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Eminent urdu poet SOHAIL AKHTAR passed away

Bhubaneswar:15/3/19;Eminent  urdu   poet SOHAIL AKHTAR  passed away  on Marc,14,2019,AKHTAR was born on 10th November 1962 in Ghazipur, U.P., India. He completed his earlier education in Jamshedpur and later on obtained Civil Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1985. After serving in difference civil engineering firms in Mumbai, he came to Bhubaneswar and joined Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) in 1992. By professional he is a structural designer and was working as Manager (Design) in IDCO. He has designed many prestigious buildings in and around Orissa.

He started writing at the age of 12-13 but his writing has not been continuous. During engineering education and Mumbai stay, it almost stopped. It picked up a little speed after 1991 but he again stopped writing from 1995 to 2001 for some reasons. After 2001 it gathered momentum and there is no looking back since. But he has been very shy and hesitant in sending his writing to literary journals for publishing the same.

He published his first collection of ghazals in 2008 named “Kaghaz pe Sehra”. The collection was applauded very much in the literary circle and within a year his name was known amongst Urdu literature lovers. Literary journals published enthusiastic reviews on this book. A large number of eminent critics and writers wrote appreciating articles on it. In 2009 he published his collection of poems “Munjamid Aflak ke Saye Tale” which was declared best book on poetry in 2009 by Karnataka Urdu Academy and the academy awarded him for this book. This book too was acclaimed by all. He translated poems of English poet, Bishnupada Sethi into Urdu which was published in 2009 itself by the title “Jaoon to Kahan Jaoon”. His translations too were appreciated by many.

Three literary magazines have brough special issues on him are : monthly QUIRTAS, Nagpur, Maharashtra, March-April 2010 issue no. 3-4, Volume no. 23; quarterly RANG, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, April to June 2010, issue no. 49; monthly SHANDAR, Azamgarh, U.P., Feb. 2010

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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