Prof Jagan Nath Azad

Academic & Literary Work

 
Academic & Literary Activities | Editorial & Compilation Work On Books | Biography & Autobiography | Drama | Trabelogues | Miscellaneous Works


Academic & Literary Activities

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Having enrolled for BA at Gordon College (Rawalpindi), Azad established Bazm-e-Adab at the College with support from the Vice Principal, Rev J B Cummings, and help from friends. The Bazm held regular meetings & mushairas and special events. One such event of note was the celebration of Yom-e-Prem Chand. He also served as editor of the Gordonian - the College magazine.

At the age of 23, he was appointed to the post of Editor of Adabi Duniya (Lahore) and, up till the partition of India in 1947, he had served as Assistant Editor of the Urdu daily Jai Hind (Lahore), worked as a stringer for the daily Tribune (Lahore) and, for the first few months of 1947, taught Urdu to BA level students at D A V College, University of Punjab, Lahore.

Azad's first posting in the independent India was that of Assistant Editor of the Urdu dialy Milap (New Delhi) followed by Editor of the English fortnightly Employment News (Govt of India publication).

Career development took him to Government Service in 1948, but his literary efforts (including his research & writings on Iqbal) and association with literary & academic organisations continued throughout. It was during this period that he was involved in organising the Urdu Exhibition of 1961 on behalf of Government of India's Press Information Bureau - an unprecedent event that brought a treasure trove of some of the rare and historical documents, together with modern books, periodicals & photographs of poets, prose writers, academics & journalists under one roof for public viewing.

On retirement from the Government Service in 1977, Azad accepted University of Jammu's offer of Headship of the Department of Urdu & posting as Professor at the University in Jammu. The University honoured him with the award of Deanship of the Faculty of Oriental Learning in 1980 & Emeritus Fellowship in 1984, and facilitated his literary work with the provision of personal accomodation and staff till his demise on 24 July 2004.

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Editorial Work on His Father Tilok Chand Mehroom's Books

Title
Year

Maharishi Darshan

1937

Ganj-e-Maani

1932. 1957, 1995

Rubaiayt-e-Mehroom

1947, 1954, 1971, 1995

Nairang-e-Maani

1960, 1964, 1996

Shola-e-Nawai

1960, 1965

Karwan-e-Watan

1960

Bahar-e-Tifli

1960

Bachchon Ki Duniya

1964, 1967

Tilok Chand Mehroom (Compilation of literary critique of Mehroom's work by various authors)

1959

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Biography & Autobiography

Title
Year

Mere Guzashta Roz-o-Shab

1965, 1992

Hayat-e-Mehroom

1987

Batein Hamaari Yaad Rahein

 

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Drama

Title
Year

Radio Feature (Urdu Play)

1977, 1992

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Travelogues

Title
Year

Junoobi Hind Mein Do Hafte

1951

Pushkin Ke Des Mein

1986

Columbus Ke Des Mein

1987

Phir America Aur Canada Mein

 

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Miscellaneous

Title
Year

Aankhen Tarastian Hain (Articles on personalities from the past who affected Azad's life & thinking)

1981, 1982

Nishan-e-Manzil (Research & Literary Critique)

1982

Apni Mehfil Apne Dost (Articles on modern personalities who affected Azad's life & thinking)

2003

Fiqr-o-Fan (Articles on Iqbal & other literary figures who affected Azad's life & thinking)

2003

Ta'amir-e-Fiqr
(Divided into four Sections: 1. Iqbal; 2. Tanqeed Aur Tehreeq; 3. Urdu Ke Muttaliq; 4. Thoughts on Poetry & Prose)

2003

Kuchh Firaq Ke Baare Mein [Life & work of Firaq Gorakhpuri (1896-1982)]

 

Kuchh Josh Maliahbadi Ke Baare Mein [Life & work of Josh Malihabadi (1898-1982)]

 

Stray Thoughts on Urdu Literature (Literary critique)

 


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