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Sahir Ludhyanvi

Author, Urdu
Sahir Ludhyanvi (1921–1980) was the pen name of Abdul Haiy, who wrote in Urdu, a language widely spoken on the Indian subcontinent. Born in the Punjab, Sahir came of age before World War II, when the region was emerging from British rule, and his work often carries political undertones. Sahir’s popularity in the Urdu-speaking world rests on only two books: Bitterness, a collection of short poems, and Shadows Speak, a longer poem of protest. After Pakistan and India became independent, Sahir became a successful song writer in the Bombay film industry.