Mazhar Imam (1928 – 2012), born in Darbhanga District of Bihar in the year 1928, was an Urdu poet and critic. After obtaining M.A. degree in Urdu from Magadh University and M.A degree in Persian from University of Bihar, he joined Carvan, a Kolkata based daily in 1951 and thereafter worked as a school teacher before joining All India Radio in 1958 which institution he served for three decades. He retired as Director, Doordarshan, Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) in the year 1988. He had authored thirteen books including four volumes of his Urdu poetry namely - Zakhm e tamanna (1962), Rishta goonge safar ka (1974), Pichle Mausam ka phool (1988) and Band hota bazaar. In 1994 he received the Sahitya Academy Award for his book, Pichle mausam ka phool. He innovated the Azad Ghazal genre in Urdu poetry.
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