|Biographical detail : ||A respected and renowned poet of Urdu.
Dr Kaleem Ajiz who authored several books and classical ghazals has left an indelible mark in the Indian literary field. He did his doctorate from Patna University for his thesis on ‘Evolution of Urdu Literature in Bihar’ – the thesis is now available in a book form.
Dr Ajiz was the only Urdu poet, in the 1960s and 1970s, who represented Bihar in the Red Fort Mushaira held every year in Delhi on the eve of Independence Day. He was a recipient of India’s coveted Padmashree award for his contributions to Urdu literature. He is known for the ease in which he could express his thoughts through verses. In his words:
“Yeh pukar saare chaman mein thi, woh sehar hui woh sehar hui
Mere aashiyyan se dhooan utha, to mujhe bhi iski khabar hui.”
(There was this outcry everywhere in the garden that lo the morning has come, morning has come!! When smoke started rising from my nest, I also became aware of this.)
Kaleemuddin Ahmad, a humble and pious man and who served for decades in the department of Urdu at Patna University was born in Telhaya, a village in Patna district.