Celebrating literary critic, bibliographer and Urdu author Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s 87th birth anniversary, Google honoured him with a special doodle on the occasion. Born on November 1 in Bihar’s Desna village in 1930, the scholar has over 50 books to his credit. He belongs to the family of Muslim scholar Sulaiman Nadvi, a recognized historian and biographer of Muhammad, and is the son of Syed Mohammed Saeed Raza, the professor of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages in St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
From fiction to biography and poetry, Desnavi has written a vast number of Urdu texts over a span of five decades. His work on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mirza Ghalib and Allama Muhammad Iqbal are some of the most illustrious ones. Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad, a book on freedom fighter Azad was published in 2000, and a few other books in his name include Sat Tahriren, Motala-E-Khotoot Ghalib and Talash-E-Azad.
Desnavi joined Bhopal’s Saifia Post Graduate college in 1961 as a professor. He, later, retired as the head of the Urdu department in 1990 after exerting a powerful influence on the evolution of Urdu literature. Some of India’s finest poets and academicians of today have been his disciples, including Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood.
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) November 1, 2017
The author breathed his last on July 8, 2011 in Bhopal.