Waheed Akhtar

Waheed Akhtar

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  • Name:
  • Waheed Akhtar
  • Born:
  • August 12, 1934
  • Died:
  • December 13, 1996

Waheed Akhtar Biography

Waheed Akhtar was an Urdu poet and writer from Aurangabad, now a part of Maharashtra. He is also known as a critic, orator, and a Muslim scholar and philosopher who lived in the 20th century during the time, 12 August 1934 - 13 December 1996. As a renowned writer, his best works include - Paththaron Ka Mughanni, Shab Ka Razmiyah, Zanjeer ka Naghma, Karbala Ta Karbala, Early Imamiyah Shia Thinkers etc. Many of his poetry works mostly consisted of nazms and ghazals - Patthron Ka Mughanni, Shab Ka Razmiyyah and Zanjir Ka Naghma being the best instances.


Syed Waheed Akhtar was born on 12 August 1934 in Aurangabad, then a part of Deccan in British India. Many critics regard him as a progressive writer and some others as a Modernist. He took Marsia to new heights and gave it new direction in the modern era of Urdu writings.  Apart from Urdu poetry he has authored numerous non-fictional works which include – Prose, translations etc. Khwaja Mir Dard - Tasawwuf aur Shairi published in 1971 and Falsafa aur Adabi Tanqid published the following year are his major prose works. Falsafa aur Adabi Tanqid was a Literary Criticism in Urdu language.


His translation works include - Letter on Aesthetics by Schiller, Four quartets by T. S. Eliot, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Mutual Services of Islam and Iran by Murtada Motahhari. He also served as the editor of an English journal, Al-Tawhid which published articles on Islamic philosophy and culture in the mid-1980s. Karbala Ta Karbala is a collection of Elegies on martyrs of Karbala, published in 1991, and it consists of eight marasi. He passed away on 13 December 1996, aged 62.

Published: February 19, 2019

Updated: February 19, 2019

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