Harichand Akhtar

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Pandit Harichand Akhtar
ہری چند اختر
Born Hari Chand
15 April 1901
Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Died Delhi, India in 1958.
Nationality Indian
Occupation Journalist
Known for Urdu poetry

Pandit Harichand Akhtar (1901-1958),[1][2] ( urdu:ہری چند اختر )( hindi: हरिचंद अख़तर ) was a well-known journalist who was also a renowned Urdu Ghazal poet. He was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, on 15 April 1901. He was fluent in the use of Urdu, Persian and English languages. Having passed the Munshi Fazil Examination soon after Matriculation, he obtained M.A. (English) degree from the Punjab University, Lahore. He spent a greater part of his life in Lahore writing for Paras, Lahore, the Newspaper that was then owned and edited by Lala Karam Chand;[3] he was also employed in the office of the Punjab Legislative Assembly. After the formation of Pakistan he shifted to Delhi where he died on 1 January 1958.[4]

Pandit Harichand Akhtar was a poet whose focus genre was ghazal. He was a conventionalist but his manner was unique for simplicity. His collection of ghazals titled Kufr o Imaan was published during his lifetime.


  1. ^ Urdu Authors: Date list as on 31-05-2006 – S.No.746 – Hari Chand Akhtar maintained by National Council for Promotion of Urdu, Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development http://www.urducouncil.nic.in/urdu_wrld/u_auth/index_all.htm
  2. ^ http://www.globalurduforum.org/authors/view 4865
  3. ^ http://www.apnaorg.com/clumns/column-44.html
  4. ^ Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Urdu Literature (2 Vols.set)- Page 28 https://books.google.com/books?isbn=8182201918