Poet, writer and filmmaker.
A towering figure and potent symbol of intellectual conscience against tyranny and repression. He modernised the Persian poetry, edited literary and political magazines, a critic, scholar, translator, and scriptwriter and with his beautiful voice a gifted reciter of poetry. The Second World War and the suffering he endured inspired Shamlu's patriotic poems.
He published many collections of poetry; the first The Forgotten Songs (1947), and The Fresh Air (1957) established him as a prominent poet. He was awarded the Freedom of Expression prize by Human Rights Watch for his efforts to fight oppression and promote human rights.
Ahmad Shamlu was born in Tehran.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan