Akhtar Saeed Khan, the most prominent poet of Bhopal school of Urdu poetry passed away in Bhopal on Sunday night. Octogenarian Khan was along with Majrooh Sultanpuri, the only supporter of ghazal at the height of progressive writers’ movement.
With his demise India has lost another poet of the generation that had become popular in pre-independence age. A recipient of numerous awards including Meer Taqi Meer and Iqbal Award, Khan was a poet par excellence.
His poetry was a beautiful blend of both classical and progressive poetry. But he never identified himself with any stream. His house in Atte Shuja Khan locality of Bhopal was witness to innumerable ‘mehfils’ and ‘mushairas’ from the era of his father (poet Hamid Saeed Khan). Khan’s brother Azhar Saeed Khan had migrated to Pakistan and was also an accomplished poet.
Jaanisaar Akhtar and Sabir Dutt (in compliation ‘Aaj ki Ghazal’) had bracketed Khan along with the 25 mos important poets along with Majaz, Faiz, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Sahir, Makhdoom, Kaifi, Gopal Mittal, Sikandar Ali Vajd, Majrooh, Jazbi, Nushoor Vahidi, Salam Machlishahri, Majid Amjad, Maikash, Qateel and Jagannath Azad.