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Ahmad Nadeem Qasim

Writer, Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Editor, and Columnist

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (November 20, 1916 – July 10, 2006) was a famous Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, playwright, and short story author who wrote in Urdu and English. He was also the editor and publisher of Funoon, a literary journal that groomed generations of young authors, for over half a century. He authored a lot of poetry and short tales in English. In Pakistan, his poetry The Feed is part of the intermediate school curriculum. For his literary efforts, he got the Pride of Performance Award in 1968 and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award in 1980

Qasmi was born in the British Indian hamlet of Anga in the Khushab district. He graduated from Campbellpur College in 1931, at the same time as he composed his first poem, and went on to Sadiq Egerton College in Bahawalpur. In 1935, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Punjab University in Lahore. He has a sister and a brother, Peerzada Mohammad Bakhsh Qasmi. As a secretary, he became involved in the Progressive Writers Movement and was detained several times between the 1950s and 1970s.

He was one of the most well-known progressive writers, and he was detained twice as a result of his activism. Qasmi Sahib lived a long life and published over fifty novels by the time he was ninety. Ghazals, poetry, naats, national and folk songs, mythologies, novels, personal sketches, comedy, literary and social columns, children’s literature (poems, tales, plays), comments, numerous articles, interviews, institutions, and editorials are among Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi’s many works.

Urdu literature occupies a strategic stature and prominence. The uniqueness of Nadeem’s kindness, enlightenment, and honesty distinguishes his work. In 1931, Qasmi’s first poem, on Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar’s death, was published on the front page of the newspaper Siyasat Lahore, which was a major honour for him. Not only that, but some of his poems were finally published on the front pages of the daily newspapers Inqilab Lahore and Zamindar Lahore in 1934 and 1937, establishing him as a household name among the young.

Starting with idealistic revolutionary ideals, Nadeem accepts reality. The writing style is simple and concise. Ineffective expression includes simplicity, fluidity, and freshness. His painting is very innovative, with Orientalism and nationalistic hues predominant. His art is worldwide because of the guy and his passion for humanity.

He was appointed secretary-general of Punjab’s Anjuman-e-Taraqqi Pasand Musannifeen (Progressive Writers Movement) in 1948. He was chosen secretary-general of the Pakistani organisation in 1949.

Ahmad Nadeem’s accomplishments are diverse, including the Adam G. Literary Award for “Dasht-e-Wafa” in 1964, the Pride of Performance Award (Pakistan’s civic award) in 1968, the Adam G. Literary Award for “Environment” in 1976, and the Adam G. Literary Award for “Continuity” in 1979.

In his honour, the Doha Literary Festival presented him with the Ghalib Award for International Promotion of Urdu Literature as well as in India. In 1980, he was awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian accolade, the Star of Distinction. He won the Perfection Art Award in the spam of 1997-98. (Highest award of the Academy of Literature). Ahmad was also nominated for Pakistan’s highest civilian honor award named ‘Mark of Distinction’ in 1999.

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi has demonstrated exceptional talent in a variety of significant sectors of art and journalism. He has psychologically and literarily educated several generations. On July 10, 2006, he passed away at the age of 90.

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