Kashmiri Lal Zakir

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Kashmiri Lal Zakir
Born(1919-04-07)7 April 1919
Died31 August 2016(2016-08-31) (aged 97)
Years active1940s–2016
Known forGhazal
AwardsPadma Shri
WebsiteOfficial blog
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Shri to Shri Kashmiri Lal Zakir, educationist and pioneer in adult literacy schemes, at investiture ceremony in New Delhi on March 29, 2006

Kashmiri Lal Zakir (7 April 1919 – 31 August 2016) was an Indian poet, novelist, dramatist and short story writer of Urdu literature.[1]

His career—which started with his first ghazal published in Adabi Duniya, a publication from Lahore, in the 1940s—encompasses novels, dramas, short stories and travelogues.[2]

Zakir served the Punjab Education Department in then British India and had been involved with Haryana Urdu Academy for a number of years as its chairman.[3] He has written in Hindi and Urdu,[4][5] including Tin cihre ek saval, a ghazal anthology,[6] Ab Mujhey Sone Do, a novel[7] and Aey Mao Behno Betiyo, a collection of articles.[8]

Zakir is a recipient of the honour of Fakhr-e-Haryana from the Government of Haryana.[1] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian literature.[9]

Zakir died on 31 August 2016 at the age of 97.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Biography of Kashmiri Lal Zakir". Urdu Youth Forum. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ "K. L. Zakir: The pride of Urdu". Spectrum. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Academy hosts nonagenarian Kashmiri Lal Zakir". Daily Excelsior. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ "WorldCat profile". WorldCat. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Hindi Book Centre profile". Hindi Book Centre. 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  6. ^ Kashmiri Lal Zakir (1981). Tin cihre ek saval. Maudarn Pablishing Haus. p. 40. ASIN B0000E7D2L.
  7. ^ Kashmiri Lal Zakir (2008). Ab Mujhey Sone Do. Hindi Book Centre. p. 111. ISBN 9788181871534.
  8. ^ Aey Mao Behno Betiyo. Hindi Book Centre. 2010. p. 128. ISBN 9788182236127.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  10. ^ KL Zakir, doyen of Urdu literature, dead at 97