausar: Born: March 6, 1944. Books: Jadoo Nagri, Sarhad. Retired as HoD, Urdu Department, MLB College, Bhopal. Address. 786, New Colony, Khanugaon, Bhopal. Phone. O755-2660786, 2749786. Mobile. 9993188140. Writes short stories. She is a poetess also. Best couplets

Auraq-e-Musawwir they, saleebon mein jadey they

Ham khwab they toote huey, aankhon mein padey they

Aksar unka chehra khidki sey aakar tik jaata hai

Purwai galiyon mein aakar jab jab shor machati hai.

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Kausar Siddiqui: Born: November 19, 1934.at Allahabad (UP). Education: BA, LLB. Retired as general manager, Civil Supplies Corporation. His biggest service to Urdu is that he is editing and publishing quarterly Karwan-e-Adab since 2001. Books: Phool Ek Hi Chaman ke, Taj-ul-Masaajid Ki Kahani, Faseel-e-Shab, Saaz-e-Jaras, Nala-e-Jaras, Jeb Mein Pathhar, Mauj-e-Subu, Aag, E’triraf, Raushan Ayat, Haryali, Urdu Pujari, Dhaai Aakhar, Mauj-e-Gul. He has visited London and Pakistan in connection with literary activities. A student has been awarded PhD by Barkatullah University, Bhopal for research on hi. Address. Zeb Villa, 79-A, Ginnauri, Bhopal. Phone. O755-2542731.

Specimen of Kausar Siddiqui's calligraphy

Ties with Muslim Saleem: Kausar Siddiqui is one of towering figures of Urdu literature of Bhopal. When I was managing editor of daily Aftab-e-Jadid in 1982, I used to meet him regularly. At that I time I lived at 31, Shastri Nagar, Bhopal and he was staying at a government quarter in

North TT Nagar. That was the time when Noori Nastaliq had not arrived on the scene.

Dedication of book to Muslim Saleem

Since I had worked as a professional Khattat, I had worked out some sort of tying font of Urdu. But, when I discussed the matter with Mr Siddiqui, I found him one step ahead of me. The matter came to a close since the early version of Noori Nastaliq had hit the market soon. But the depth of Mr Kausar Siddiqui’s all-round knowledge was etched in my

Kausar Siddiqui with Qadir Khan at Bhopal. His son Rumi Jaffri is at extreme left.

mind. After 1983, I left Urdu journalism and gradually drifted away from active field of Urdu literature as well though I kept writing ghazals and getting them published in magazines. Times changed and faces and personalities too. In the year 2000, I faced problems with the Persian kalam of my father the late Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem. Some words were missing from the manuscript or were illegible. I discussed the matter with Mr Idris Moonis of Fas Computronics. He said that he knew of a person, who is adapt at Persian and can do it. I went to the person living in Ginnori and got the manuscript corrected without recollecting that he is none other than the same Mr Kausar Siddiqui whom I knew since both his whereabouts and appearance had changed quite a lot. Recently, when I launched the website khojkhabarnews.com and started a directory of Urdu Poets and Writers of Madhya Pradesh, I went to Mr Kausar Siddqui and met him after a gap of over 25 years. When he mentioned that he is the brother of Qaisar-ul-Jaffri and father to Romi Jaffry, all the old memories were rekindled in my mind. He is indeed a great person and workaholic litterateur with untiring flair of writing both prose and poetry. Still, he is very down-to-earth and does not brag about his achievements. A number of pictures have been contributed by him. I thank and salute Mr Kausar Siddqui. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on May 15, 2010)

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Kazim Raza Rahi (Dr). Born June 16, 1948. Ghazal. Address- F-5, Barkatullah University Campus, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2581352 Mobile No 9826345276

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Dr. Khalid Mahmood: Presently, he is Head of Deptt. of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi-110025. Ph. 6831717 Extn. 333. Books 1 Adab ki Tabeer, Tanqeedi Mazameen, Maktaba Jamia, New Delhi, 1999, 2. Urdu Safar Namon Ka Tanqeedi Mutalia, Maktaba Jamia, 1995, 3 Samandar Ansha, Shairi Ka Majuma, Maktaba Jamia, 1982, 4 Urdu Ki Nai Kitab (text book for Class XI), Co-Author & Co-Compiler, NCERT, 1976., 5 Urdu Ki Nai Kitab (text book for Class XII), Co-Author & Co-Compiler, NCERT, 1977, 6 jaize (Collection of Reviews of about 250 books), Advisor, Maktaba Jamia, New Delhi, 1985. Residence: 102, Jamia Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025.. Ph. 6921908. Mobile No. (0)9811381606. Before jointing Jamia in 1976, Khalid Mehmood was a lecturer in Safia College, Bhopal. Awards 1. 1983, U.P. Urdu Academy for Samandar Ansha” (Self composed poetry collection), 2. 1999, Delhi Urdu Academy and U.P. Urdu Academy for “Urdu Safar Namon ka Tariqeedi Mutaila 3. 2000, Delhi Urdu Academy for “Adab ki tabeer”. Best couplets:

Dekhi jab us makan ki khidki khuli hui

ik dast-enaaz yaad ka shana dabaa gayaa

koh-e-garan ke saamne sheeshe ki kya bisaat

ehd-e-junoon mein saari sharaarat lahu ki thi

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Kareemullah Shareef Khan Qamar: He was born on July 1, 1928 at Berasia and resides at Raisen. Has been composing poetry since 1950. He has retired from Forest Department in 1989. Best couplet

Zauq-e-Mai noshi to bada kasho itni piya……kar do majboor dua ke liye

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Khalid Abidi: Mohammad Khalid Abidi was born in Bhopal on August 17, 1947 and retired in 2009 as programme executive of All India Radio Bhopal. He holds master’s degree in Urdu. Khalid Abidi has a large collection of books, most of them rare, which he has purchased from his hard-earned income. He has several books, dramas, features, radio features and myriads of awards to his credit. The most memorable book on him is “Mohammad Khalid Abidi, ek mutala’a. Mailing address: Maktaba Abidiya, 545, Dil Aram House, Hawa Mahal Road, Bhopal and Royal Home, Flat No. 17, G/3, Chobdar Pura near Masjid Kalua Bua, Purana Qila, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9826532258

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Khaleda Siddiqui: Born August 16, 1948. Ghazal, Address- 76, Ashok Vihar, Nagar Nigam Colony, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2752494 Phone 6549497

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Mohammad Zafar Khan Zafar:

Died: July  7, 2011: He was a painter by profession. Had been writing ghazals since 1980. Used to take part in local as well as all-India mushayaras. He was about 55 years  of age at the time of .  his death. He resided in Ward No. 6, Raisen. Representative coupletKaun sa lal hai wo jis ki talab mein aksar…laut aate ho zafar ho ke bakhshaan ke qareeb

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Maqbool Ahmad Maqbool Satnawi: Born on May 26, 1933, in Satna (MP), Maqb ool lives at Kashana-e-Nazeer, Nazeerabad, Satna. He started penning poetry since 1954 and sought guidance from Ustad Hakeem Naushe Saheb. Maqbool resides at Kashana-e-Nazeer, Nazeerabad, Satna (MP) He has published three collections of his poetry 1. Ihsaasaat 2. Naqsh-e-Saani 3. Gul-e-Arzoo. His best couplet is :

Bas itni der ke liye chaman raha naseeb mein

kali ko jitni der ik gulaab sochta raha

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Maqsood Ashgar: : He was an Urdu journalist and brother of poet Mohammad Ali Taj.

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Maqbool Wajid: Born July 25, 1951. Poetry, articles. Books; Afkar, Zamane Ke Liye, Karvan Guzar Gaya. Address- H-8, Police Radio Colony, Bhadbhada Road, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2770787 Mobile 9425377323.

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Maqsood Imrani: He was an Urdu journalist, writer and poet. Maqsood Imrani was candid and plain-speaking. I (Muslim Saleem) had worked with him in Aftab-e-Jadeed from 1980 to 1983.

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Maqsood Irfan: He was expert in taking out posters against and in favour of people.

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Marzia Arif (Dr.) : She is presently Coordinator, Distant Education, Bakatullah University, Bhopal. She has compiled 5 books including ‘Bisat-e-Fikr, a collection of articles on literary criticism and Quran-e-Kareen ki Qasmon ka adabi wa sainsi jaiza (A scientific and literary analysis of Quranic oaths). She has written more than twn essays for radio, TV and newspapers. She lives at Street No. 1, House No. 4, Ret Ghat, Bhopal-462001.

