Shahryar Is No More

Legendary Urdu poet and academician Prof Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shaharyar’ died today at his residence in Aligarh. He was suffering from lung cancer and was being treated in J.N. Medical College.

Born in 1936, he is considered as one of the foremost writers of ghazal and nazm. Prof Shahryar has published 10 collections of poems in Urdu. His major published works in Urdu, Hindi and English include ‘Saatwan Dar’, ‘Hijr Ke Mausam’, ‘Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai’, ‘Mere Hisse ki Zamin’, ‘Kahin Kuchh Kam Hai’, ‘The Gateway to Dreams is Closed’ and ‘Selected Poetry of Shahryar’. As lyricist his films include “Gaman”, “Umrao Jaan” and “Anjuman. View complete Biography

Awards and honours conferred on Prof Shahryar include the ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ and ‘Urdu Academy Award’ among many others.

For his distinguished contribution in enriching Indian literature, the 44th ‘Jnanpith Award’ for 2008 was presented to Shahryar at a glittering ceremony organised by the Bharatiya Janpith at the Air Force Auditorium in Delhi on 18th September last year. The award was presented by actor Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of distinguished poets, authors and artists such as Gulzar, who, along with the audience, rose in a standing ovation to felicitate the celebrated poet's achievement.

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