NEW DELHI — Google Doodle celebrates famous Indian poet, songwriter and activist Kaifi Azmi’s 101st birth anniversary on Tuesday.
Born to Syed Athar Hussain Rizvi in 1919 in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, Kaifi Azmi’s humanitarian work continues to inspire people. He grew up to be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India freedom movement of 1942 and later left for Mumbai to write for an Urdu newspaper.
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. He composed his first poem at the age of 11.
Kaifi Azmi published his first collection of poems, Jhankar in 1943 and became a member of the influential Progressive Writers’ Association that used writing to achieve socioeconomic reforms.
He was honoured with many awards including three Filmfare Awards for Garm Hawa, the Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, one of India’s highest literary honours.
Actress Shabana Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi was also an advocate for women’s rights and he wrote the poem, “Aurat,” in which he spoke of women’s equality.
He also founded an NGO to support various educational initiatives to improve the lives of rural women and families.
The doodle soothes the moment of Kaifi Azmi on stage reciting his poetry.
(with media inputs)