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Bashir Badr, born Syed Muhammad Bashir on 15 February 1935, is an Indian poet of Urdu.[1]

Bashir Badr
Born (1935-02-15) 15 February 1935 (age 83)
Faizabad, India
EducationMa , PhD
SubjectLove, Philosophy
SpouseRahat Badr




Badr was born in Faizabad, India.[2] He is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University. He is married and has three sons Nusrat Badr, Masum Badr, Taiyeb Badr and a daughter Saba Badr. [3] He lived in Aligarh university area during student time and teaching time. He also lived in Meerut, U.P When his house was burnt in riots. He lived in Delhi for some time and then permanently relocated to Bhopal. He is currently suffering from dementia and doesn’t seem to remember his Mushaira years.


Badr has written many Urdu ghazals. He has also worked as a chairman of the Urdu Academy, most of them are written included in this website.

The syllabus of M.A.(Urdu) in Aligargh Muslim University included quite a few of his poems while he was studying in the University.


Badr has received the Padma Shri award in 1999[4] for contribution towards literature and Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has also received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection "Aas" in 1999.


He is one of the most quoted shayar in Indian pop-culture.

Popular radio show Ujaale Apni Yaadon Ke on Vividh Bharti derives its title from one of Badr's most popular sher.[5][6]

ujāle apnī yādoñ ke hamāre saath rahne do

na jaane kis galī meñ zindagī kī shaam ho jaa.e [7]

He was quoted by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha to criticise the government on 8 Feb 2018. A day later, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted him again to counter the opposition.[8]


  1. ^ "Full Story". Express Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ "bashirbadr". Kavitakosh.Org. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ "Experimenting always, in style..." Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
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