Veteran Gojri writer Iqbal Azeem dies aged 81

Srinagar, December 12: Veteran writer, poet and researcher Gojri Iqbal Azeem Chowdhary died today at his residence in Babanagari Village Kangan Village of Ganderbal District last night.

He was 81 years old.

According to family sources, he suffered from a chronic illness.

Iqbal was the grandson of famous Gujjar Sufi Hazrat Baba Ji Sahib Larvi and the son of Ch Mohammad Akbar Bajran.

He was the maternal uncle of former minister Mian Altaf Ahmad.

His Nimaz e Jenazah was offered today at the cemetery near the Zayarat Baba Ji Sahib in Baba Nagri, Wangat, Kangan attended by a large number of dignitaries, Gojri language writers, intellectuals.

Those who attended the last rites and expressed their condolences at the sad passing include Mian Aftaf Ahmad Ex-Minister, Dr. Javaid Rahi Noted Tribal Researcher, Mian Sarfar Ahmad, eminent writers Gojri Abdul Ghani Arif, Ch Hassan Parwaz Mohammad Mansha Khaki, GR Badana, Ch Ishtiaq Shouq, SD Bajjad and others.

Chowdhary Iqbal Azeem was a highly regarded author. He has contributed about a dozen books in Gojri, Punjabi and Urdu. His anthology – Raijh Kawalein was judged best at the state level in a competition held by the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages ​​in 1979.

His main Gojri books are Reajh Kawalein, Kuli ni Faqer di vichoon, Tun aa bhi jaye, Kulyat e Iqbal Azeem and others.

As a researcher and head of the Gojri wing of the Academy, he compiled the first ever monolingual Gojri-Gojri dictionary comprising six volumes in which about a lack of Gojri words are collected along with their meanings in Gojri.

He has been a member of many committees at state level and national level of Sahitya Academy, Ministry of Culture Govt. From India, Sangeet Natak Akademi, J&K Cultural Academy, State Board of School Education.

Naseem Poonchi was born in Wangat village of Kangan Tehsil of Ganderbal district in 1940. He had his early education in Kangan. Later, he was appointed announcer at Radio Kashmir. He left Radio Job and in 1980 he was appointed as a researcher in the Gojri section of the J&K Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages.

He remained as the head of the Academy’s Gojri wing for 8 years. Later, he retired as editor and cultural officer in 2000.

He survived with two daughters and his wife.

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