Noted Urdu poet Shahryar passes away

Renowned Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammad Khan, who wrote under the pen name 'Shahryar' and immortalized himself as the lyricist of 'Umrao Jaan', passed away in Aligarh on Monday fter battling lung cancer. 
He was 76. The poet, better known by his pseudonym Shahryar, is survived by his two sons and a daughter. Khan, who also won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987, was one of the most celebrated writers of ghazals and nazm in Urdu language Born in Aonla town in Bareilly district on June 19, 1936, Khan pursued his higher education at Aligarh Muslim University, before obtaining a PhD and joining the university''s faculty in 1966.
He retired as Chairman of the university''s Urdu department in 1996. Khan drew national fame as a lyricist for the words he penned in films like ''Gaman'', ''Umrao Jaan'' and ''Anjuman''. According to a spokesperson of AMU, the poet will be laid to rest at the University''s graveyard tomorrow afternoon.


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