Maulvi Abdul Haq – Baba-e-Urdu

A legendary figure: Born at Hapur (District Merut, U.P. India) in 1870, Maulvi Abdul Haq, popularly known as Baba-e-Urdu (Father of Urdu) took his B.A. degree from Muslim University Aligarh (U.P. India). For thirteen years he served as a translator at the Home Department before being appointed as the provincial Inspector of Schools (Aurangabad, Deccan). The same year he was elected to the office of Secretary, Department of promotion of Urdu at Delhi All India Muslim Educational Conference. Baba-e-Urdu was the moving spirit behind the Usmania University Hyderabad, Deccan, where…

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About Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan is a renowned contemporary Urdu poet, a Sydney based writer and a well known social and environmental advocate. Saeed’s poetry is a combination of classical and modern Urdu ghazal and poems full of romanticism, social, cultural and environmental themes.Saeed Khan was born in Khanpur Hazara located in Hazara (NWFP) Pakistan on July 19 1966. He is the eldest son of a famous local hero Abdul Bashir Khan , known for winning the land rights for the people of Khanpur Hazara during the 1970’s construction of Khanpur Dam. Saeed…

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Hasrat Jaipuri

  Hasrat Jaipuri’s real name was Iqbal Husain. Till 1939, he lived in hometown Jaipur where he studied English till ‘medium level’ and then acquired his ‘taalim’ in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing verse as late as the age of 20, and around that time, he fell in love with a neighborhood girl called Radha. “Love knows no mazhab or dharam,” he told me. “It is not at all necessary that a Muslim boy must fall in love only with a Muslim girl.…

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Josh Malihabadi – Biography

  Josh Malihabadi was born as Shabbir Hasan Khan on 5th December, 1898 at Malihabad. He did his senior Cambridge from St. Peter’s College, Agra in 1914. In 1918, he spent about six months at Shantiniketan. He studied Arabic and Persian. Due to the death of his father, Bashir Ahmed Khan, in 1916, Josh was unable to avail of a college education. In 1925, Josh started work at the Osmania University, supervising translation work. He was exiled from the state of Hyderabad for writing a nazm against the Nizam. He…

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