Akhlaq Mohammad Khan (16 June 1936 – 13 February 2012), was an Indian academician, and a doyen of Urdu poetry in India. He wrote under the pen name ‘Shahryar’.  As a Hindi film lyricist, he is best known for his lyrics in Gaman (1978) and Umrao Jaan (1981). He retired as the head of Urdu Department at the Aligarh Muslim University.

He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in Urdu for Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai (1987), and in 2008 he won the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award and only the fourth Urdu poet to win the award. He has been widely acknowledged as the finest exponent of modern Urdu poetry.

Shahryar’s Jab Bhi Milti Hai Mujhe Ajnabi Lagti Kyun Hai (ghazal) has been among the finest lyrical works in Bollywood.

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Jab Bhi Milti Hai Mujhe Ajnabi Lagti Kyun Hai – Asha Bhosle

Jab Bhi Milti Hai Mujhe Ajnabi Lagti Kyun Hai – Umrao Jaan (Film)

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Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’


Glossary:

qahr

  • Anger, Fury, Rage, Divine wrath

dayaar-e-shab

  • country, mansion of night

sar-barahna

  • bare headed, one who is distressed

buu-e-aavaara

  • smell of vagabond

 

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