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Masood Hashmi: July 4, 1941. Ghazal and Char Bait. Books; Gulistane Char Baith, Nazm-e-Madeena. Address- 10, Masjid, Pindaran, Ghoda Nakhas, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2736997

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Masood Akhtar Narvi: Born June 1, 1940. Ghazal. Book; Tanveer-e-Ghazal; Address 65-A Sector, Teela Jamalpura, BDA Colony, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2743107

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Mateen Shaheed: Born 1927. Ghazal. Books; Naqsh-e-Dawaam, Kashti-e-Fikr. Address- Zehran, Tower, T-1, Near Qidwai Manzil, Retghat, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9301633516

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Mehboob Ahmad Mehboob: Born January 1, 1936. prose and poetry. Books; Dast Basta, Baab Dar Baab. Address-13, Kacchi Masjid Road, Shahjahanabad, Bhopal. Mobile Nos 9300302656 and 9300116996

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Mehdi Jafar: Born at Allahabad, UP, he lived in Bhopal for 17 years and retired as the incharge of Canning Section of Food and Nutrition Department. He is basically a critic of Urdu prose but has also published “Keemiya-e-Samri, a collection of his poetry. After retirement, he settled in Allahabad. Address: 1284-A, Daryabad, Allahabad-21003. Phone: 0532-2451493. (See details on “Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad”)

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Mehtab Alam (Dr.): July 20, 1972. Poetry, Journalism. Address- ETV, Plot No 84 Zone 2, MP Nagar, Bhopal. Mobile No 9303138019.

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Mohammad Anees Ansari: Born September 7, 1955. Poetry, short stories. Book: Mahfil-e-Char Bait. Address- 260, Meghvarpura, Street No 3, Behind Lady Hospital, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2738686 (His photos with Muslim Saleem available on this web site)

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Mohammad Hassan Khan (Prof): March 14, 1952. Research. Books; Iran Ka Islami Dastoor Ek Jayza, Mutalia Sulemani, Hayat-e-Imran, Alam-e-Arab Va Islam. Address- 13, Masjid Shakoor Khan Road, Phone 0755-2546892 Mobile 9303118806.

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Mohammad Noman Khan (Dr): Born July 2, 1952. Books; Bhopal Adab Ke Aine Mein, Bhopal Mein Urdu, Inzimaam Ke Baad, Nakdo Nazar, Chand Mashaheere Adab Aur Bhopal, Kitabon Ki Batein, Talash-o-Tajzia. Address- 56, Nadeem Road, Ibrahimpura. Phone 0755-2546304(His photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

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Mukhtar Shameem (Dr): Born August 3, 1945. Ghazal, criticism. Books; Riyasat Tonk Aur Urdu Shayaree, Naama-e-Gul, Harf Harf Aaina, Dareecha-e-Gul, Pas-e-Ghubar, Zaheer Dehlavi, Jahan Barsaat Hoti Hai. Address- 10, Queen’s Homes, Near Ahmedabad Palace, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Mobile. No 9827355155.

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Mumtaaz Siddiqui: Born June 10, 1956. Ghazal, Nazm. Books; Sada-e-Dil, Juganuon Ke Mele, Bas Ek Nazar. Address- 5, Farrash Khana Lane, Street No 2, Jahangirabad, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2764024 Mobile No 9826062164.

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Munavvar Jahan Sahar: Born October 3 1975. Ghazal. Book: Khushaboo-e-Shahar. Address- 3, Ahata Mankasha, Pul Bogda, Bhopal. Mobile No. 93229222452

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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. 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. 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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Musthaq Walid: Born January 1, 1935. Hazal (satirical poetry). Book; Kele Ke Chhilake. Address- A-430, Housing Board Colony Berasia Road, Bhopal. No contact No.

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Naeem Kausar: Born December 5, 1936 in Raisen. Brings out Sadaa-e-Urdu literary journal from Bhopal. He is the son of Kausar Chandpuri. Books; Honhar Shehzada, Khwawon Ke Maseeha, Kaal Kothri, Iqrarnama. Brings out Urdu weekly newspaper Sada-e-Urdu. Address- 31, Firdous Cottage, Shamla Hills, Bhopal. Mobile No- 9200000905

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Najeeb Ramish: July19, 1942. Ghazal, criticism. Address- 31 Bagh Dilkusha, Lala Lajpat Rai Colony, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2680845

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Naeem Saba: Born April 2, 1948. Ghazal, review. Book; Din Raat. Address- 45, Noor Mahal Road Behind GPO, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2737612

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Namak Sironji. Born 1935. Hazal. Book: Chutakiyan. Address- Opposite Zeenat-ul-Masajid, Sonia Gandhi Colony. Bhopal. Mobile Nos. 9826391585 and 9826822387

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Naseer Parvaz: Born December 1, 1940. Ghazal and Nazm. Books; Khitta-e-Gulab, Mata-e-Deeda-e-Tar, Rasool-e-Akram, Ek Tanha Sada. Address- 296, LIG New Subhash Nagar, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2752987

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Naseem Ansari: Born December 14, 1943. Nazm and Ghazal. Books; Khwab To Zanjeerein Hain. Address- 11, B-Mahrukh, Housing Board Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9826325407

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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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Nisar Rahi: Born May 10, 1942. Story. Books; Sunahari Patjhad, Raiyfal, Sheesha-e-Dil, Chattan Reza Reza. Address- P-44, BDA Colony, Teela Jamalpura, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2737105 Mobile 9827565602

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Noor Mohammad Yaas: Born. January 1, 1955.Ghazal, Rubai. Books; Seepian Samandar Aag, Khushaboo Ke Jazeere, Ek Sooraj Ek Zamin Ek Asman. Address- 41, Matia Mahal Lane, Behind GPO, Bhopal. Despite his impoverished life, this poet has done exceedingly well. However, he could not carve out a distinct identity due to his aversion to remain aloof from any of the literary groups. Best couplets

Hisaar baandh ke mujha se kaya udaasi ne

Koi na aaye yahaan, ye dayaar mera hai

Main ne likhne ka jab irada kiya

Chehre-chehre se istifada kiya

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Nusrat Bano Roohi (Dr): Born – September 1931. Social articles. Books; Jang-e-Azadi Mein Bhopal Ka Hissa, Khan Shakir Ali Khan, Muslim Khwateen Ke Masail and Akhlakiyat Se Mutallik Chand Qurani Ayat. Address- 8 Krishna Colony, Near PGBT College, Berasia Road, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2736791 (Her group photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

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Nusrat Mehdi: Born on March 1, 1965 at Bijnaur (UP), Nusrat Mehdi is currently Secretary to Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akademi. The class II gazetted officer is a genuinely and extremely good poetess and writer of Madhya Pradesh. She is MA B. Ed. She has published two collections of her poetry 1. Saaya saaya dhoop 2. Aabla pa. Nusrat Mehdi has participated in international mushairas in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai etc. She is the daughter-in-law of famous Urdu critic and writer Mehdi Jafar. Address : F-8/15, Char Imli, Bhopal-462016. Phone 0755-4083586 Mobile No. 09425012227. Best couplets:

Haq paraston ki jahan rai shumari hogi

sab se pehle wahan aawaz hamari hogi

taul kar dekh le azmat ke taraazu mein ise

meri chadar teri dastaar pe bhari hogi

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Nusrat Siddiqui: Born August 21, 1939. Ghazal and Nazm. Book: Raqs-e-Nava. Address- 234, Saleem Chowk, Qaziq Camp, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2737612

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Pari Bano (Dr): Born December 24, 1943. Stories. Address- 34 Chowki Imambara, Noor Mahal Road, Bhopal. Mob; 9826048445

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Parveen Kaif (Dr): Born December 23, 1956. Ghazal. Address- 1, Street No 3, Amirganj Pari Bazaar, Bhopal. Phone 0755-5223444

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Parveen Saba: Born March 25, 1969. Ghazal, Nazm; Mauje Saba, Sehra Ki Dhoop. Address- 154, New Devki Nagar, Berasia Road, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2732548. Mobile No 9827265031.

