Today's Google doodle celebrates the noted Indian poet Kaifi Azmi on his 101st birthday. Google released a doodle featuring Azmi. The doodle shows Azmi addressing a gathering. Google makes doodles either to give tribute to famous personalities or to remember important days. Born in 1919 as Syed Athar Hussain Rizvi in Azamgarh, UP, Azmi composed his first ghazal at the age of 11. As per the Google Blog on Azmi, he got inspired by Gandhiji's Quit India Movement in 1942 and left Bombay to work for an Urdu newspaper. His first collection of poems, Jhankar came out in 1943. He also gained the membership of the Progressive Writers' Association in 1943.
Apart from writing tracks for films such as Haqeeqat,Pakeezah and Arth that went onto become classics, Azmi also wrote widely about the issues facing our farmers and also on communal harmony. The noted Urdu poet was a staunch advocate of women's rights as he not only translated its importance into words but also set up several organizations for empowering women in his native village Mijwan situated in UP. He set up the Kaifi Azmi Higher Secondary School for Girls, the Kaifi Azmi Inter-College for Girls,Kaifi Azmi Computer Training Centre and the Kaifi Azmi Embroidery and Sewing Centre for Women. All these organizations are run by the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society.
Apart from being a lyricist credited with bringing the depth of the Urdu language into Bollywood lyrics, Azmi was also an accomplished screenwriter. He won the National Award and the Filmfare Award for writing the screenplay and dialogues for the critically acclaimed Balraj Sahni starrer Garm Hawa. For his extraordinary contributions in the fields of literature and education, he was conferred with the PAdma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship.
Azmi was married to stage actress Shaukat Kaifi. His children are the famous actress Shabana Azmi and the cinematographer Baba Azmi.