Farman Fatehpuri

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Dr.Farman Fatehpuri
Born 26 January 1926
Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India
Died 3 August 2013
Residence Karachi
Citizenship Pakistani
Nationality Pakistani
Fields Urdu literature and Linguistics
Alma mater University of Karachi
Doctoral advisor Abul Lais Siddiqui
Doctoral students Many
Known for Work on Mirza Ghalib
Notable awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award in 1985[1]
Dr. Farman Fatehpuri addresses during a global conference

Farman Fatehpuri (Urdu: فرمان فتح پوری‎) (born Syed Dildar Ali (Urdu: سید دلدار علی‎), 26 January 1926 – 3 August 2013) was an eminent Urdu linguist, researcher, writer, critic and scholar of Pakistan.[2] He is widely regarded as the supreme authority on life and work of Ghalib. He wrote many scholarly articles, book reviews, and editorials. He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award for his literary accomplishments in 1985 from the President of Pakistan.[3] He peacefully died in his sleep during the very early morning on 3 August 2013 (24th Ramadan). His final rites were offered on 4 August 2013, and he was buried in the Karachi University graveyard.


Fatehpuri was born in the Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.[3] His father died in 1933 while he was still a child. He received his matriculation from Fatehpur and intermediate education (high school) from Allahabad in 1948. He graduated from Agra University in 1950. Farman migrated to Pakistan in 1950 and settled in Karachi. He completed his Master of Arts, LLB and B.T. from Karachi University. In 1965, he obtained his PhD degree.[3] He holds the honour of being the first Pakistani with a D.Litt (Doctor of Letters) in Urdu in 1974. He remained associated with Karachi University for nearly 30 years and taught many PhD students and researchers. He was later appointed chief editor and secretary of the Urdu Dictionary Board in 1985.[4] In the same year, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz medal (Star of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan.[3]

From 1996 on, he served as a member of the Civil Services Board of the Sindh Government.[5] He became the editor of the monthly publication, Nigar[6] – the oldest Urdu literary journal, founded by Farman's mentor, Allama Niaz Fatehpuri.[3]

Literary works[edit]

Farman's works and ideas have had a strong influence on researchers investigating the poetry and prose of Ghalib and Urdu linguistics.[3] He was the author of more than 60 titles on the Urdu poetry of Ghalib and Allama Iqbal, including linguistics, critique, and biography.[3]

Fatehpuri at a seminar organised by Special Teachers' and Parents' Resource Center, Karachi
Fatehpuri addressing a symposium


  • Urdu Rubai
  • Tadrees-e-Urdu
  • Urdu ki Manzoom Dastaan
  • Tehqeeq-o-Tanqeed
  • Naya aur Purana Adab
  • Nawab Mirza Shauq ki Masnavian
  • Qamar Zamani Begum
  • Zaban aur Urdu Zaban
  • Urdu Imla aur Rasmulkhat
  • Urdu ki Naatia Shaeeri
  • Taweel-o-Tadbeer
  • Iqbal sab kay leay
  • Fun-e-Taarikh goi
  • Urdu Shura kay Tazkaray aur Tazkara Nigari
  • Mir Anees – Hayat aur Shaeeri
  • Irghaman-e-Gokal Parshad
  • Ghalib – Shaer-e-Imroz-o-Farda
  • Darya-e-Ishq aur Behr-ul-Mohabbat ka Taqabuli Mutaalea
  • Urdu Afsana aur Afsana Nigari
  • Hindi-Urdu Tanazea[7]
  • Niaz Fatehpuri – Deeda Shuneeda
  • Aurat aur Funoon Latifa
  • Ghazaleyat-e-Ghalib – Sharah-o-Matan
  • Bila Jawaz (biography)
  • Urdu Shaeeri aur Pakistani Mashra

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Biography of Farman Fatehpuri on Pakistan Times USA newspaper, published 4 August 2013, Retrieved 1 April 2016
  2. ^ "History of Urdu fiction-Reviewed by Dr Rauf Parekh". Daily Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Ghalib's thought needs fresh interpretation". Daily Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  4. ^ [1], Retrieved 1 April 2016
  5. ^, Retrieved 1 April 2016
  6. ^ "Indexes of literary magazines". Daily Dawn. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "National Book Foundation-Book title". National Book Foundation website. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 

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