Khaleel Mamoon

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Khaleel ur Rehman (born 1948) better known by his pen name Khaleel Mamoon is a noted Urdu poet.

Life and career[edit]

Mamoon was born in Bangalore. After working as a staff artist for All India Radio, Mamoon joined the Indian Police Service in 1977. He served in senior positions in Karnataka including as Inspector General.[1]


Mamoon has published a number of works. Lissan Falsafe Ke Aine Me on the philosophy of language was published in 1986. Unnees Lillahi Nazmen (1989) is a translation of poems written in praise of Prophet Mohammed by Scherzade Rikhye. Nishaat-e-Gham is a collections of Ghazals. Kannada Adab is a collection of translations of Kannada language poetry and fiction.[1] Mamoon's poetry collection Aafaaq ki Taraf won the 2011 Sahitya Akademi Award for works in Urdu.[2][3]

In 2004, Mamoon became the first Urdu writer to win the Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti.[1]

Karnataka Urdu Academy chairmanship and removal controversy[edit]

Mamoon served as the Chairman of the Karnataka Urdu Academy between 2008 and 2010.[4] He was removed in controversial circumstances in 2010 for functioning in an 'arrogant manner'. H.S. Shivaprakash, Dean, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University resigned from the Karnataka Sahitya Academy in protest of government interference in an autonomous body.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Shafaat Ahmed (2004-12-12). "Investigations into poetry!". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  2. ^ "Guha wins it for narrative history". The Hindu. 21 December 2011.
  3. ^ "POETS DOMINATE SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARDS 2011" (PDF) (Press release). Sahitya Akademi. 2011-12-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  4. ^ "Chairmen". Karnataka Urdu Academy. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  5. ^ "Twist to controversy surrounding dissolution of Urdu Academy". The Hindu. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-12-24.