Who is Abdul Qavi Desnavi – All you need to know about him

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  1. Introduction
  2. About Abdul Qavi Desnavi
  3. Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s work



Google Doodles are fun and creative. The trend was started by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they designed the first doodle that came on the screen to show that the Google servers were down. Now the doodles have evolved into something more significant than a simple you are offline notifier. Google holds competitions worldwide for Google Doodle. An essential day like the birthday of a scientist, an artist, or a linguist is celebrated by google by dedicating a doodle to the person.

In this article, we will dig into the life of one such person, who recently got a doodle to celebrate his 87th anniversary. The great bibliographer, critic, Urdu author, and linguist Abdul Qavi Desnavi.


About Abdul Qavi Desnavi

Abdul Qavi Desnavi (Right)

Abdul Qavi Desnavi was born on 1st November 1930, in the village Desna, under the Nalanda district of Bihar. Desnavi was the son of Mohammed Saeed Raza, who was a professor at St. Xavier’s College of Mumbai. Mohammed Saeed Raza was an expert in Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages and taught them in the college. 

Abdul Qavi Desnavi had one elder brother Prof. Syed Mohi Raza, and a younger brother Syed Abdul Wali Desnavi. Abdul Qavi Desnavi belongs to the family of Muslim scholar Sulmain Nadvi who is known to be the biographer of Muhammad. 

Abdul Qavi Desnavi (Second from the left)
Abdul Qavi Desnavi (Second from the left)

Abdul Qavi Desnavi got his primary education in Arrah town in Bihar. He completed his graduation from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, where his father was a professor. He completed his post-graduation from St. Xavier’s College too. 

Abdul Qavi Desnavi joined Saifia Post Graduate College, Bhopal, in 1961. There he worked in the Urdu department. He later became the Head of his department at Saifia College. He Retired from his department in 1990 after 29 years of service. Desnavi died on 07 July 2011 in Bhopal.

Abdul Qavi Desnavi (Left)
Abdul Qavi Desnavi (Left)

Abdul Qavi Desnavi had influenced Urdu literature to the extent that it cannot be measured. Desnavi is a well-known figure in Urdu literature. He has more than 50 books under his name. Many Urdu authors and poets have been his students. Some of his disciples are Javed Akhtar and Iqbaal Masood.

Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s work

Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s work spanned from biographies to poetry to fiction and much more. In a career of 5 decades, he has written several classics that contributed to the evolution of Urdu literature. His work is taught in several colleges. Some of his works will remain alive even after several years after he took his last breath, which is the charisma of his writing. Some of his notable and most famous works are:

  1. Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad, which celebrated the life of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It was published in 2000.
  2. Sat Tahriren
  3. Motala-E-Khotoot Ghalib
  4. Talash-E-Azad
  5. Bhopal aur Ghalib
  6. Urdu Shairi Ki Gyarah Aawazein
  7. Bachchon ka Iqbal
  8. Ek Shahar Panch Mashahirs
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Vineet Chaudhary is a content writer with computer applications as his background field. His interests range from writing and photography to going out for trips and rides on weekends.

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