biography of urdu poet basheer badr

Dr. Bashir Badr (Full Name Syed Mohammad Bashir), was born on the February 15th 1935. He did B.A. M.A. and Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University. He worked as a lecturer in the Aligarh Muslim University and later as the lecturer and head of the department of Meerut College, Meerut. He knows Persian, Hindi and English as well. He started writing Shers in his teens. It is said that during his Master’s program he was made to study one of his own book. Bashir Badr has two sons and a daughter. One of his sons Nusrat Badr is a Bollywood writer. The journey of Bashir Badr was not easy. He had to not only face hardship stages during his youth, but  a fire calamity burnt down all his possessions and he had to start all over again. He moved to Bhopal and lives there.

He has seven collections of Ghazals: ‘Ikaai’, ‘Image’, ‘Aamad’, ‘Aahat’, ‘Kulliyat-e-Bashir Badr’, etc. He also has 2 books of literary criticism, ‘Aazadi Ke Baad Urdu Ghazals Ka Tanqidi Mutaala’ and ‘Biswin Sadi Mein Ghazal’. He also brought out a collection of Urdu Ghazals in the Devnagari script, titled ‘Ujjale Apni Yadon ke’. ‘Aas’, the award winning collection of 69 Ghazals is the jewel in the poetic crown of Bashir Badr. The collections of his Ghazals have been published in Gujrati script also. His works have been translated into English and French.

His Ghazals, contain contemporary Urdu, and are therefore easily understood and appreciated by a vast majority of people, without extra effort. His Ghazals are primarily an expression of anguished love and express the mysteries of life.

Bashir Badr has been into various controversies. He is the Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy. Some people criticize him of getting this post by showing great admiration to Atal Bihari Bajpai and B.J.P. He has also been accused of not sincerely managing the affairs of M.P. Urdu Academy. His other controversial statement comparing himself with “Ghalib” and “Meer”, heart many people.


Dr. Bashir Badr was awarded “Padma Shri” in 1999 for contribution towards literature and Sangeet Natak Akademi.

He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection “Aas” in 1999.


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