|Biographical detail : ||Urdu poet
Joan Elia was a versatile poet in the classical mould and had command over Urdu, Arabic, Persian, English and Hebrew. Joan who received his preliminary education from his father, Allama Shafiq Hasan Elia, a learned man of his time, began composing poetry at the age of eight.
Joan Elia was born in Amroha, India, and migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He died of asthma in Karachi where he was settled.