By TCN News
New York: The Aligarh Alumni Association of New York has announced that the eminent literary critic, poet and novelist, Mr. Shamsur Rahman Faruqi will be honored with this year’s “Sir Syed Day Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry, Arts or the Sciences.’
This award will be presented at the Association’s annual Sir Syed Day Dinner and Mushaira to be held on October 2, 2010 at Akbar Restaurant, Garden City, New York. The award includes the presentation of a plaque and a cash purse of Rupees one lakh.
Recipients of this award for the previous nine years have been: Dr. Moin Ahsan Jazbi (deceased), Dr. Shanul Haque Haqqi (deceased), Mr. Intezar Husain, Dr. Obaid Siddiqi, Dr. Munibur Rahman, Mr. Shyam Benegal, Dr. Mukhtar Uddin Ahmad Arzoo, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi and Engineer Zakir Ali Khan.
Mr. Faruqi is a figure of towering stature in the field of Urdu Literary criticism. He has an MA in English from Allahabad University. Well-versed in traditions of Urdu literacy criticism he has applied the same principles to Urdu literature.
Mr. Faruqi’s firs novel ‘ Kai Chand thay sar-e-Asmaan’ has been been hailed as a masterpiece and as ‘The Great Urdu Novel’. He is also a poet of great repute.
Faruqi Sahab has received numerous awards including Padma Shri from the Government of India. Besides his novel, his other publications include the following
Sher, Ghair Sher, Aur Nasr (1973)
The Secret Mirror (in English, 1981)
Ghalib Afsaney Ki Himayat Mein (1989)
Sher Shore Angez (in 3 volumes, 1991–93)
Urdu Ka Ibtedai Zamana (2001)
Sawar Aur Doosray Afsanay (fiction)
Kai chand thay sar-e asman (novel)
Jadeediyat Kal Aur Aaj (2007)