Jameela Nishat

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Jameela Nishat
Nishat at the Hyderabad Literary Festival
Born 1955
Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Occupation Poet, Editor, Educationalist, Feminist
Nationality Indian
Education Master of Arts
Genre Ghazal, Nazm,
Subject Literature

Jameela Nishat (born 1955) is an Urdu poet,[1] editor, and feminist from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jameela Nishat was born in Hyderabad in a middle-class family. Her father, Syed Bin Mohammad, was a portrait artist. He was also a close friend of artist M F Hussain.[3]

Her career[edit]

Nishat started writing at an early age.[citation needed] She published her first poem in the year 1970.[citation needed] For some time, she wrote in Kitab Numa, a journal published by Jamia Millia University in Delhi and in various other poetry magazines. Her first book, Lava - a collection of poems, was published in 2000. Hoshang Merchant translated some of her poems from Lava and the translated poems were published by Sahitya Academy in 2008.[4] She has published three collections of poetry. Her work has also been featured in various other anthologies.[5][6]

SPARROW published a booklet on her life and work in 1999.[7] She is also one of the speakers at HLF - Hyderabad Literary Festival.[8][9]

She was one of the feminist poets at 100 Thousand Poets for Change Conference held from 3 June to 8 June 2015 in Salerno, Italy.[10]

Social Activities[edit]

In 2012, she founded the "Shaheen Collective - Shaheen's Women Resource and Welfare Association" to serve the cause of Muslim women.[11][12][13] The organization works for the welfare of women and elimination of domestic and social violence.[14][15][16]


  • Butterfly Caresses (Published by Patridge India, 2015)
  • Lams Ki Sawghat (Educational Publishing House, New Delhi,2006)
  • Lamhey Ki Ankh (Published by Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad, 2002)
  • Lava (2000)
  • Edited Inkeshaf, Anthology of Deccan Women Writers, Published by Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad,2000).


  • Maqdoom Award
  • Devi Award by The New Indian Express [17]


  1. ^ Susie Tharu and K. Lalitha. "Women Writing in India, Volume II: 20th Century". The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
  2. ^ Poetry International Rotterdam. "Jameela Nishat - Her Profile". Poetry International Rotterdam, September, 2007.
  3. ^ The Sunday Tribune. "Pioneer of Change". The Tribune - Tribune India.
  4. ^ The Hindu. "A universe of verse". The Hindu Newspaper.
  5. ^ Ammu Joseph. Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers, Pages, 233-237. Women's World India and Asmita Resource Centre for Women, 2003.
  6. ^ Sparrow. "Jameela Nishat A Poem Slumbers In My Heart". Sparrow, January, 1999.
  7. ^ MuseIndia. "Hyderabad Literary Festival". Muse India.
  8. ^ HydLitFest. "HLF".
  9. ^ succedeoggi.it. "Alla Fondazione Alfonso Gatto di Salerno,Poesia senza bavaglio". succedeoggi.it.
  10. ^ The Hindu. "Be the change you want". The Hindu Newspaper.
  11. ^ New Indian Express. "Asmitha Resource Center Observes Human Rights Day". New Indian Express, 11 December 2013.
  12. ^ Journeys For Change. "Journeys for Change - Alice Chou on Shaheen, bringing Muslim and Hindu women to empower themselves". Journeys for Change.
  13. ^ NewsWala. "Members of NGOs Wep-Ushassu and Shaheen Resource Centre for Women take out rally on International Day of the Girl". Newswala, 11 October 2012.
  14. ^ NewsBlaze.com. "Brave Jameela Nishat Liberates Women in India". NewsBlaze.com.
  15. ^ Vanitha TV. "Ms.Jameela Nishat - Shaheen Women's Resource and Welfare Association". Vanitha TV.
  16. ^ The Hindu. "Devi Award". The New Indian Express.

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