New Delhi: Google dedicated a unique doodle to writer-lyricist Kaifi Azmi on the noted Urdu poet’s 101st birth anniversary.
The doodle features Azmi wearing a white shirt and standing in front of a mic, reciting. Azmi was born on January 14, 1919, as Sayyid Athar Hussein Rizvi in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He is remembered for bringing Urdu literature to Indian films.
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.
Azmi wrote his first lyrics for the film Buzdil (1951) and his greatest feat as a writer was Chetan Anand’s Heer Raanjha (1970).
Kaifi Azmi won numerous awards for his work, including three Filmfare Awards, the prestigious Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, one of India’s highest literary honours.
In 2000, he was conferred the first Millennium Award by the Government of Delhi and the Delhi Urdu Academy. He has also been honoured with a doctorate from Vishva Bharati University, Santiniketan.
Azmi died on May 10, 2002, at the age of 83. His autobiography is included in a collection of his works, Aaj Ke Prashid Shayar: Kaifi Azmi.