Urdu poets and writers of Aurangabad by Muslim Saleem


Muslim Saleem reciting his ghazals at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

Acknowledgment: We are thankful to famous poet, writer and journalist Mr Muslim Saleem and his websites www.khojkhabarnews.com,  muslimsaleem.wordpress.com, muslimsaleem.blogspot.com 





and the Urdu web directories launched by him for taking matter for this article. 


From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

(The poetry portion of this site is edited by Muslim Saleem, who is poet, writer and journalist of repute. Muslim Saleem’s ash’ar are widely popular due to being connected with grassroots. It was his idea that we created this directory of Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh – Chief Editor, Ataullah Faizan and Editor (Abdul Ahad Farhan) (See Muslim Saleem’s poetry with English and Hindi translations at this web site, muslimsaleem.blogspot.com and muslimsaleem.wordpress.com) Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com mobiles: 9009217456, 9893611323 phone 0755-2730580. Muslim Saleem is an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University and is DCE of Hindustan Times, Bhopal. Related directories: Urdu poets and writers of India and Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh on khojkhabarnews.com’s poetry section)

(Note the list of deceased litterateurs in the end of this directory)


Zindagi ki tarah bikhar jaayen……kyun ham aise jiyen ki mar jaayen

kar di meeras waarison ke sipurd….zindagi kis ke naam mar jaayen

rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha….

doctor neend ki goiyan likh gaya

wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai

haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam





The stalwarts of Aurangabad

Safi Aurangabadi: Though almost entire life of Safi was spent in Hyderabad after migration from Aurangabad at the age of seven, he is known as Aurangbadi and hence I (Muslim Saleem) have included his entry in this directory. Safi Aurangabadi was born on February 12, 1893 at June Bazar locality of Aurangabad as Bahauddin Siddiqui but later changed his name to Behbood Ali Siddiqui. His father Hakeem Mohammad Munir wanted Safi to become a Unani tabeeb but he left the education midway through and joined some service. Safi did several jobs and finally left all the jobs and started to live on the help extended to him by his disciples. He did not marry. Safi Aurangabadi died on March 21, 1954 at Hyderabad. The collection of his poetry titled “Praganda” was published by his disciple Khwaja Shauq in 1965. couplets;

Qayamat aai jab us fitna-qamat ko shabab aaya

Jafa aai, ghurur aaya, ada aai, hijab aaya

Safi ab zamana hai naazuk bahut

Ye hain apne saaye se darnay kay din


Sikandar Ali Wajd (1914-1983) was a talented Urdu poet from Aurangabad, Maharashtra India. He had equal proficiency in composing gazals and poems.

He was born on 22 January 1914, in [vaijapur district [Aurangabad Maharashtra|Aurangabad]]. In 1935, he was selected for Hyderabad Civil Service. Later he was appointed as Munsif Magistrate in Judicial Service. At the time of his retirement, he was a sessions judge. In the year 1972, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha (upper house of parliament) from Maharashtra State.

He was President of the Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu, Maharashtra and was awarded Padma Shri in 1970 for his literary services. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru released Wajd’s third collection “Awarq-e-Mussavar”. Prior to this collection his other poetical works ‘Laho-Tarung’, ‘Aftab-e-Taza’ and ‘Bayaz-e-Maryan’ were published in 1944,1952 and 1974 respectively. He was well versed in Urdu Persian and English. As he was gifted with a melodious voice, wherever he recited his gazals and poems, the audience listened to him in rapt attention. His poems ‘Ajanta’, ‘Ellora’, ‘Taj Mahal’, and ‘Karvan e Zindagi’ are well known.

He died on 16 June 1983 at Aurangabad. The Sikandar Ali Wajd Memorial Trust at Aurangabad is involved in promoting cultural and literary activities in the city, there is also an auditorium near Town Hall built in the memory of the poet. His wife continues to live at Jublee Park,Aurangabad.


