|Mazhar Imam was born on March 12, 1928, in Darbhanga District of Bihar. Mazhar Imam acquired his degrees of M. A. in Urdu and Persian from the universities of Magadh and Bihar respectively. In 1951, Mazhar Imam started working for a daily newspaper named Carvan in Calcutta after which he joined All India Radio and retired from a very senior position in radio and television. Mazhar Imam is respected as one of the modern poets who brought a set of new idioms and a variety of new experiences to ghazal poetry. As Mazhar Imam also wrote criticism, he used his critical faculty to write a kind of poetry that distinguished him from other poets.
Mazhar Imam had authored thirteen books including four volumes of his Urdu poetry namely : Zakhm-e-tamanna (1962), Rishta goonge safar ka (1974), Pichle Mausam ka phool (1988) and Band hota bazaar. In 1994 Mazhar Imam received the Sahitya Academy Award for his book, Pichle mausam ka phool. Mazhar Imam also pioneered free ghazal in Urdu although it could not hold the imagination of poets and their readers as it went against the essential nature of the ghazal. His experimentation with the traditional form of ghazal, however, showed his penchant for discovering the new and supplementing a literary tradition creatively. Mazhar Imam passed away in 2012.Read here all Mazhar Imam sahab’s Poetry collection on Gulzariyat.com