Google doodle celebrates 101st birthday of Famous Poet Kaifi Azmi
Google celebrated the famous Indian poet Kaifi Azmi’s 101st birthday with a doodle today on January 14. Apart from being a celebrated poet, Kaifi Azmi was also a songwriter and social change advocate.
Azmi’s work ranged from love poems, verses that were used in activism and Bollywood songs and screenplays too. He is also remembered for introducing Urdu literature to Indian motion pictures. He is celebrated as one of the renowned poets of the 20th century.
Born on this day in 1919, his humanitarian work continues to inspire people till date. Kaifi Azmi was born Syed Athar Hussain Rizvi in the Azmargh district of Uttar Pradesh, India. He composed his first ghazal at the mere age of 11.
He was very much inspired by Gandhi’s Quit India movement because of which he left for Bombay (now Mumbai) to write for an Urdu newspaper. In 1943, he published his first collection of poems Jhankar. The same year he also became a member of the Progressive Writers’ Association and started writing to achieve socio-economic reforms.
He is also the recipient of many awards including three Filmfare Awards for Garm Hawa, the Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship.
He was also an advocate for women’s rights and he did so in one of his poems, Aurat. He also founded the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), which to this day supports educational initiatives to improve the lives of rural women and families.
He was married to stage actress Shaukat Kaifi. He is the father of actress Shabana Azmi, who is also the President of Mijwan Welfare Society, and cinematographer Baba Azmi.