Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi: Biography and Literary Work

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is an important figure in Urdu literature in Pakistan. He was born on 20th November 1916. He is not only Urdu poet rather he is also a journalist, literary critic, and dramatist as well.

Ahmad NadeemĀ is also the author of many short stories that got immense fame not only in Pakistan but also in other countries. He wrote around about fifty books on different topics such as poetry, fiction, criticism as well as journalism.

In the contemporary times of Urdu, he is a prominent figure and much appreciated by the large community of readers. His poetry of humanism distinguished him from the other Urdu writers and poets. His specialization of Urdu Afsana made him a unique personality in Urdu literature.

In Urdu Afsana (short-story), Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is considered second to Prem Chand. In his Urdu Afsanas, he depicted the true picture of the rural culture of Pakistan that is considered the popular culture of this country because most of the population in Pakistan resides in the countryside where they Passing with agriculture. The belongingness to agriculture reflects the pure Punjabi culture of Punjab as well as Pakistan.

Schooling

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi was born in Khushab District of Punjab in the awan family. This potohar plateau is important in many fields, especially for military personals. The British mostly used to recruit the military men from this region. Qasmi got his early education from his native village and from high school in Campbellpur (now Attock) in 1931.

Later, for higher studies, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi went Bahawalpur and got admission in Sadiq Egerton Colege. Further, he set on to go to Lahore and graduated from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1935. He has one brother named Peerzada Muhammad Bakhash and one sister. He participated actively in Progressive Writers Movement and arrested many times during the 1950s and 1970s.

Literal Activities

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi has a very long experience of his career about literature. He has been working for different journals like Phool, Tehzeeb-i-Insan, Adab-i-Lateef, Savera, and Naqoosh. Qasmi had also his own journal Funoon that also adds some extra qualities in the personality of Qasmi.

He also worked as an editor in Daily Imroze. He also contributed to different national newspapers as Rawn Dawn and Daily Jang on weekly basis. His poetry attracts the readers through its inspiring nature. It includes traditional Gazals and Modern Nazams.

He also worked as an editor in Daily Imroze. He also contributed to different national newspapers as Rawn Dawn and Daily Jang on weekly basis. His poetry attracts the readers through its inspiring nature. It includes traditional Gazals and Modern Nazams.

Career

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi remained very active figure for the rights of the writers. Due to his active participation is literal matters, he was selected as the General Secretary of Anjmun-e-Taraqqi Passand Musannifeen (Progressive Writers Movement) in 1948. Later in 1949, he was elected as the secretary general for the organization of Pakistan.

Furthermore, in 1962, Qasmi published his own literal magazine Fanoon with the active support of others literary personalities like Khadija Mastoor, Hajra Masroor, Amjad Islam Amjad and Ata ul Haq Qasmi. He continued to make progress and qualified different steps to move forward.

His active role in the literal community made him prominent everywhere that in 1974, he appointed as secretary general of Majlis-e-Taraqee-Adab. It was a literary body organized and established by the government of West Pakistan in 1958.

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi Literary Works/ Books

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi produced some literary works. His work can bee divided mainly into two categories, Poetry, and Short Stories. Here is a list of major works of Qasmi.

Poetry

  1. Jalal-o-Jamal
  2. Shola-i-Gul
  3. Rim Jhim
  4. Kisht-i-Wafa

Short Stories

Awards and Prizes

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi received many important awards and prizes. Some of the prestigious awards received by Qasmi are following

  • Pride of Performance Award by President of Pakistan in 1968
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan in 1980
  • Legitimate Achievement Award by Pakistan Academy of Letters

Death

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi passed away 10 July 2006 at Lahore. She left a daughter Naheed Qasmi. She was the head of Urdu dept. in Samanabad College.

At last, I hope you liked the biography and books details of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi. You may also want to check Agha Shorash Kashmiri: Biography and Literary Work.

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