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Parvez Akhtar: Born April 1, 1957. Education: B.A, Adeeb Kamil (Aligarh). Profession: Electronics and catering. Runs literary organisations “Bazm-e-Shahi” and “Hum Sab”. Address: 1, Murghi Bazar, Jahangirabad, Bhopal-462008. Mobile : 9302914983.

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Qasim Niyazi (Dr)

: Born July 11, 1931. Ghazal, Criticism and Review. Address- G-3, Balaji Hills View Tower, Bright Colony, Idgah Hills, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-27539884

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Qayum Javed (Dr): Born 1931. Humour. Address- 666, Street No 1, Marwari Road Inside Jumerati, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2544756

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Rabab Zaidi: April 6, 1940. Ghazal. Book: Ahange Rabab. Address- 9, Street No 6, Ameerganj, Shahjahanabad, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2544397

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Rahat Indori: He was born in 1950 and resides in Indore. Recites in Mushairas in India and abroad. The canvas of Rahat Indori is very vast. And when he writes the bitterness of life is out. Best couplets

masjidon ke sahan tak jaana bahut dushvaar thaa

dair se niklaa to mere raaste men daar thaa

ye aur baat ke dushman huaa hai aaj magar

vo meraa dost thaa kal tak use buraa na kaho

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Ramesh Khare Jauhar: Born April 13, 1948. Ghazal. Address- Ishawas, MH 21 Purwanchal, Phase 1, Khajuria Kalan Piplani, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-5281084, 9993679462

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Rasheed Akhtar: Born 1947. Nazm. Phone No- 0755-2736218

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Rasheed Anjum: February 10, 1940. Books; Saleeb Zinda Hai, Firaun, Faslon Mein Bati Zindagi. Address- 47, Kashana, Islampura, Itwara, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-9301081576

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Rasheed Anwar Ujjaini. Born March 31, 1957. Poetry. Address- Bablu-Guddu Kirana Store, Sanjay Nagar, Bhopal.

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Rasheed Nazar: Born July 17, 1953. Ghazal, Qata’at. Address- 1, Street, Chhuttu Lal, Chowki Talaiya, Bhopal. Mobile 982766802

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Razia Hamid (Dr): Born 1 September 1946. Afsana, criticism. Books: Nakooshe Bhopal, Nawab Siddiqui, Hasan Khan, Rif-at Sarosh Shakhshiyat Va Fan, Basheer Badra Shakhsiyato Fan, Armughane Akhtar, Saeed Khan, Bhopal Darpad, Aligarh Mera Chaman, Mohammad Ahmad Sabjwari Ek Mutalia, Yadon Ki Mahak, Bhopali Urdu, Muavine Haj, Lamhon Ka Safar Vagairah. Address- 6 Kinara Apartment, VIP Road, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2544100

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Rehbar Jaunpuri: Born January 2, 1939 to Shaikh Abdul Hameed of village Jaigahan in Jaupur district in UP. Excels in. Nazm, Ghazal. Has participated in Mushayaras even in Jeddah and Riyad. Books; Awaza-e-Zanjeer, Mauj-e-Sarab, Mata-e-Fikr, Paigam-e-Haq. Dr. Razia Hamid has compiled a book on his life and works. Address- N-3/651-B-Sector, Govindpura, BHEL, Bhopal-462023. Phone No. 0755-2600937. Mobile No- 9303211350.

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Rafat Mohammad Khan (Dr). Born: October, 26, 1937. Mini story, articles. Address- 47, B, Tolwali Masjid, Budhwara, Bhopal. Mobile No 9826841219

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Rifatul Hussaini: Born March, 1927. Naath, Ghazal, Nazm, Qat-aat. Address- 1/1, Nagar Nigam Colony, Bairasia Road, Bhopal. (His picture with Muslim Saleem available on this web site’s photo gallery)

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Sabiha Asar: January 1, 1947. ghazal. Address- Sarai Munshi Hussain Khan, Mohtajkhana, Noormahal Road, Bhopal. Mobiles: No- 9993614689, 9300803626

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Sabir Adeeb: Born January 1, 1939 at Hamirpur in UP. His grand father Mohammad Azeem penned satirical poetry by the pseudonym “Bedhab”. His works started publishing since 1959. Sabir migrated to Bhopal in 1960 in connection with service and settled here. Writes short stories and articles as well . Books; Hadab, Badalate Mausamon Ka Dard, Toote Rishton Ka Karb, Yadon Ke Jazeere, Abnaye. Address- 35, Gulkada, Kabeetpura, Kachchi Masjid, Bhopal. Mobile: No- 930328330. Best couplets:

1. Raahat biki, sukoon bika, zahn-0-dil bikey

Ham reza reza hokey bike, misle gil bikey

2. jo dost ahi wohi dushman bhi, hamnawa bhi hai

ta’alluqat mein yeh rakh-rakhao kaisa hai

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Sabir Niyazi (Dr): Born April 11, 1942. Ghazal. Address- 13, Chameliwala Road, Motia Park, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2749761

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Saeed Akhtar: Born May 14, 1933. Ghazal, parody. Address- In Front of City Kotwali, Bhopal. Phone: No- 0755-6451276, Mobile: 9229436149

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Safia Rag Alavi: Born March 3, 1935. (Died in December 2012) Ghazal, Nazm. Books: Muthti Bhar Lamhen, Tanha Tanha, Chutki Bhar Roshani. Address- HC 47, Lake View Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal Phone No- 0755-2738788

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Sagheer Athar Abbasi: Born April 2, 1945. Ghazal. Address- 10, Murghi Bazar, Jahangirabad, Bhopal. Mobile No- 9826823815

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Salahuddin Khalid Koti: He was bron on Octerber 24, 1943 at Kot in Fatehpur (UP) and educated at Haleem College, Kanpur, where he was close to Prof. Nushur Wahidi. After retiring from Forest Department, he resides at Raisen. Has been penning poetry since 1958. Best couplet

Is qadar pyar se dekho na hamari janib;…..warna afasaana banaa lenge zamaane waale

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Sarwar Alam Raz Sarwar: Was born on March 16, 1935 in Jabalpur. Sarwar received his early education in Jabalpur and then Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He earned his baccalaureate from AMU in Sciences (1956)as well as in Civil Engineering (1959) and later joined the University as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering. Sarwar emigrated to the USA in 1971. He currently resides in Carrollton, Texas, USA where he devotes his time and energies to furthering the cause of Urdu language and literature. Sarwar received his training in Urdu poetry and literature from his illustrious father, the late Abul Fazil “Raz” Chandpuri. In poetry Sarwar is primarily interested in Urdu Ghazal wherein his style favors and reflects the styles and ideas of the old masters like Ghalib and Meer. His interests, however, also include Urdu short stories (afsaane) as well as literary criticism. He is widely published in Urdu magazines in India as well as Pakistan. Sarwar has written nine books on various subjects. The titles of his three collections of ghazals are: Shehr-e-Nigaar, Rang-e-Gulnaar and Durr-e-Shehwaar. He has also written Teesraa Haath: A collection of Urdu short stories: 2001 and Baaqiyaat-e-Raz: A book on a critical study of the poetry of his father and mentor “Raz” Chandpuri. Address: 1220, Indian Run Drive, # 116, Carrollton, TX 75010, USA. Phone No. (972) 492-9689. Best couplets

1. kabhee tuj` peh meree nigaah hai kabhee Khud se mujh ko Khitaab hai

koyee yeh bataaye hai raaz kyaa, yahaan kaun zer-e-niqaab hai?

2. dil ko yoon behlaa rakkhaa hai….. dard kaa naam dawaa rakkhaa hai

3. mujhe zeest ne diyaa kyaa, yehee fikr-o-dard-o-Hirmaan

milaa gar koyee Silah to, faqat ek yaad-e-yaaraan

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Sarwat Zaidi with Dilip Kumar

Sarwat Zaidi: Sarwat Zaidi was bon in Bhopal in 1954 and studied up to BA LLB. For the last many years, Sarwat has been living abroad and has travelled to as far as Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Syria, Bahrain etc. He is a descendant Sadat of Sarangpur (Malwa),

who have been famous for literature and culture. Sarwat Zaidi’f first collection of poetry “Pehle ki Tarah Log” was publicshed in 2002 and reprinted in 2008, which was widely acclaimed by litterateurs including Dr Bashir Badr and the late Raza Rampuri . On the occasion of his daughter’s marriage on May 1, 2010, Sarwat Zaidi released two of his new boos”Bandagi ke baad bhi” and “Rahnumai ke liye”. He is also an associate member of Mumbai Film Writers Association.

