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Google celebrates Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi's 101st birth anniversary with a doodle

Azmi became one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century in India.

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Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 11.32 AM IST
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Kaifi Azmi's 101st birth anniversary: Google celebrates with a doodle
Kaifi Azmi's 101st birth anniversary: Google celebrates with a doodle
NEW DELHI: Search engine giant Google honoured famous Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi on his 101st birth anniversary with a doodle.

The doodle shows the songwriter performing in front of the mic.

Born as Syed Athar Hussain Rizvi in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh district, Azmi became one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century in India. Also known as a social change advocate, the Google Doodle website mentions that Azmi's humanitarian efforts continue to impact people’s lives even today.

His career ranges from passionate love poems and activist verses to Bollywood songs lyrics and screenplays. At 11, he composed his first ghazal-style poem.

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's 1942 Quit India freedom movement, he moved to Bombay (now known as Mumbai) to write for an Urdu newspaper.

The influencial writer published his first collection of poems 'Jhankar' in 1943. The same year, he became a member of the influential Progressive Writers' Association. The primary goal of the organisation was to use writing to achieve socio-economic reforms.

Kaifi Azmi's ​doodle by Google on his 101st birth anniversary.
Kaifi Azmi's doodle by Google on his 101st birth anniversary.

Prolific Azmi won numerous awards for his literary contributions, including three Filmfare Awards for 'Garm Hawa' ('Scorching Winds') in 1973, the prestigious Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education in 1974, and one of India’s highest literary honours, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, in 2002.

In one of his early and most famous poems, 'Aurat', Amzi advocated for women’s equality, which was one of the causes he championed in his lifetime. He also founded the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS) to support various educational initiatives to improve the lives of rural women and families, and to this day, MWS continues its work in the spirit of its founder, describes the website.

His wife Shaukat Kaifi Azmi passed away on November 22 last year. The film fraternity paid tribute to the theater personality and attended the prayer meet.

He is survived by actress-daughter Shabana Azmi and cinematographer-son Baba Azmi.

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