Who is Abdul Qavi Desnavi? Why is today’s Google Doodle in his memory?

Who is Abdul Qavi Desnavi

Almost everyday, Google remembers one great soul with a doodle featuring on its homepage. Today, November 1, Google Doodle is dedicated to Abdul Qavi Desnavi.

In case you don’t know who he is, here is all you need to know about him:

Abdul Qavi Desnavi is a noted Indian Urdu poet, author and bibliographer. He has a number of books to his credit, but he is most commonly know for his work on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mirza Ghalib and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

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On this day, 87 years ago, Desnavi was born in Bihar’s Desna village into the family of Syed Mohammed Saeed Raza, a professor of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.Abdul Qavi DesnaviDesnavi, after finishing college from St. Xavier’s, joined the Urdu department in Saifia Post Graduate College in 1961 as a professor. He went on to mentor Urdu writers such as Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood, becoming a prominent literary figure in India.

Desnavi died on July 7, 2011, in Bhopal at the age of 80.


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