Sarwat Zaidi with Muslim Saleem May 18, 2010

Meeting with Muslim Saleem: I came to know of him though a report about the release of his books in a newspaper. I made contact with him over cell phone and invited him to my residence. I was amazed when Iistened to his couplets since they carried a new whiff of air in Urdu poetry. I also found him endearing and amiable. Some coupletes.

1. Pehle ki tarah log to ab khwab huey hain

khwabon mein bhi aate naheen pehle ki tarah log

2Maana udaasiyon ka safar khatm ho gaya

khushiyon ki raah mein abhi meelon ki jang hai

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Sayama Rifat: Born December 28, 1966.. Literary articles. Address- 47, B-Tolwali Masjid, Budhwara, Bhopal. Mobile No 09451307213

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Sajid Premi: Born May 12, 1963. Ghazal. Book Aksa, Roshani Kahan Hain. Address- 42, Ginnori Road, Bhopal. Mobile No 9827668227

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Sajid Rizvi: Born August 30, 1956. Poetry. Address- 13, Firdous Manzil, Behind Mohammadi Masjid, Budhwara, Bhopal Mobile No- 9425006312. (Note: Sajid works for Doordarshan Bhopal. He gave Muslim Saleem man programme including interview with Akhtar Saeed Khan)

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Saleem Tanha: July 14, 1963: Ghazal, Journalism, Bachchon Ka Adab. Kya Hoga, Jis Jagah Main Khada Hoon, sman Se Dekhoonga, Sochti Hai Kavita Vagairah; Address- A-231, Ashoka Garden, Bhopal. Mobile No- 9893303167

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Seema Naz: Born December 28, 1969. Ghazal. Address- 44, Noor Mahal Road, Bhopal. Pone No- 0755-2749200

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Shafaq Tanveer: Born February 4, 1939: Ghazal, Nazm. Books; Sooraj Kandhon Par Liye, Sheeshon Ke Darmiyan. Jugnuon Ke Hamsafar, Ikkisveen Sadi Ke Sooraj Se. Address- 2, King Abode Lake View Colony, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2549230

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Shaheed Aslam Khalidi: May 8, 1967. Ghazal. Address- Shariq House, 12, Atta Shuja Khan, Itwara, Bhopal. Mobile No- 9826319474.

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Shahid Meer (Prof): February 10, 1949. Ghazal, Dohe Books; Mausam Zard Gulabon Ka, Sazeena, Dohe Rajasthan Ke, Ai Samander Kabhi Utar Mujh Mein. Address- AB-54, NRI Colony Road, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Phone 0755-4236328. Mobile 09893022555

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Shahid Sagri: Born January 1, 1948. Poetry. Books; Akse Kahkashan, Sadion Ka Karb, Aksa Dar Aksa, Dayare Fikr, Shareeke Fikr. Address- 13/2, Arif Nagar. Mobile No 982774465

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Shareef Ansari Shareef: July 5, 1952. Poetry. Address- MIG 1, Near Teela Jamalpura Police Station, Jamalpura Shopping Center, Bhopal. Mobile 9329222372

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Shigufta Farhat: Based at Karachi, Pakistan, Shigufta Farhat has compiled a book titled “Tazkira Shakhseeyat-e-Bhopal”, which is going to be published soon. She also chairperson of ‘Muhibban-e-Bhopal Forum’. (Info based on a report published in Nadeem on July 1, 2010)

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Sultana Hijab: February 1, 1970. Ghazal, journalism. Address- 18, Peer Abbas Street, Raitghat, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9301084089

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Sayyad Abrar Ahmad Naghmi: Sayyad Abrar Ahmad Naghmi: He was born on November 2, 1940 at Bareli in Raisen district. He studied till MA (Political Science). Got retired as head master and resides near Masjid Mohammadi, Raisen-464551. He is the patron of Bazm-e-Adab-e-Urdu and was a good footballer in his youth days. Mobile No. 9424433844. Phone No. 07482-222237. Has published three books 1. Ijaz-e-Sukhan, Mataa’e Qalam 3. Gunbad-e-Khizra. Has been bestowed with 12 awards. Best couplets:

Zindagi hai ki tafseer quran ki……har amal baasafaa, mustafaa, mustafaa

Hairat hai qatl-o-khoon ka ilzaam jis ke sar hai…

wo shakhs paarsa hai, wo shakhs mo’tabar hai

nikhat-e-gul laai ho jaise sabaa achchha laga…ek arse baad uska khat mila achchha laga

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Syed Adil Akhtar: May 9, 1951. Articles. Books; Vaqiya-e-Karbala, Karbala: Ek Yaadgar Inqilab. Address- A-2, Badshaha Apartment, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-4252436

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Syed Akhtar Hasan. Born January 1, 1931. Research, Criticism. Books; Roobaroo, Bhopal Aur Iqbal, Iqbal Ke Karam Farama, Pahala Kadam, Iqbaliyat Dar Iqbaliyat. Address- 7 Karbala Road Near Mansab Manzil, Bhopal. Phone No- 0755-2540811

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Syed Khadim Ali Khadim. Born April 30, 1957. Research and criticism. Address- Railway Quarter No ORE/RB 2/217/B, East Railway Colony, Bhopal. Phone 0755-6451993. Mob 982642185

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Syed Mohammad Ali Shadab: Born 1941. Ghazal. Address- New Auqaf Colony Bagh Farhat Afza, Bhopal. Phone 9893544325

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Syed Sabit Ali (Dr): Born 1937. Writing, articles. Books; Urdu Bal Bharati, Student Essay and Letter, Jughrafiya Bhopal, Aina Bal Bharati. Address- 23, Behind GPO, Bhopal. Phone 0755-2738280

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Surya Prakash Ashthana (Dr): Born October 10, 1969. Ghazal and Essay. Address- House No 31, Street No 1, Chataipura, Budhawara. Phone No. 0755-2736833. Mobile 9826991866

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Tahir Tarash: Born July 15, 1968. Ghazal, geet. Address- MS Complex, Medicine Street, Sajjad Colony, Bhopal. Phone No 9826327756

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Tajuddin Taj: Born December 4, 1944. Ghazal Books; Shahar-e-Ghazal, Harf Ashana. Address- 32- A, Lala Lajapat Rai Colony. Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2705505 Mobile 9827327844

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Tarzi Bhopali. Born 1934. Ghazal. Address- S 3, Apex City Center, Sultania Road, Bhopal. Phone 0755-3258026, 9303117091

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Tauqeer Nasri. Born January 1, 1938. Ghazal, Qataat. Address- 456, Ashok Vihar Colony, Ashoka Garden, Bhopal. Phone No 0755-2739606. Mobile 9301141723

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Tahira Abbasi (Dr): Born July 5, 1961. Research and criticism. Book; Synonym in the Persian Poetry of Iqbal. Address- MZ Tower, Naqqarkhana, Bhopal. Phone 0755-2542455, 9303132836

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Umar Ansari: (Also spelt as Omar Ansari) He is the founder of Iqbal Library. As a teenager, Umar Ansari had founded the library in a dingy, small room at Ibrahimpura, Bhopal, in 1932. Now, the library has been shifted to Iqbal Maidan in a large hall and is well-equipped. It has 45,000 books and subscribes to 80 magazines. Umar Ansari still heads the library as its chairman. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on September 9, 2010)

Younus Farhat (Dr): Born May 26, 1941. Ghazal and Nazm. Books; Wijdan, Shikast-e-Khwab, Chirag-e-Arzoo. Address- 34, Motia Mahal, GPO Noor Mahal. Phone No 0755-6452238. Mobile: 9893477378.

