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Wajid Ali Shah

Wajid Ali Shah, the last ruler of Lucknow, was a talented composer as well as a distinguished exponent of Kathak dance. He also had sound knowledge in art and architecture. He created numerous compositions under the pseudonym 'Aktharpiya' and his other pen name was Qaisar. He wrote over 40 books including a collection of poems, a collection of thumris, two collections of ghazals - 'Diwan-i-Akhtar' and 'Husn-i-Akhtar' - and a book on costume and stagecraft used in Kathak performances, 'Bani'. Wajid Ali Shah is also considered the first playwright of the Hindustani theater. He was also the first to conceptualize a zoo and was one of those who conceptualized Kolkata's Alipore Zoo. Deposed and exiled by the British, He died in 1887.

Updated on 18th November, 2015


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