|Born||Syed Hassan Rizvi
October 1, 1934
Aligarh, British India
|Died||November 12, 1966
Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
|Spouse||Syeda Mohiddisa Khatoon|
|Children||Syed Hussain Aqdas Rizvi (son)
Hina Batool (daughter)
Shakeb Jalali's real name was Syed Hassan Rizvi. His ancestors were from a small town, Saddat Jalali, near Aligarh, India. Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi says that Jalali was born on October 1, 1934, but his wife Syeda Mohiddisa Khatoon gives his year of birth as 1935 or 1936.
Jalali was an only child. When he was ten years old, his mother died in an accident. This unexpected incident and suspension from his job due to Hindu Muslim conflict in India totally disturbed his father and died a little before the death of Jalali. He passed his Matriculation Examination from Badayun (Uttar Pradesh) and then moved along with his sisters to Rawalpindi. He passed Intermediate Examination from Rawalpindi and B.A. Examination from Sialkot.
He arranged publication of different urdu magazines, worked in many literary magazines and later moved to Lahore. Owing to economical crises, Jalali joined Thal Development Authority and was posted at Joharabad and Bhakkar.
During this period he stayed at Sargodha where he committed suicide on railway tracks on November 12, 1966, due to an unexplained psychological disorder. He was married in 1956 and left behind a son Syed Hussain Aqdas Rizvi (Aali) and a daughter Hina Batool.
His life as a poet began in 1947 (when he was only 15 years old). His poetry work was published after his death: Rooshni Ay Rooshni in 1972 by Maktaba-e-Fanoon and several additions by Mavara Publications and Kuliyat e Shakeb Jalali in 2004 by Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore.
Famous Poems in Urdu
- "kam-tar na jaane"
- "gale mila na kabhi"
- "Jahan talk bhee yah sahra dikhai data haa"
- "murja ka kali jjeel main"
- "aa kay pather jo mara sahan main"
- "utrain ajab roshniya rat khoab main"
- "woo samna tha pher bhee kahan samina kahian hova"
- "main shakh say ura tha sitaroon kee aas main"
- "kinar aay aab khara khud say kah raha ha koyee"
- "yadain hain apna dil kee ahla safar kay sath"
- Shakeb Jalali at Kavita Kosh (Hindi font)
- Rooshni Ay Rooshni — Shakeb's first book.