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Josh Malihabadi remembered

February 25, 2024

Islamabad : The 42nd death anniversary of famous Urdu poet and prose writer Josh Malihabadi was observed.

The famous Urdu poet and prose writer Josh Malihabadi. — APP/File
The famous Urdu poet and prose writer Josh Malihabadi. — APP/File

He is remembered as a ‘Poet of Revolution’. His real name was Shabbir Hassan Khan. His father Bashir Ahmad Khan Bashir, grandfather Muhammad Ahmad Khan Ahmad and great grandfather Faqir Muhammad Khan Goya were all well-known poets. Josh Malih Abadi started poetry at an early age. He started his practical life by working in Dar-ul-Tarjuma Usmania (Hyderabad State).

He lost both his job and state citizenship due to a poem against the system of Hyderabad. He came to Delhi and published magazine ‘Kaleem’. Josh Malihabadi also remained associated with All India Radio. He was also the editor of ‘Aaj Kal’, the official magazine of Indian Government. He received Padma Bhushan Award in 1954.After moving to Pakistan in 1955, he started work along with founder of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haque in the preparation of Urdu dictionary.

He was also editor of magazine ‘Urdu Nama’. Josh Malih Abadi also wrote songs for films. The song ‘Ae Watan Hum Hain Teri Shama Ke Parwanon Main, for the film ‘Aag Ka Darya’ became popular. He also wrote columns under the title of ‘Ilm wa Fikr’ in daily Jang.

Josh’s prominent poetry works include ‘Rooh-e-Adab’, ‘Shaer ki Raatain, ‘Naqsh o Nigar’, ‘Shula Aur Shabnam’, ‘Fikr o Nishat’, ‘Janun-O- Hikmat’, ‘Harf o Hikayat’, ‘Ayat o Naghmat’ , ‘Arsh o Farsh’, ‘Ramsh o Rang’, ‘Sumbal o Salasil’, ‘Saif o Sabu’, ‘Sarud o Sarosh’, ‘Samoom o Saba’, ‘Taloo-e- Fikr’, ‘Ilhaam o Ifkaar’, ‘Mohid o Mufakkir, ‘Najoom o Jawahir’, ‘Josh kay 100 Sher’, ‘Paighamber-e-Islam’, ‘Josh Key Marseeay. The famous prose books of Josh Malih Abadi are: ‘Maqalat-e-Zarrin’, ‘Auraq-e-Sahar’, ‘Irshadaat’, ‘Jazbaat-e-Fitrat’, ‘Maqalat-e-Josh’, ‘Mukalmaat-e-Josh’ and ‘Yaadon ki Barat’.