Search engine giant Google today celebrated literary critic and Urdu writer and linguist Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s 87th birthday through its doodle. Desnavi is known for his huge contribution towards the enrichment of Urdu language.
Designed by guest artist Prabha Mallya, The doodle showed Desnavi wearing a black bandhgala sitting in the middle and writing. The letters of the ‘Google’ were also given a calligraphic touch.
Desnavi was born into the family of Islamic scholar Syed Sulaiman Nadvi in Bihar’s Desna village in 1930.
Over the span of five decades, he authored a vast number of Urdu texts covering fiction, biographies, poetry, and anthologies.
His magnum opus was the biographical ‘Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad’, celebrating the life of India’s first education minister and freedom fighter Maulana Sayyid Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin Ahmed Azad, commonly remembered as Maulana Azad.
His other major works include ‘Ajnabi Shaher’, ‘Allama Iqbal Bhopal Mein’, ‘Bachchon Ka Iqbal’, ‘Bhopal Aur Ghalib’, ‘Ek Shahar Panch Mashahirs’, ‘Talash-e-Azad’ and ‘Urdu Shairi Ki Gyarah Aawazein’.
Desnavi served as professor and head of the Urdu Department at Bhopal’s Saifia College and held many honorary positions even after his retirement in 1990. He breathed his last on July 7, 2011 in Bhopal where he was living.
Many famous poets and academicians of today have been his disciples, including Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood.