ShahryarAkhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’ (16 June 1936 – 13 February 2012), was an Indian academician, and a doyen of Urdu poetry in India. As a Hindi film lyricist, he is best known for his lyrics in Gaman (1978) and Umrao Jaan (1981) directed by Muzaffar Ali. He retired as the head of Urdu Department at the Aligarh Muslim University, and thereafter he remained sought after name in mushairas or poetic gatherings, and also co-edited the literary magazine Sher-o-Hikmat. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai (the doors of my dreams are closed) (1987), and in 2008 he won the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award and only the fourth Urdu poet to win the award. He has been widely acknowledged as the finest exponent of modern Urdu poetry (source: wikipedia).

Here is a wonderful ghazal penned by Shahryar:

Hamari aankh mein naqsha ye kis makaan ka hai
Yahaan ka saara ilaaqa to aasman ka hai

This map in our eyes, which house does it lead to
Here, it seems, the entire town belongs to the sky

Hamein nikalna pada raat ke jazire se
Khatar agarche is ik faisle mein jaan ka hain

We had to leave in the islands of the dark night
Although the danger in this decision was to life itself

Khabar nahi hai ki dariya mein kashti-e-jaan hai
Muahida jo havaon se badbaan ka hai

We don’t know if the sea will keep the boat afloat
There is this contract that exists between the winds and the sail

Tamam sheher par khamoshiyaan musallat hai
Labon ko kholo ki ye waqt imtihaan ka hai

The entire city has been enveloped / take over by silence
Open your lips (speak your mind), this is a testing time

Kahan hai usne to guzrega jism se ho kar
Yaqin yuun hai ki woh pukka bahut zabaan ka hai

If he has said, then it will pass by going through the body
This confidence exists as he is a man of his words