Abdul Hameed (writer)
Amritsar, British India
|Died||29 April 2011 (aged 83)|
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer, playwright and broadcaster|
|Literary movement||Progressive Writers' Movement|
|Notable works||Ambar, Naag & Maria, Tahly Thallay (TV serial), Ainak Wala Jin (1993) (A TV serial for children)|
|Notable awards||Pride of Performance Award in 1997|
Abdul Hameed (Urdu: اے۔ حمید-; 1928 – 29 April 2011) was an Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan. He was also mainly known for writing a popular children's TV play Ainak Wala Jin (1993) for Pakistan Television Corporation which was broadcast on PTV during the mid-1990s.
Early life and education
Hameed was born in 1928 in Amritsar, British India. He completed his high school education in Amritsar and migrated to Lahore after the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and finished some college education in Pakistan as a private candidate and joined Radio Pakistan, Lahore as an assistant script editor. After working at Radio Pakistan for several years, he became a fiction book writer.
Hameed's first collection of short stories 'Manzil Manzil' received popular acclaim and he became recognized romantic short story writer. Apart from writing short stories and novels, he wrote columns for national newspapers. He also wrote plays for radio and television.
Hameed has written more than 200 novels and 100 books on fiction and children's literature. In his youth, he was influenced by the Progressive Writers' Movement and especially by the writings of Krishan Chander.Urdu She'r Ki Dastan, Urdu Nasr ki Dastan (in which he has given information about the prose literature of many Urdu prose writers from Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz to the recent prose writers of Deccan and Gujrat), Mirza Ghalib Lahore Mein and Dastango Ashfaq Ahmad are his most famous books.
His drama Ainak Wala Jin was popular with children in the 1990s. Moreover, his fantasy series of 100 novels for children known as the Ambar Naag Maria (series of books) increased his popularity. He was awarded Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan. He the author of a Series named Mout Ke Taaqob Mia Pursuing the Death these series have three hundred episodes
Abdul Hameed died of cardiac disease, diabetes and kidney problems on 29 April 2011 at the age of 83. His funeral was attended by many fellow writers including Ata ul Haq Qasmi and the veteran journalist Mujibur Rehman Shami.
Awards and recognition
- Renowned fiction writer A. Hameed laid to rest Dawn (newspaper), Published 29 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2020
- "'Ainak wala jin' creator A Hameed passes away". The Express Tribune. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "A Hameed's silence". Pakistan Today (newspaper). 5 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
- Profile of Abdul Hameed (writer) on lahore.city-history.com website Published 29 April 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2020
- http://www.thefridaytimes.com/13052011/page20.shtml Archived 25 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Profile of Abdul Hameed (writer) on The Friday Times newspaper, Published 13 May 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016
- COLUMN: The romantic period Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 August 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2020