Aligarh: A doyen of Urdu
poetry and Jnanpith Award winner, Prof. A. M. K. Shahryar passed
away February13 late in the evening. He was 76 and suffering from cancer.
Prof. Shahryar is survived by a daughter and two sons. He will be
laid to rest at the University graveyard on February14, 2012 at
Born in Anwla town of Bareilly district of UP on June 16,
1936,Prof. Sharyar’s father was a police officer. He moved to
Aligarh in 1948 along with his father and passed high school
examination from AMU City High School in1954 and received the
graduation, post graduation and doctorate degrees from AMU.
appointed lecturer in the Urdu department in 1966, Reader in
1983 and Professor in 1987. He also became Chairman of the
department of Urdu and held several honorary posts in the
University like Editor of Urdu literary journal, Fikr-o-Nazar and
Member Incharge of the Public Relations Office of the University.
He retired from University services in 1996.
His first poetic collection was published in 1965 with the
title ‘Ism-e-Azam’. His second book of poetry entitled ‘Satwan Dar’
was published in1969. His fourth collection ‘Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai’
published in 1985 brought him the prestigious Sahitya Academy
Sharyar also penned the songs for superhit movies like Umrao
Jan, Gaman and Fasle, which brought him international fame and
In 1995, his book ‘Neend Ki Kirchein’ was published and
in 1998 his book “MereHisse Ki Zameen’ was published in devnagri.
His last book till date ‘Hasil-e-Sair-e-Jahan’was published in
Prof. Shahryar has received a number of prestigious awards besides
the highest literary award in India, the Jananpith Award,
most prominent of which are Sahitya Academy Award, Bahadur Shah
Zafar Award, Iqbal Samman, Gangadhar Puraskar and UP Urdu Academy
He has also been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award
bestowed by the AMU Alumni Association of UK.