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Yunus Makhmoor: He was born on July 17, 1943 at Shahjehanabad, Bhopal as Mohammad Yunus Khan Yusuf Zai. He retired as teacher in 2005. At present, Yunus resides at Khawas Pura near Mohammadi Masji, Shahjehanabad, Bhopal. Mobile No. 9329480379. Has been bestowed many awards. Three collections of his poems have been published 1. Shah-e-Ghazal 2. Mera Bhopal 3. while Naya Bharat is under publication. He is founder and editor of tri-monthly “Adabi Kiran” and founder of Writers’ Welfare Society. Favourite couplets

Mustaqbil mein ye bhi hoga ……. Insaanon pe roenge patthar Bhook se bachche bilken lekin…..doodh se zalim dhoenge patthar

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Wafa Siddiqui: Born January 20, 1936. Ghazal and Nazm. Books; Tar-e-Pairhan, Naqsh-e-Wafa, Sare Jahan Se Achha. Address: Near Bhopal Talkies, Bhopal. Phone No. 0755-2738589 (His photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

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Zafar Naseemi: The veteran poet is a retired audit officer. He has been awarded by Urdu Academy in 2010. Books 1. Patthar ki Lakeer 2. Tuk Tuk Deedam. Residence: 55, Near Post Office, Bazaar Shahjehanabad, Bhopal-462001. email. zafarnaseemi@yahoo.com. As a poet, Zafar Naseemi has studied country’s conditions, prevailing situation, society and surroundings and gave vent about them in the form of poetry. Representative couplet:

Chamakne do zara seemab ke qatre jabeenon par badi mushkil se aati hai chamak in aabgeenon par

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Zafar Sahbai: Born in Bhopal on June 14, 1946. Recidence 165, 10/c Street No. 12, Arif Nagar, Bhopal. Books: 1. Dhoop ke phool (awarded by MP Urdu Akademi’s Ghalib Award), 2. Chaak Chaak Roshni 3. Lafzon ke parinde (Awarded by UP Urdu Academy). 4. Aatish zer paa. Has won several awards, written features on radio and TV and published articles in periodicals. Has worked as an Urdu journalist as well. Was nominated on many committees of Urdu Akademi. Participates in indo-Pak mushayaras. Best couplets

1. Hamaare ehd mein jo shakhsiyat hai dohri hai

kisi ko dhoondho kisi ka pata nikalta hai

2. afwah khabar ban ke udi aag ki surat

unwaan fasaadaat ka akhbar se nikla

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Zahoor Ambar Qureshi: November 28, 1937.Books; Awara Khushboo. Address- 49, Street Huma Traders, Thana Shahjahanabad. Phone No 0755-2748189 (His photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

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Zameeruddin (Prof) Born February 4, 1937. Books; Chalate Firate, In Stride. Address- 4, Professors Colony. Phone No 9893682826

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Zauqi Bhopali: Born January 13, 1935. Ghazal. Books; Intikhab-e-Zauqi, Zauqiyat-e- Zauqi, Tahreek-e-Rabbani. Address- 16, Talaiya Chowki, Chhuttu Lalwali Gali. Mobile No 9826087890

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DOWN MEMORY LANE

Abdul Mateen Niaz: Died 2008: Was a prolific poet. He lived in celibacy and penury throughout his life. Even then he was a much-spirited person. He first met me at Allahabad in 1978 and after I shifted to Bhopal, I sometimes met him and enquired about his well-being. He published several collections of his poetry including Dasht-e-Ma’ani, Harf-o-Sada, Naghma-e-Sha’ur and Peetal ka Aasman. In my opinion Niaz deserved a major award, which eluded him because awards are not given on merit but recommendations. His best couplets include:

1. Na Mere paas hai maazi, na haal-o-mustaqbil….jo naqsh main ne banaya bigad gaya mujh se

2. Jo din tulu’u bhi hoga to is qayamt se……udasiyan mere mahaul mein saja de ga

3. Saja raha hai naye aasmaN wo mere liye…..idhar ye haal hai mera ke par-shikasta hoon

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Dr. Abu Mohammad Sahar: (1928-2002) Was a critic, linguist and poet. Due to filthy politics of literary circles, he had confined himself to his house in Bhopal. But even then, he was a literary giant, who is revered all over the Urdu world. He showed to people it is the real work that takes one to dizzy heights and not sycophancy and thriving on the strength of recommendations and groupism. His books Urdu mein Qaseeda Nigari and Urdu mein Qaseede ka irtiqa are taught in MA Urdu courses in many universities. (Picture courtesy Kausar Siddiqui)

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Akhtar Saeed Khan: Born on October 12, 1923, he pursued education of law from Aligarh Muslim University. During independence struggle, he came into contact with Progressive Writers Association and became its president later. Wrote three books including translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s poems. He was honoured with many awards included All-India Allama Iqbal Award. He possessed a charming personality. Had command over both speech and writing. (Muslim Saleem had interviewed him on Doordashan. He had presided Yad-e-Basit Mushaira in 1982 in which Muslim Saleem was adjudged first and had heaped full-throttled praises on the poet. Pictures of this Mushaira are available on this web site) Representative couplets.

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Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon Fitrat: He was born in 1772. He was a court poet of Nawab Shahjahan Begaum at Bhopal. He was known generally as Hakeem Shahzad Masih. He was a descendent of Napoleon’s family, who had migrated to India and settled in Bhopal since the times of Nawab Wazir Mohammad Khan. Wazir M Khan’s son Nazar Mohammad Khan had elevated him to the post of Prime Minister. He was a contemporary of Insha and Mushafi. In recent years, his last hair Balthazar Napeleon was in the limelight. He lives at the old ancestral haveli in Bhopal. Seen Standing in this picture.

Best couplet

Jeene do mujhe jaan ka aahang na kart tu

Ai hasrat-e-dil itna bhi ab tang na kar tu

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Barakatullah Bhopali: This great son of Bhopal is known mainly for his role in India’s freedom struggle. But very few know that he was a teacher of Urdu as well. He was born on 7 July 1854 at Itwara locality in Bhopal. He was educated at Bhopal, Bombay and London and He was a meritorious scholar and mastered seven languages: Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish, English, German, and Japanese. He also worked at Liverpool Muslim Institute and then in Japan. Barakatullah Bhopali died in San Francisco on September 20, 1927. His was buried in Sacramento City Cemetery, California in The United States. With a view to perpetuatin the name of a learned scholar and the revolutionary son of the soil amongst the youth of future generations, Bhopal University was rechristened as Barkatullah University in 1988. (See details on wikipedia)

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Basit Bhopali: His full name was Mohammad Abdul Basit. He was born at Bhopal in 1907. His father Babu Abdul Qadeer was a lawyer. He got his early education in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at home and then did matriculation from Shaharyar High School, Sehore near Bhopal. Later, he imbibed education at Normal School, Bhopal, were training for agriculture, horticulture, scouting etc was imparted. He had inherited quite a wealth from his father since he was the lone surviving inheritor but lost his wealth due to the company of sycophants. Though Basit was a teetotaler, he had a fad for hunting, kite flying, pigeon flying and photography. In his last days, he faced a lot of financial problems. However, his appointment as the editor of Bhopal Municipal Board’s monthly magazine “Nagrik” gave him the much-needed support. He continue to edit the magazine till his death. Basit Bhopali was a poet of ghazal primarily though he wrote other forms of poetry as well. He started penning poetry around 1923 at the young age of 16. This was a turbulent period when freedom struggle and communist movement on one hand and on the other hand repressive tactics of the Bhopal State were in full swing. But Basit neither involves himself in any of the movements nor tried to seek favours from the Nawabs and kept penning ghazals in his own style. Unlike his rival Sheri Bhopali, he did not visit other cities to attend Mushairas. Basit also did not send his works to be published in magazines. Even then, he was a poet of big stature and the Urdu litterateurs coming to Bhopal like Niaz Fatehpuri, Syed Ehtisham Hussain, Prof. Ale Ahmad Suroor were impressed by him. The collection of his poetry has been named as “Karwaan-e-Sukhan”. Best couplets:

Sari duniya aaina Basit……………Jaisi nigaahen, waise nazare

Abhi aadaab-e-nazar aap ko kam aate hain

Aaina haath se rakh deejiye ham aate hain

Basit Bhopali also wrote ‘rubaa’is” with aplomb. Here is a specimen:

Saadiq hai har eik zarre pe heere ki misaal

Talab ka paani hai ke chandi sayyal

Aaina-e-firdaus jise kehte hain

Ai dost haqeeqat mein wuhi hai Bhopal.

