Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Culture
10-October-2011 17:59 IST
Exhibition on Ale Ahmad Suroor Collection at National Archives, New Delhi
Padma Bhushan Ale Ahmad Suroor, a doyen of Urdu literature, was born on 7 October 1912 at Badayun – a city renowned for literary personalities of Urdu. An educationist, writer and poet, he adopted the pen name Suroor and became an established critique in the field of Urdu literature. He was among the most balanced, moderate yet forseeing persons, taking along all that was the best from his own tradition, culture and values. His poetry enriched his criticism and his criticism nourished his poetry .His calibre as community leader emerged in early 1930’s, though the academic qualities in him unfolded gradually and culminated with his contribution in the field of Iqbaliyat. Suroor, untiringly worked for the Anjuman Taraqqui-e-Urdu, the Sahitya Academy and the Government sponsored board for the promotion of Urdu.

The present collection of Ale Ahmad Suroor which is the outcome of his passion for preserving literary heritage has recently been received in National Archives of India. It reflects his association with eminent personalities in various fields, be it diplomats, politicians, poets, novelist, theologists or educationists. His collection comprises of correspondence with eminent personalities, rare and contemporary journals, photographs, books and few of his belongings. The highlights of the display are original letters written to him by renowned personalities wherein a special mention may be made of a letter by Muhammad Iqbal which became a source of inspiration for Suroor to analyse new vistas in Urdu poetry. His rich collection contains books in foreign languages like English, German and Russian and also a huge collection of rare books and journals especially in Urdu as well as in Hindi. The collection also comprises the volumes of Tahzibul Akhlaq of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Naqush, Funoon and many more which had a tremendous impact on Urdu culture of South Asia.

To honour the birth centennary of Ale Ahmad Suroor , National Archives of India has organized an Exhibition on the celebrated Poet which is aimed at opening new horizons of research and assist in analysing the multifaceted personality of Suroor.

The Exhibition inaugurated by Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, former President, Sahitya Academy will remain open for the public upto 11th November 2011 in the National Archives of India, Janpath New Delhi.