Akhlaq Mohammed Khan (born 16 June 1936 Died 13 Feb 2012), who writes under the pen name Shahryar, is an Indian academician, and a doyen of Urdu poetry in India, as a lyricist in Hindi films, he is most noted for his lyrics in films, Gaman (1978), Umrao Jaan (1981) and Anjuman (1986), by Muzaffar Ali. He has been selected for Jnanpith Award-2008 which is the highest literary award in India. This prestigious award will be given to him in the recognition of his contribution for Urdu language. Khan was born at tehsil Aonla, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh in a Muslim Rajput family. His father a was teacher in a state school at Aonla. He received his early education at Bulandshahr and later studied at Aligarh Muslim University. Khan started his career as a literary assistant at Anjuman Tarraqqi-e-Urdu, thereafter he joined Aligarh Muslim University as a lecturer in Urdu, he was appointed professor in 1986, and in 1996, he retired as chairman of the Urdu Department at the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, where he now lives and devotes his time entirely to poetry, and also co-edits the literary magazine “Sher-o-Hikmat” (Poetry and Philosophy). He was awarded the 1987 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection, Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai (1987). In 2008, He became the fourth Urdu writer to win the Jnanpith Award. His first poetry collection Ism-e-azam was published in 1965, the second collection, Satvan dar (Satva yet in English), came in 1969, the third collection titled Hijr ke mausam was released in 1978, his most celebrated work, Khwab Ke dar band hain, came in 1987, and also won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for the year. He has also published five collections of his poetry in Devanagari script.
Shayar of Classic Film ‘Umrao Jaan’ Shahryar is no more