Shahid Kabir was born on 1st May, 1932 in Nagpur in India. His contribution to the world of Urdu poetry took many forms. In 1957 he was the screenwriter for the drama “MIRZA GHALIB” presented in the Fine Arts Drama Competition at Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. He was an active writer since 1952, writing articles, short stories and ghazals for most leading periodicals of India. He gained recognition as a lyricist in Indian films (Hindi/Urdu) and wrote some memorable ghazals for leading singers in the country like Jagjit Singh, Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan, Chandan Dass, Anwar, Aziz Nazan, etc.
His collection of modern ghazals "Charon Aour" was included in the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Graduation Course. His poems have been included in the Urdu texbooks for the XIIth standard as prescribed by the Maharashtra State Board of Education. He was also a member of the Nagpur University Board of Studies (Urdu) from 1991-1995.
In his lifetime, he published a number of books and received many awards, some of which are listed below:
Published in 1958 by Ahuluwalia Bookdepot, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
CHARON-AOUR (Collection of Modern Ghazal)
Published in 1968
MATTI-KA MAKAN (Ghazals)
Published in 1979 (Awarded first prize by Maharashtra State Urdu Academy)
Published in 2000 (Awarded first prize by Maharashtra State Urdu Academy)
PAHCHAAN (In Devnagri script)
Published in 2002 Complied by Sameer Kabir
Shahid Kabir passed away on 11th May, 2001.