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Akbar Allahabadi

Maktaba Jamia Limited, New Delhi
1946 | More Info
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    Rekhta

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    Humorous, Poetry

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    16

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Akbar Allahabadi

Akbar Allahabadi

Syed Akbar Hussain Rizvi, who was well-known as Akbar Allahabadi was born at Allahabad. To commemorate his work in judicial services, he was bestowed with the title, Khan Bahadur by the British Government during that period. Though he had achieved both, name and fame, his old age was full of grief. Following his wife and son’s death, Akbar's health deteriorated and he was confined to bed for the rest of his life. He was a bright, witty and affable man with a remarkable sense of humour which surfaces in his poetry too. He gave a humorous touch even to the serious themes of love and politics. He exhibited a good understanding and command on Urdu language which can be seen in his use of simple language in the most effective way. He also used English words in his poetry to bring about interesting impacts. His poetry ushered the modern culture at that time and clearly portrayed the transition in cultural values. Akbar's ghazals, nazms, rubaiyats and individual couplets span across three volumes, in addition to a collection of his poems on Mahatma Gandhi, titled Gandhinama. The title "Lisan-ul-Asr" was bestowed upon him for his literary excellence. His fame can also be attributed to his socio-politic criticism and humor that was often directed against the so-called highly westernized Indian Muslims. He passed away in 1921 in Allahabad.

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