Renowned Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammed Khan a.k.a Shahryar passed away in Aligarh on Monday at the age of 76 following a long illness.
He is survived by his two sons and a daughter.
Shahryar was a Jnanpith & Sahitya Akademi Awardee and was one of the most celebrated writers of Ghazals and Nazm in Urdu language.
Shahryar started his career as a literary assistant at Anjuman Tarraqqi-e-Urdu, thereafter he joined Aligarh Muslim University as a lecturer in Urdu. He was appointed professor in 1986. He was also the co-editor of the literary magazine “Sher-o-Hikmat” (Poetry and Philosophy)
He became famous as a lyricist for films like Gaman, Umrao Jaan and Anjuman.
The poet will be laid to rest at the University’s graveyard tomorrow afternoon.
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