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His Story

Ali Jawad Zaidi was an Urdu poet and polyphonic scholar. He wrote several books of ghazals and nazms apart from research based texts such as A History of Urdu Literature and Uttar Pradesh ke Marsiyago and several others. He also wrote commentary on a wide range of subjects, publishing significant books like Do Adbi School and Islami Taraqqi Pasandi. He had been honoured with several awards including the Padmashri, the Ghalib Award, the Mir Anis award and others. He had been working on a project he called 'Urdu mein Ramkatha' when he passed away.


A History of Urdu Literature


Islami Taraqqi Pasandi

Padma shri

for contribution to Urdu Literature

Jawad Memorial Prize

We are pleased to announce that registration is now OPEN for the 2023 Jawad Memorial Prize and submissions are currently being accepted.


This year we will be looking for Urdu to English translations of poetry on the theme of Freedom (between 10 - 50 lines).


Please confirm your participation by signing up!

Jawad memorial prize
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