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Bhupendra Nath Kaushik Fikr: July 7, 1924—October 27, 2007. Was a Hindi and Urdu language poet, writer and satirist. He was born in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh. He completed basic study in Ambala Cantt Haryana. After that he settled in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and completed an M.A. in English. He was an employee of BSNL. After pursuing writing along with his service for some time, he became well known as an Urdu storywriter. But when he was settled in Jabalpur, he did write poetry in Hindi. He won the “Sahitya Maneeshi alankaran” in 2005 for his satire, “Koltar Main Aks”.

Fazil Ansari (Burhanpur): Died July 20, 1900. He had lineage with Imam Bakhsh Nasikh. His poetry was impacted by Lucknow school. He died in abject penury. Representative couplet:

Insaan seedhi raah pe chalta zaroor hai….lekin kabhi ye raah badalta zaroor hai.

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Fazal Tabish: Born August 15, 1933. Died 1996. He talks, handsome and sported long hair. He wrote poetry but was remembered more for his drama and connectivity with higher echelons of literary as well as film and drama world. Had been Secretary to Urdu Academy for quite sometime. Representative couplet.

Ham ka paani sar se uncha chaahiya……tairne waalon ko jaisa chahiye

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan: He was the editor of Urdu daily Aftab-e-Jadeed from Bhopal. Ghazanfar Ali Khan was the son of Safdar Ali Khan, who held an prestigious post in the government of Nawab Hameedullah Khan. A BSc from Aligarh, he first joined Public Works Department. Later, he ran his own business, which suffered heavy losses. After that, he became a lecturer in Saifia College, Bhopal. He also edited fortnightly “Nishan-e-Manzil” from 1949 till his death in 1990. His brother Ahmad Ali Khan was the editor of Dawn, Karachi. Ghazanfar Ali Khan was indeed a great man. He possessed pleasing manners. Used to crack jokes now and then despite his old age. I (Muslim Saleem) saw this versatile genius from close quarters during my stint with Aftab-e-Jadeed. He was a complete human being and never hesitated to help needy people out. I pay special tribute to Ghazanfar Ali Khan on behalf of Khojkhabarnews.com. (In the picture Ahmad Ali Khan, brother of Ghazanfar Ali Khan, the then editor of Dawn, Karachi is seen sitting left to Ghazanfar Ali Khan in Bhopal in 1982)

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Goya Qureshi (Ujjain): Born 1901 Died 1978. His works included Khum Khana, Naqsh-e-Huwaida and Tumhe Yaad ho ki na Yaad ho. Was a big name of traditional ghazal in Madhya Pradesh.

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Hamid Saeed Khan: Born 1857 Died February 27, 1960. He is regarded as a link between old and new schools of Ghazal. His collection of poems is titled “Kalaam-e-Hamid”. He was father to Akhtar Saeed Khan. Representative couplet.

Laakh bebas hoon magar jab zid pe aa jaata hoon main

Aalam-e-baatil ke har toofan se takraata hoon main

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Hakeem Syed Qamrul Hasan: He was a prolific journalist and founder of daily Nadeem Urdu. The newspaper continues to be published though it has lost much of its sheen.

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Ishtiaque Arif: He was born on November 10, 1922 at Qasba Haswa, District Fatehapur in Uttar Pradesh and started his career as a journalist in 1943 in Urdu daily Khilafat published from Mumbai. In his 45 years of journalistic career he was also editor of Roznama Nadeem from 1948 to 1950 and Roznama Afkar for 25 years. Besides, he was editor of “Qaid” published from Lucknow (1960) and he was founder editor of Urdu daily Aftab-e-Jadeed of the Bhaskar group (1978). He was recipient of number of awards. Arif died in 2009.

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Jan Nisar Akhtar: His real name was Jan Nisar Hussain Rizvi. He was born at Gwalior on February 8, 1914 and died at Mumbai, where he had settled, on August 18, 1976. He is a big name in romantic, progressive as well as classical Urdu poetry. In his film lyrics also, he maintained a touch of literature. His notable poetry works include, Nazr-e-Butaan, Salaasil, Javidaan, Pichali Pehar, Ghar Angan and “Khaak-e-dil” (The Ashes of Heart”), a poetry collection for which he was awarded the 1976 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu by Sahitya Akademi, (See details on wikipedia.org)

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Kaif Bhopali: Was born in Bhopal on February 20, 1917. Kaif Bhopali was extremely intelligent. In his earlier days, he had translated 13 chapters of the holy Quran in poetic form. Later, he moved to Mumbai and started writing film songs, specially in the films made by Kamal Amrohi. He was an instant hit at every mushayara he attended. Best couplets:

1. Teraa chehra kitna suhaana lagtaa hai….tere aage chand purana lagta hai

2. Kamsini key aalam mein jin ko chhod aaya thaa

Ab to un darakhton ke phal bhi pak gaye hongey

3. Kaun aaye ga yahaan, koi na aaya hogaa

Mera darwazaa hawaon ney hilayaa hoga

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Kaleem Sironji: Real name: Wali Ullah was son of Hafiz Ameer Ullah. Penned poetry. Born at Sironj on 8 Rabiul Awwal 1340 Hijri (1923) and died on May 4, 2000. Books: Waraq Waraq 1984, Ishaad Awwal, Lafz Lafz 1989, Nigaaristane Taarikh 1997 Intekhabul Furqaan. Further information about Kaleem Sinronji can be obtained from his son Zabi Ullah, who lives at HN 251, Murli Nagar, Berasia Road, Karond, Bhopal. Cell-09926884450

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Dr Kailash Guru Swami: Born on May, 3 1948. Died 2010. Books: Tanha Safar, Parwaaz-e-Ghazal, Dard Ki Khushboo. Swami worked extensively on Urdu ghazal and uruz (metres). He used to reside at Hanuman Mandir Parisar, North TT Nagar, Bhopal and had phone No. 0755-2711956, 2710955.

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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.

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Khaleeq Burhanpuri: Born in 1906. Composed first ghazal in 1928. He was linked to Ustad Nashikh. His disciples include Mahmood Durrani, Shafeeq Raz and Qaisar Ansari. His ghazal was an amalgam of old and new schools. Khaleeq died on April 6, 1987. Best couplet;

Kitna hasratnaak hai apni wafaaon ka ma’al

Mit gaye ham aur kis aitbaar aata naheen

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Khateeb Gulshanabadi (Allama) Jaora: Born in 1915 in Jaora and studied at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He had full command over poetic metres (uruz). He had started composing poetry since early adulthood. He published four collections of his poetry. Best couplet;

Rukh par jo unkey gesoo-e-mushki machal gaye

Tareeki-e-hayat key kas bal nikal gaye

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Khalid Saleem: Born in 1947 at Aligarh. Died on July 23, 2010. Education: Course in modern electronics and electrical engineering from Denmark. Gets his ghazals published in periodicals and magazines. Appears occasionally on radio and TV. Takes part in Mushayaras. Address: 4/2, Anukur Complex Phase-I, Bus Stop No. 6, Bhopal 462016. Mobile No. 9826925932 Best couplet:Ahad hai tu, akelon se hi teri dosti hogi

mera bhi kaun hai duiya main ek tere siwa allah.

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Dr. Kishwar Sultan: She was a professor In Department of Urdu, Govt Girls Post-Graduate College Indore. She did thesis on Jan Nisar Akhtar, which was published with the title ‘Jan Nisar Akhtar – Fau aur Hayat’. Dr Kishwar Sultan, who was wife of famous Urdu writer Dr Mukhatar Shamim died of cancer in 1997. The book was first published in 1977 by Naseem Book Depot, Lucknow and in 2008 by Dr Mukhtar Shamim from his address 10, Queens Home, Ahmedabad Palace Road, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal, 462001. Dr Kishwar Sultan was awarded doctorate on this thesis by the Jabalpur University. She was given away Amir Khusro award in 1981 jointly by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akadei and Sahitya Parishad. Here is one of her rare photographs in which she is seen sitting with Dr. Qamar Raees, Kausar Chandpuri, Khwaja Ahmad Abbad and Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

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Mahmood-ul-Hussaini: Brought out famous Al Hamra Urdu daily from Bhopal and continued in the same vein till his death. After him, his successors failed to maintain it and the newspaper shut down.

