Akbar Allahabadi biography and books

Akbar Allahabadi is a well-known poet of Urdu. His original name is Akbar Hussain Rizvi, but he is popularly known as Akbar Allahabadi. He is born on 16th November 1846 in Allahabad in India. Due to his native town Allahabad, he is mainly known as Akbar Allahabadi.


Akbar Allahabadi is one of those Urdu writers who born and died before the partition of Hindustan. But their work in Urdu still has very precious worth in the writing field of Urdu. His work is the source of inspiration for the young writers to learn the techniques of writing. He got his early education from the religious madrassah because during his time of period there were not such modern institutions as it is today.

The religious madrassahs were considered the primary source of education for the Muslims especially. They also used to get the education from these madrassahs as a religious obligation. Only those who had the sense of modern education and belong to rich families go to schools and colleges to get the advanced education.

Akbar Allahabadi went to college for further education after completing his madrassah education. In college, he got knowledge related to law and affiliated himself in the field of law. He retired as a session judge from Allahabad High Court.


His poetry has a unique place in the Urdu poetry due to his long and early efforts for Urdu. His poetry inspires the audience to think and evaluate the social situations about his time. He used the sense of humour to involve the readers in his thinking. The feeling of humour is considered the vital tool to attract the attention of the audience.

Akbar Allahabadi is one of those Urdu poets whose sense of humour inspires the community about the logic of different social issue.

Notable Work of Akbar Allahabadi

Akbar Allahabadi has a different series of the writing of the poems and other literary work. His poetry is appreciated. His some most prominent work is as follows.

Kulliyat Akbar Allahabadi

First of all, “Kulliyats” is considered his most notable work. Kulliyat means the collection of the poems. His fourth volume of Kulliyat published in 1948.

Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa

The second remarkable poem is “Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa, Thori Si Jo Pi Li Hai.” This ghazal is also sung the great singer of Pakistan of contemporary time, Ghulam Ali.


Thirdly, Hamad (a form of the poem in which praise of Allah recited), Bas Jaan Gya Main Teri Pehchan Yehi Hai, Tu Dil Main To Ata Hai, Samjh Main Nahi Ata. It is also a very popular poem of Akbar Allahabadi. This piece of works is also sung also the Late Mehdi Hassan during 1970s.

Last days of his life

Although Akbar Allahabadi achieved everything that an ordinary man wishes. He earned name and fame as well. He became very popular during his time due to his job and poetry. But the last days of his life are not well.

He had to face many sorrows and difficulties in his life. His wife and his son passed away, and in the last days of his life, his health became much deteriorated.

He was confined only to the bed. He died on 15 February 1921 (aged 74) in Allahabad.

I hope you liked the life history of Akbar Allahbadi. You may also like to read Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal: A Legend Poet and Thinker.

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