Abdul Qavi Desnavi is said to have had a big influence on the spread of Urdu literature in India.

Google has today dedicated a doodle on its homepage to eminent Urdu writer Abdul Qavi Desnavi. Designed by Prabha Mallya, today’s Google doodle is celebrating Desnavi’s 87th birth anniversary.

The doodle itself is quite simplistic, and Desnavi is prominently seen sitting at a desk writing. Behind him, the Google logo is designed using the Urdu script. Google’s blog tells us how Mallya worked on a few designs before finalizing on this. Some of these concept doodle designs can be seen on the blog.

Desnavi was born on November 1, 1930, in Desna village of Bihar. He was born into the family of scholar Sulaiman Nadvi, and Syed Mohammed Saeed Raza. Who was also a professor of Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages? In St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Desnavi himself was a professor and head of the Urdu department in Saifia College in Bhopal till 1990.

A writer, critic, bibliographer and linguist, Desnavi has over 50 books on Urdu literature to his credit and has also mentored poets and writers like Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood. As Google notes, “His most famous works include ‘Sat Tahriren,’ ‘Motala-E-Khotoot Ghalib,’ ‘Talash-E-Azad,’ and his magnum opus, the biographical ‘Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad,’ celebrating the life of freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.”

Desnavi is also said to have had a tremendous influence on the evolution of Urdu literature and academic thought in India. He died in 2011, at the age of 81.

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