Umrao Jaan poet Shahryar passes away

Feb 14, 2012 18:51 IST

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Noted Urdu poet and Jnanpith awardee Akhlaq Mohammed Khan, who shot to fame for penning Ghazals in Bollywood classics like Umrao Jaan, passed away on Wednesday after a protracted illness. He was 76.

The poet, better known by his pseudonym Shahryar, is survived by his two sons and a daughter.

Khan, who also won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987, was one of the most celebrated writers of Ghazals and Nazm in Urdu language

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Born in Aonla town in Bareilly district on 19 June, 1936, Khan pursued his higher education at Aligarh Muslim University, before obtaining a PhD and joining the university's faculty in 1966.

He retired as chairman of the university's Urdu department in 1996.

Khan drew national fame as a lyricist for the words he penned in films like Gaman, Umrao Jaan and Anjuman.

According to a spokesperson of AMU, the poet will be laid to rest at the University's graveyard on Tuesday afternoon.

PTI

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