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Maqsood Irfan: Used to write ghazals on in the style of Josh Maleehabadi. Best couplets

Nai ada se mila ab ke fasl-e-gul ka payam … dar-e-qafas pe likha ja raha hai mera naam

sar balandi ke liye daal sitaron pe kamand

sar garaan ho ke tu zarraat ki tauheen na kar

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M Irfan: He belonged to those French families that had settled in Bhopal and embraced Islam during the Nawabi era. M Irfan was basically a photojournalist and contributed to Urdu literature also. He passed his matric exam from Aligarh Muslim University in 1927 and did his graduation from Christian College, Lucknow. Later in 1932, he passed examinations of New York Institute of Photography and Motion Pictures. He worked “Subh-e-Watan”, Manzil and Naya Bhopal newspapers. His work on Maulana Barkutallah Bhopali is remarkable. (See: Article on M Irfan in the poetry section of Khojkhabarnews.com)

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Mohammad Ali Taj: He belonged to that breed of progressive poets, whose poetry revolved around public grievances and human emotions. His first collection of poems was “Khema-e-gul” followed by “Suraj-numa”. In his poetry, he gave the clarion call to overthrow the old system and welcomed the new one. He wrote songs in two films. Taj died on April 12, 1978. (Picture courtesy Kausar Siddiqui) best couplet;

Parwaaz karte rahiyey jahaan tak udaan hai

Ghalib ka fan hamaarey liye aasmaan hai

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Mashooq Ali Khan ‘Jauhar’: Was born in 1852. He was a prolific writer and used to compose poetry day in and day out. He had a long list of disciples. It is said he used to compose even one hundred couples in just one sitting. Best couplet

Maikaday mein Saghar-o-meena se mehmaani hui

Shaikh ki rindon mein aakar aabroo paani hui yt

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Maulana Abbas Rif’at Sherwani: Was born on May 30, 1826. He used to compose poetry in Urdu, Persian and Arabic. He consulted Ghalib on his Persian poetry. He was given the title of Abul Fazl-e-Dauraan (Abul Fazal of present times) from the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar. It is said once he got so enraged that he dumped his entire Urdu writings in the Upper Lake of Bhopal. Only a 40-couplet Qaseeda of him is found in which he had sung paeans to Nawab Faujdar Mohammad Khan. Couplet

Kya ajab, shor-e-karam se tere gar hashr talak

Goonjta his rahey ye gumbad-e-gardoon-e-falak

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Mohsin Bhopali: He was born at Hoshangabad in 1932 and spent his early days. Migrated to Pakistan. He passed away in Karachi in January 2007. A disciple of Saba Mathravi and Seemab Akbarabadi, Mohsin was a poet who experimented with several genres including Haiku and Nazmany. One of his couplets is nearly zarb-ul-misl and oft-quoted.

nairangii-e-siaasat-e-dauraan to dekhiye

manzil unhen milii jo shareek-e-safar na the

(Behold the tricks of modern-day politics; those who were not part of the caravan reached the destination)

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Mulla Ramoozi: He was the best Urdu satirist of Bhopal. Mulla Ramoozi was the inventor of “Gulabi Urdu”, which was a form of broken language general used at that time in the Urdu translation of religious scriptures. But later he switched to chaste Urdu. Mulla Ramoozi was published throughout undivided India and was held in high esteem by his contemporary writers and critics. The Madhya Pradesh government has constructed a spacious building, which is known as Mulla Ramoozi Sanskriti Bhavan and houses the offices of MP Urdu Akademi, Allama Iqbal Adabi Markaz, Hindi Sahitya Academi etc. Mulla Ramoozi also wrote poetry and had published Deewan-e-Mulla Ramoozi. Mulla Ramoozi’s real name was Mohammad Siddiqui. He was born on May 21, 1896 and died on January 11, 1952 at Bhopal. He has 25 books to his credit while a similar number of books are yet to be published. Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akademi has published a special issue on Mulla Ramoozi in its trimonthly magazine ‘Tamseel”, which can be obtained from the office of MP Urdu Akademi, Mulla Ramoozi Sanskriti Bhavan, Ban Ganga, Bhopal (MP).

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Pannalal Shrivastava (Jabalpur): He was one among non-muslim poets of Jabalpur including Premchand Shrivastava Mazhar, Prof Mahadev Prasad Verma etc. Best couplet:

Jiskaa koi na ho khuda hoga………jiskaa wo bhi na ho to kya hoga.

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Quddus Sehbai: He was born at Bhopal in 1910. Quddus Sehbai belonged to a family of warriors. His father Abdul Qayyum Khan was a Risaldar in the British army. He passed matric from Aligarh and did his BA and MA from Bombay. After his father’s death, Quddus also joined Army when forced by the family. But he deserted the army since he was against the British rule and joined freedom movement. Meanwhile, he eked out his livelihood by working with newspapers and periodicals. He worked for many newspapers and periodical in various cities including Subh-e-Watan Sani (Bhopal-1936), week Riyasat (1939), Madina (Bijnor), Hind (Calcutta), Musalman (Delhi), Nizam (Bombay) and Istiqlal (Quetta). In 1951 he settled in Pakistan and worked for English dailies including Dawn, Khaibar Mail, Morning News, Civil and Military Gazette and Statesman. He died in Karachi in 1985.

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Raza Rampuri: Born on September 17, 1932 died in 2010. Was a good poet and used to recite in tarannum. He was a prolific writer. Due to some circumstances, he used to sell his ghazal to other poets, who cashed in on them. Raza Rampuri was a son of great tabla maestro Ahmad Jan Thirakwa. His contribution as an Urdu journalist is also worthwhile. I think Urdu organisations should strive to publish his Kalam.

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Sajid Sajni: He was born in Lucknow in 1922 and settled in Bhopal in 1946. Sajid Sajni revived the poetry form Rekhti, which had died in the middle of 19th century and refined it. He gave it a healthy direction apart from his sharp wit, satire and humour. While Classical Urdu ghazal was called ‘Rekhta’, the poetry written in woman’s voice by men was termed as ‘Rekhti’. In the late 18th and early 19th century, in a deadent sultanate of Oudh, poetry in woman’s voice was penned by poets as a form of protest. It was promptly dubbed Rekhti (opposed to Rekhta). Sa’adat Yaar Khan Rangin is credited as its creator. Though Insha, Jurat and Jan Sahib were other exponents.

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Salim Hamid Rizvi: He was one of the doyens of Urdu world of Madhya Pradesh. His books include his famous work “Urdu adab ki taraqqi main Bhopal ka hissa”, which was the subject of his PhD thesis and was printed at the insistence of Nawab of Bhopal. This book is available in almost all the libraries of India and Pakistan. He remained the head of Hamidia College, Bhopal’s Urdu Department for a long time. His able son Mr Alim Hamid Rizvi is working with King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in Dahran, Saudi Arabia. (Salim Hamid Rivzi’s picture has been reworked by Abdul Ahad Farhan)

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Shadaan Indori: Born on February 26, 1912. Died on November 10, 1971. His poetic link went up to Mushafi through Ustad Ghareeq Khairabadi, Ameer Meenai and Aseer Lakhnawi. He joined medical department as Hakeem. Collection of his poetry “Aaina dar Aaina” was published after his death. Best couplet;

Jahan-jahan chaman-e-aarzoo mahakta hai

paseena detaa hai khushboo, lahoo mahakta hair

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Shahjahan Begum Tajwar: Born on July 30, 1837 and took over reins of Bhopal State in 1868. during her rule, Bhopal emerged as a centre of arts and literature. First she wrote poetry under the pseudonym Shireen and later adopted Tajwar as takhallus. Taj-ul-Kalam is the title of her collection of poetry. She died on June 15, 1901. She did remarkable works for women’s empowerment and literacy. Best couplet:

Ilaahi tu be misl-o-maanind hai………………Pidar hai kisi ka, na farzand hai

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Shakila Bano Bhopali: Died in Mumbai on December 16, 2002 at 59. Though a great qawwali exponent, Shakila Bano Bhopali was a poetess in her own right. Bhopal has been known to the rest of India and world for three counts. The most recent being the infamous gas tragedy in 1984, after which Bhopal came on the world map. Before it, the Indian people knew Bhopal as the city of lakes and city of Shakila Bano Bhopali. Though literary circles, which can be counted on fingers, knew Bhopal for city where Allama Iqbal had stayed briefly and where Nuskha-e-Arshi of Ghalib was discovered. She died almost in penury. Out-of-work for years, her long hospitalisation rendered her bankrupt. Born into a middle-class, orthodox family in Bhopal, Bano was spotted by B R Chopra and Dilip Kumar during the shooting of Naya Daur near Bhopal. She sang many a popular number for films, including Milte hi nazar tumse hum hogaye deewane (Ustaadon Ke Ustaad), She had memorised hundreds of ghazals and would quote them copiously.

