The 37th death anniversary of renowned poet Josh Malihabadi is being observed today (Feb 22). Josh, who real name was Shabbir Hasan Khan was born on Dec 5, 1898 in Malihabad in undivided India. In 1914, he passed senior Cambridge exam. Afterward, Josh sahib acquired Arabic and Persian education. He was an Indian citizen until 1958, when he emigrated to Pakistan and became a Pakistani citizen.
Josh Malihabadi popularly known as Shayar-e-Inquilab(poet of revolution) is regarded as one of the finest Urdu poets of the era of British India. He is considered top in the list of Urdu literature who uses thousands of high sounding rich words in his poetry.
He wrote over 100,000 beautiful couplets and more than 1,000 rubaiyat in his lifetime. His autobiography “Yaadon ki Barat” is considered one of the best so far in Urdu as it is written in frank and candid manner. He was awarded several awards including Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour in 1954, Kamal-e-Sukhan Award and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan on 23 March 2013.
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21 May, 2019