Notable Personalities Of Aligarh

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Gopaldas Neeraj, Poet, Recipient of Padma Bhushan:
The name of Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj” has been imprinted as one of the best proponents of hindi literature, who was also known by the name of Neeraj and a great poet with many contributions towards the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. Gopaldas was born on 4th January 1924 in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the Ekdil village of Etawah district. He is so well known because of the credit of easy understanding and also because his writings are quite high standard. In 2007, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan. In 2012 he recently recited a few of his poems in the Spoculit which is a festival of culture in the North India.
Akhlaq Mohammaed Khan
His pen name was Shaharyar, and he is well known as a lyricist of bollywood and a poet in Urdu. Akhlaq used the pen name of Shahryar. He was famous for being an academician of india and has many poetries in urdu written to his credit. Various urdu poems and lyrics have been written by him some of which are from the movies Gaman, Anjuman, Umrao Jaan, and few more. The Jnanpith Award was given to him in 2008, which is also India’s highest award for literature.
Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Unani Physician and Author
Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman is famous for the contributions made for the medicine in Unani system of treatment. The Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval  medicines and sciences was founded by him who had also become the chairman and professor of the Ilmul Advia in the college of Ajmal Khan Tibbiya under the AMU with over 40 years of experience in teaching before finally retiring as Dean Faculty Of Unani Medicine.
Annu Raj Singh, International Shooter
An Indian shooter, Annu Raj Singh in partners with Heena Sidhu captured the gold medal in 10 metre air pistol event in pairs during the commonwealth games in the year 2010. It is the 14th Gold Medal that India got from the category of shooting with Heena and Annu with 384 and 375 points respectively. Belonging to the family of Jadon Rajput family, Annu is presently employed in Air India. Dr S.P. Singh, Annu’s father is a dentist and her mother and brother also are involved in shooting. Vedprakash Sharma, who is her ex.coach is also a shooter at the national level.
Shad Khan, Anchor & Director
Shad Khan, born in 1950 in Pakistan but presently living in America is a renowned businessman involved in the making of automobile parts with the company of Flex-N-Gate Corp located in the state of Illinois in Urbana and is also the owner of a team in National Football League named Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bharat Bhushan, Bollywood Actor, Scriptwriter and Producer
Bharat Bhushan was a producer as well as a scriptwriter and an actor in bollywood, well remembered for the protagonist role in Baiju Bawra in 1952. It was in Meerut, where he was born but grew up in Aligarh.
Qurratulain Hyder, a Padma Bhushan, Urdu Novelist, Writer and Journalist
Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider is a novelist with influential writings in urdu and was a journalist and academician. Haider’s name is among the best literary personalities in the Urdu literature and her work of Aag Ka Darya is the magnum opus, which got published first in 1959 in Urdu, from the city of Lahore in Pakistan. The story encompasses the times of 4th century BC to the times when partition occurred in India. She was fondly named Ainee Apa by her relatives and friends and was Sajjad Haidar Yildarim’s daughter, who himself was a great writer and one of the earliest urdu short story writers of his times. Nazar Zahra was her mother who penned stories in the names of bint-i-Nazrul Baqar first and then as Nazar Sajjad Hyder and wrote novels under the publishers Muhammadi Begam and Syed Mumtaz Ali.
Ravindra Jain, Famous Bollywood Music Director
Ravindra jain is a famous composer as well as lyricist of India, who has also received the award for best music direction by Filmfare in 1985.
Chandrachur Singh, Bollywood Actor
Born in 11th October 1968, Chandrachur Singh has worked in many bollywood movies, who was married to Avantika Kumari, the daughter of Ajai Singh, who owned Glenmoor cottages in Mcleodganj in Dharamsala. Avantika studied in Sanawar in the Lawrence School and their son goes by the name of Shraanajai Singh. The younger brothers of Chandrachur Singh are Abhimanyu Singh and Aditya Singh.