A romantic poet in her own right, Bano had a collection Ek Ghazal Aur to her credit.

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Shambhu Dayal Sukhan: He was more adapt in Hajwa (derogatory poetry) than ghazal and therefore called Sauda of Bhopal. he was a disciple of Bhopal’s veteran poet

Shaheed Tonki. Best couplet

Saaqi ki chashm-e-mast ghazab hai shabaab mein

Saghar mein hai sharaab ki Saghar sharaab mein

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Shakeel Gwaliori (Lashkar): Besides poetry, his name is also connected with music and fine art. Best couplet:

Nazar uthaa ke jo dekhaa unhen salaam ke baad

Nashe mein doob chuke they wo ek jaam ke baad.

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Sheri Bhopali: Born in 1914. He attained national fame when his ghazal and particularly the couplet: Hamein to shaam-e-gham mein kaatni hai zindagi apni…..jahaan wo hain waheen ai chaand le jaa Chandni apni” became an instant hit after being included in a Bollywood feature film. Another of his ghazal was included in the old film Jugnu which is as follows;

Agar kuchh this to bas ye thee tamannaa akhiri apnee

Ke wo saahil pe hotey aur kashti doobti apnee

His collection of poems was released in 1964 and reprinted in 2004. Sheri Bhopali died in 1991. (I was fortunate enough to have seen him and read ghazals along with him at many sittings) Another couplet.

Unsey hamein kucch kaam naheen hai………….dil ko magar aaraam naheen hai

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Shafiqa Farhat (Doctor): Born on August 26, 1931. Known affectionately as Shafiqa Aapa, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2008. The 76-year-old author had a long literary career, spanning over half-a-century. She hadn’t married. Her father, who was a police officer in British India, was a strict man. After shifting from Nagpur to Bhopal in 1950s, she became an intrinsic part of the literary circles of the city. She was Head of Department of Urdu in MLB College. A prolific writer, she has many books to her name. She had finished her novel on Bhopal Gas Tragedy passed away before function of the book release. She was buried in Bada Bagh graveyard in Bhopal. She was the most talented Urdu short story writer among women of Madhya Pradesh. Muslim Saleem had the honour of reading out his short stories along with her at some sittings. Books: Lo Aaj Ham Bhi, Wrong Number, Gol Maal, Chun Chun Begum. Tedha Qalam, Chehre Jaane Anjaane, Neem Chadhe, Bachchon Ke Nazeer Akbrabadi, Nai Deewar-e-Cheen, Saat Samandar paar, Pathhar Gali ki Kaali Kajli Seep and others. (Picture of Shfiqa Farhat with Muslim Saleem available on this web site)

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Shifa Gwaliori: He was contemporary of Dagh, Ameeer Meenai, Riaz Khairabadi. Collections of poetry: Ayaat-e-Shifa, Nabz-e-Hayaat, Zakh-e-Gul. Best couplets:

Zulmaton mein raha zoo-paash tasawwur unka

ham shab-e-hijr kai baar sahar se guzre

Chheen lete hain hain nigaahen dekhne walon ki woh

dekh kar unko bhala phir kisko dekha jaae hai

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Siraj Meer Khan Sahar : Namoona-e-kalam

سراج میرخاں – سحر بھوپالی

‘انا الحق کے عوض لب سے اناالمحبوب جاری ہو

چڑھایئں دار پر مجھکو اگر منصور کے بدلے

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پڑا جس بت کا عکس اس میں، نظر آیا خدا ہوکر

رہا پہلو میں دل آیئنہ ٔوحدت نما ہوکر

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یوں ان کے در پہ جھگڑا ہر آن ہی رہے گا

‘ہم ہی رہیں گے ‘یا ،اب دربان ہی رہے گا

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کہتے ہیں وہ عدو سے مجھکو سنا سنا کے

دل میں کسی کے میراارمان ہی رہے گا

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کیا جانے کس کویاد ہے اس ناتواں کی آج’

مشکل ہوا ہے توڑنا ہچکی کے تار کا

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قفس میرا بچاکر رکھ ہوا کے رخ سے، اے گلچیں

پھڑک کر جان دے دوں گا ، اگر بوۓ چمن آئ

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جلوے نے ترے دھوم مچا دی ہے جہاں میں

اجڑے بازار، مصر کا بازار ہو گۓ

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گونجتے ہیں نالہ ہاۓ قیس کو ہ ودشت میں

اب کدھر لے جاۓ ناقہ، سارباں چکر میں ہے’

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ہوتے ہی جواں ،اے سحر،اک شوخ پہ مر بیٹھے

اللہ تمہیں بخشے، کچھ اور جیۓ ہوتے

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Sultan Kaleem: matter to be collected

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Takhallus Bhopali: (Real name: Abdul Ahad Khan). Takhallus Bhopali is regarded as a doyen of Urdu satire like Mulla Ramoozi in Madhya Pradesh. He was born in 1928 at village Kaliakheri, in Gauharganj tehsil near Bhopal and died at Bhopal on August 9, 1977. Incidentally, his feudal family had no literary background. But Abdul Ahad Khan Takhallus Bhopali rose to become a leading satirist of his time. His satirical journey commenced from week “Bhopal Punch”, which he had started in 1960 and closed it down after three years. His masterpiece works include “Post Mortem”, “Shaitan Jaag Utha”, “Pandan Wali Khala” and “Ghafoor Mian” were first published in “Bhopal Punch”.

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Thomas James Baptist ‘Nafees’: Was born at Bhopal in a French family on December 17, 1867. Though he converted to Islam in 1897 and changed his name as Mohammad Sulaiman, people continued to call him as Thomas James Baptist ‘Nafees’ Achhe Mian. He was brought up in Shahjahan Begum’s palace. He was a contemporary of Amir Meenai and knew Urdu, Persian, Turki, Portuguese, English and French very well. He died on April 3, 1946. best couplec

Ab aise wo kehtey hain mere aaye huey hain

Aghyaar se milney ki qasam khaaye huey hain

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Usman Yamani: Was a poet whose collection of poetry titled “Dhanak” was awarded by the MP Academy. He died at the age of about 75 at Bhopal on February 13, 2011. He used to live in his ancestral house inside Qazi Zain-ul-Abedin Gate.

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Waheed Parwaz: Born: November 1, 1936. (Died……). Ghazal. Book; Kaghaz (His photos with Muslim Saleem are available on this web site)

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(Allama Qazi) Wajdi-ul-Hussaini: He was a very learned person of Madhya Pradesh. Initially, he was associated with communism but later turned back to Islam and became very popular Islamic laureate. He was widely revered. Over one lakh people had participated in his funeral procession, which gives a reflection of his popularity and reverence. The Allama was born on August 7, 1918 at Bhopal. He imbibed early education from Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband and obtained degrees of Munshi Fazil, Fazil and Adeeb Fazil from Punjab University (In undivided India). He was also once a president of MP Writers’ Association. He was also a poet and is known as a litterateur mainly due to his books Subh-e-Tajalli, Hindustan Islam Ke Saaye Mein, Qutab-e-Malwa Bhopal Tehreek-e-Azadi Ke Aaeene Mein, Tareekh Muftian, Tazkira Buzurgan-e-Bhopal, Seerat-un-Nabi and Barkuttalh Bhopli. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on August 16, 2010)

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Wakeel Bhopali: He was born in 1920 in Bhopal and died on August 16, 1994. He had initial education from Madrasa Sulaimania and then did Munshi Fazil from Ahmadia High School. He forayed into every form of Urdu poetry. His first collection of poetry was “Guldasta”. Later, Madhya Pradesh Urdu Akademi published his another collection titled “Shuaa’e-fikr”. He had a large number of disciples in Indian and Pakistan.

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Yar Mohammad Khan ‘Shaukat’: Was born in 1837. His collection of poetry was published in 1873. He was the son of Nawab Faujdar Mohammad Khan. The Nawab had made him a disciple of Ghalib. Best couplet

Ishq mein sar ko jiye baithe hain………..Qasd marney ka kiye baithe hain

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