Siraj Aurangabadi: He was born at Aurangabad on March 11, 1712 and died in 1763 ad.  He was a mystic by nature. But Siraj was a poet par excellence and is regarded as one of pioneers of modern-day Urdu (See details in ‘Urdu poets and writers of India’ in www.khojkhabarnews.com and ‘India’s poets and writers’ on www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com


Wali Aurangabadi or Dakhni:  Wali Aurangabadi was the most popular poet from South India in Northern India due to simplicity of his language due to which he is regarded as one of pioneers of modern-day Urdu. When Wali visited delhi in 1700 ad, the literary circles there were highly impressed by him. However, Wali’s poetic language also underwent some fine changes after his Delhi visit and he started to use Persian and Arabic words also in his ghazals. (See details in ‘Urdu poets and writers of India’ in www.khojkhabarnews.com and ‘India’s poets and writers’ on www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com


Poets and writers of Aurangabad


 Ashfaque Najmi

(See Urdu poets and writers of Maharashtra on



Aslam Mirza: The Urdu poet and writer was born on October 10, 1944 at Pune (Maharashtra). Got early education in Ahmad Nagar and did post-graduation from Mumbai. He is at present a labour laws consultant at Aurangabad since 1978. Aslam Mirza began his literary journey since 1958. He has also done translations from English and Marathi and has won several awards. His books include 1. Aina Mana Numa (Wali Aurangabadi – baaz haqaaiq), 2. Geele Patton ki Muskan (Poetry), 3. Ham Jazeeron Mein Rahte Hain (Translation), 4. Luknat (Translation), 5. Itr-e-Gul Mehtab, 6. Guldasta-e-Khusbaash, 7. Salaateen Ke Ehd Mein Shaadiyan. Address: 8, First Floor, Salim Complex, Deodi Bazar, Opp Burhani National English School, Aurangabad-431001. Phone (O) 2333490 (R) 2390856 Mobile: 09960053707. email; mamirza_10@yahoo.com.
Recently, magazine Aalmai Adab from Aurgangabad has published a special issue on him.


 Dr Azim Rahi 


Bashar Nawaz

Bashar Nawaz: Socially aware poetry has also been the vanguard of change in the hinterland.Tobacco addiction has been the subject of many poems in the town.It might appear to be a mundane topic but actually is a very pertinent subject.By touching on these topics,the poet immediately finds a direct connect with the audience, says Dr Syed Shujaat Ali from Maharashtras Nanded.Lutfur-Rahman says that the smalltown poet today is inspired by contemporary sensibilities.  Writes poet Bashar Nawaz from Aurangabad, Maharashtra : Guzarte mausam ka gard suraj chala hai khamosh sar jhukaye/ Pahadion se utarte jharne ufaq ke daman mein jaise kuch dhoondle dhoondle saaye/ Kapaas ke phool dhalte din ki larasti palkon pe jhilmilaye/ Patheru panchi vida kehne jowar ki balion pe aye/ Kaner ki tarkh tarkh khushboo fiza ki bojhil udasian aur bhi badhaein

(The sun of the past generation is fading with its head bowed down/ What used to be waterfalls from hillocks,appear faded in the new horizon/ Few cotton buds shine as dusk falls for the day/ Tired birds come to say goodbye to jowar (sorghum) crop/ The heady scent of kaner adds to the days tiredness)

The nazm,Janam lete shehar (The birth of cities),metaphorically highlights the farmers dilemma and angst in the times of farmers suicide.In place of wheat,rice,jowar and bajra,theres a demand for new crops like cotton and sugarcane.Agriculture,like everything else,has changed, says Nawaz,75 who started writing poetry since 1954.


Hajera Bano: Writer. Address: Plot No 93 Sector/A,  CIDCO – N- 13,                       Himayt Bagh, Aurangabad (M.S.). 431001 India. Cell – 9860733049.                       EMAIL – hajra857@gmail.com


Javed Nasir


Prof. Syed Noorul Husnain: Born on March 19, 1950 at Aurangabad to follower of Sufi  cult, Syed Noorul Waheed, who is in the seventh generation Hazrat Syed Shah Qamruddin Naqshbandi. Noorul Husnain did his MA Urdu. Initially, he adopted teaching as profession and later got appointed as announcer with All-India Radio. Three collections of his short stories have been published including (!) Simat-te daire (2) Mor raqus aur tamashai (3) Garhi men utarti sham apart from a novel ‘Aahankar, a collection of articles  ‘Khush bayanyan”, a book of dramas “Insan Amar hai” and three collections of stories for children. Prof. Syed Noorul Hasnain  is a prolific writer. His write-ups of various Urdu literary subjects are published in esteemed magazines all over the world.  Address: 1/12/31 Pragati colony, Ghati, Aurangabad- 431001. Mobile  09890849736


Group photo of some poets and writers of Aurangabad

(Right to left standing 1. Shah Hussin Nehri 2. Dr. Azim Rahi, Aslam Mirze (sitting:  Sahir Kaleem 2. Dr. Sahar Saeedi 3. Nourul Husnain 4.Arif Khursheed)



Noorul Husnain honoured with award