Majaz life and biography

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Majaz biography

Date of birth : 1909-10-01
Date of death : 1955-12-05
Birthplace : Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality : Hindi
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2010-10-21
Credited as : Urdu poet, ,

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Majaz was born in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh in 1909. After completing his initial education from Lucknow and Agra, Majaz moved to Aligarh for his higher studies. He completed his graduation from Aligarh Muslim University in 1936. This was the same era when Aligarh Muslim University was swept by the progressive writers movement. It was pretty evident that Majaz was got impressed and influenced by the progressives. It was here that he started composing his initial poetries.

After completing his graduation from AMU he joined All India Radio but after differences with Pitras Bukhari he left his job. What followed was a long stint of alcoholism and self-destruction. It was also catalyzed by the failed love life. In the mean while he founder 'Naya Adab', the progressive mouthpiece of that era. He was also associated with Harding Library Delhi. Majaz was one of the founders of the Progressive Writers Movement. He did believe in revolution, but he was by temperament a romantic person. He never advertised revolution in his poems but sang sweet songs of revolution that matched his personality. This is the reason; he has been termed 'Keats of India'.

He was a poet of love and revolution, but preferred to write mostly on love. By genre, he can be classified as a poet of Nazam. But most of them were not in free verse as customary. His Nazam maintained all parameters of the Ghazal. His most famous Nazam is 'Awara', which is considered one of the best Urdu Nazam ever written. His first poetry collection 'Aahang' was published in 1938 it was followed by 'Shab-e-taab' in 1945 and 'Saaz-e-nau' in 1945. Majaz died of Liver Cirrhosis in the year 1955 leaving a vacuum in the Urdu Poetry.

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