Google India on Wednesday honoured the famosu Urdu poet, author and literary critic, Abdul Qavi Desnavi through its Doodle.
Born on 1 November 1930 in the village of Desna in Bihar, his literary career spanned five decades as he authored a vast body of Urdu works covering fiction, biographies, poetry, and anthologies. He died on 7 July, 2011.
His most famous works include ‘Sat Tahriren,’ ‘Motala-E-Khotoot Ghalib,’ ‘Talash-E-Azad,’ and his magnum opus, the biographical ‘Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad,’ celebrating the life of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Desnavi also had profound impact on the works of other celebrated Urdu poets including Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Maqsood, both of whom were his disciples.
As the head of the Urdu Department at Bhopal’s Saifia College and a member of several regional and national literary bodies, he exerted a powerful influence on the evolution of Urdu literature and academic thought in India.
Google Doodle said that today’s tribute depicted Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s work, the logo stylized in Urdu-style script. Guest artist Prabha Mallya tried a few concepts before landing on the final design.