Prominent scholar Naiyer Masud passes away

Prominent scholar Naiyer Masud passes away

In 2007, Mr Masud received the Saraswati Samman, India’s highest literary award
25 Jul, 2017

Short story writer and scholar of Persian and Urdu, Naiyer Masud, passed away on Monday in Lucknow, India, at the age of 80.

Mr Masud was born on Nov 16, 1936 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to Professor Masud Hasan Rizvi Adeeb, a professor of Persian at Lucknow University, and Husn Jahan Rizvi. He did his BA from Lucknow University in 1953 and his MA in 1955.

He pursued two PhD degrees, one in Urdu from Allahabad University, the other in Persian from Lucknow University. Mr Masud retired as head of the Persian department of Lucknow University and is considered one of the top short story writers of modern times. He was considered to be an authority on Mir Anis.

He married Sabeeha Khatoon Rizvi on Sept 30, 1971 and had four children Timsal, Durdana, Saima and Samra.

In 2007, Mr Masud received the Saraswati Samman, India’s highest literary award and he has to his credit several collections of stories — Seemiya, Itr-i Kafur, Ta’us Chaman ki Mayna and Ganjefa.

Mr Masud is also credited with translating Franz Kafka’s work into Urdu titled Kafka ke Afsane.

Naiyer Masud’s work has also been translated into English, Finnish, French, and Spanish.

Originally published in Dawn, July 25th, 2017


Citizen of karachi Jul 25, 2017 11:42am
Rest in Peace. Lucknow's 'shaam' will run less brighter.
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Huda Rashid Jul 25, 2017 11:52am
Great loss for the Urdu academia of Sub-continent. RIP Naiyer sahab.
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Azmeen Jul 25, 2017 12:46pm
Innna Lillahe Wa Inna Alihe Rajoon. May his soul rest in eternal peace, aameen.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 25, 2017 06:48pm
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