Kalim Aajiz
Born1920
DiedFebruary 14, 2015(2015-02-14) (aged 94–95)
Resting placeRajabazar, Samanpur, Patna district, Bihar, India
25°08′01″N 85°06′19″E / 25.13348°N 85.105371°E / 25.13348; 85.105371
Alma materPatna University
OccupationUrdu poet
Known forGhazals
Notable work
Wo Jo Shayri Ka Sabab Huwa, Evolution of Urdu Literature in Bihar
AwardsPadma Shri Award in Literature & Education (1989)

Kalim Aajiz (1920 – 14 February 2015) was an Indian writer of Urdu literature and a poet. An academic educator and chairman of the Urdu Advisory Committee of the Government of Bihar.[1][2][3] He was a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1989.[4]

Early life and career

Kalim Aajiz was born in 1920 at Telhara, Nalanda district, a small village which had been home to an ancient Buddhist monastery in Nalanda district of the Indian state of Bihar. He secured his graduate and master's degrees in Urdu from Patna University after which he obtained his doctoral degree in 1965.[2][5] His doctoral thesis, Evolution of Urdu Literature in Bihar, has since been published as a book.[1]

Aajiz continued his association with Patna University by joining the institution as a member of its Urdu language faculty[6] and retired as a professor of the department.[7] After retirement, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Urdu Advisory Committee, Government of Bihar, a post he held till his death.[2]

Aajiz began writing poems at the age of 17 and started appearing in mushairas from 1949.[1] His first book of ghazals was published in 1976 and the book was released at Vigyan Bhawan by the then President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.[1] This was followed by several publications such as Jub Fasle Baharan Aai Thi (When the spring arrived),[5] Woh Jo Shayri Ka Sabab Hua, Jab Fasl Bahar Aayei Thi and Jahan Khushboo Hi Khusboo Thi.[1] His mushairas have been hosted in many places including Dallas, US.[8]

Publications

Some of his selected collection of poems and ghazals are:

Death and legacy

Aajiz, who had four sons and two daughters, died on 14 February 2015 at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, at the age of 94.[1] After the funeral at Gandhi Maidan, Patna which was attended to by thousands of people,[9] his mortal remains were buried at Telhara, his native place.[1]

Firaq Gorakhpuri, another eminent Urdu poet, sent him a message while lying on his deathbed in 1982, in which he respectfully said that he felt jealous of Kalim Aajiz due to the ease in which Kalim Aajiz could express his thoughts through his verses.[1][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Renowned Urdu poet from Patna Dr. Kalim Ahmed Ajiz is no more". TwoCircles.net website. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Kalim Ajiz passes away". Bihar GK website. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Urdu Ghazals". Ghalib Ayaz. 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Padma Shri Awards List (!954 - 2013) (read under the year 1989)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India website. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Kaleem Ajiz speaks about poetic career". Saudi Gazette. 2 July 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Legendary Urdu poet Dr Kalim Ajiz passes away". Muslim Mirror (newspaper). 16 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Profile of Kalim Ajiz". Urdu Youth Forum (Bihar, India). 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Urdu Mushaira held in Dallas". Geo TV News website. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Thousands bid Final Farewell to Dr. Kalim Ajiz". Patna Daily (newspaper). 17 February 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  10. ^ Nizamuddin Asir Adrawi. Afkar-e-Alam, Volume 1. Shaykhul Hind Academy, Darul Uloom Deoband.