Bashir Badr

(15 February 1935 - / Ayodhya, India)

Biography of Bashir Badr

Bashir Badr poet

Bashir Badr (Urdu: بشیر بدر ) is an acclaimed Indian poet of Urdu.

Childhood

Sayyed Mohammad Bashir Badr was born into a Muslim family at Ayodhya, in India. This city is known for its cultural and religious history. Bashir was the fourth child of Sayyed Nazir and Aaliya Begum. His father was an Assistant Accountant in the Indian Police and highly respected in the community. Bashir as a child was far clearer in thoughts and visions of life than the children of his age. Bashir throughout was an obedient and respectful child. When he was of age 7, he wrote his 1st Sher. He had a deep desire that even his shers should be published in a magazine. First of his shers were published in the magazine named ’Nigaar’ at Lucknow.

Bashir had a particularly close relationship with his father, who taught his son honesty in life. When he was roughly sixteen, his father was taken ill, it caused Bashir to discontinue his studies and earn for the family.

Education

Bashir Badr did his schooling from Halim College, Kanpur. He completed his high schooling in the yr 1949 from Islamiya College, Itawa.

Thereafter, he had to take a break from his studies owing to the fact that; he had to take care of the family, due to the ill-health of his father, ‘Sayyed Mohd. Nazir’.

He is the only person in the history of education to have studied from his own written books.

Bashir Badr then rejoined in for M.A. in 1967. He did his MA and PhD from the Aligarh Muslim University. During his 1st year of M.A. he stood 1st and was awarded the ‘Sir William Morris Award’ and ‘Radhakrishan Award’ for achieving the topper position in 2nd year. He did his PhD in 1973, and released ‘Azadi ke baad Urdu Ghazal’; which was awarded the Bihar Academy Award. During his M.A. He has brought laurels to the university with his outstanding work in the field of literature. His fellow students deem that he displayed his greatest talent in Shers and Mushayras. And his extensive indulgence in the competitions, won him awards and recognitions even during the study years. The books written by Dr. Bashir are a reserve of great literature and still referred by the students of the university.

Family

Bashir Badr got married to Meerut. As a husband he fathered two children ‘Nusarat Badr’ and ‘Saba Wahid’. In the yr… Bashir Badr lost every possession of his, when a fire burnt down his house. Soon after, he lost his wife too. He went through a trauma; he gave up his writing and went through a melancholy. With nothing left, he moved to Bhopal. Here he met Dr Rahat who was a support and an empathizer in the time of despair. She motivated Dr. Bashir to start to write again. Dr. Bashir was married to Dr Rahat. They have a son ‘Taiyab Badr’.

Literary Life

He knows Persian, Hindi and English as well. It is believed that he started writing Shers at an early age of seven. He has brought out more than seven collections of poems in Urdu and one in Hindi. He has seven collections of Ghazals: ‘Ikai’, ‘Image’, ‘Aamad’, ‘Aahat’, ‘Kulliyate Bashir Badr’, etc. He also has 2 books of literary criticism, ‘Azadi Ke Bad Urdu Ghazals Ka Tanqidi Mutala’ and ‘Biswin Sadi Mein Ghazal’. He also brought out a collection of Urdu Ghazals in the Devnagari script, titled ‘Ujjale Apni Yadon ke’. The collections of his Ghazals have been published in Gujrati script also. His works have been translated into English and French.

He is a pioneer, in melting the soft tenderness of Urdu communication into the English diction in many of his lyrics.

His Ghazals, like those of Meer Taqi Meer, contain highly contemporary Urdu, and are therefore easily understood and appreciated by a vast majority of people, without some extra effort. His Ghazals are primarily an expression of anguished love; in them are also expressed the mysteries of life. This, together with his many masterpieces, will forever remain as, his paramount contribution to the Urdu Poetry and Literature.

Awards

Padmashree Award: Padmashree was awarded to Dr. Badr by the President K.R Narayan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in 1999 for high literary standards.

Sahitya Academy Award: Every year since its inception in 1954, the Sahitya Academy awards, prizes to the most outstanding books of literary merit, published in any of the major Indian languages recognized by it. Sahitya Academy award was bestowed upon Dr Badr in the year 1999 for ‘Aas’ his compilation of 69 Urdu Ghazals.

‘Chirag Hasran Hasrat Award’ awarded in Poonch, J&K to Dr Bashir in yr 2000, by Maulana Chirag Hasran Hasrat Award Committee.

Jashn-e-Bashir: This is a much esteemed award. The award and the event in designated in name of the person it is awarded to. This award function was held in Dubai. As an honor, evening was named as Jashn-e-Bashir.

National Police Award: SVP National police Academy bestowed Bashir with an award at Hyderabad.

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