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Siddiqui (real name Muhammad Akhtar) was born in 1928 n Ambala. He was the only
child of his parents and he spent the early years of his life in Ambala and
Saharanpur (UP, India). He used to live with his teacher Habib Hassan in
Amritsar. At age 16, he would regularly attend mushairas. He was also active in
an Urdu majlis (society) formed for the advancement of Urdu literature by Dr. M.
D. Tasir and Maulana Tajwar Najibabadi and attended its mushairas. He attended
the Urs of Pir Sabir of Kalyar Sharif in 1945 and participated in the mushaira
there. At the time of partition he was only 19 years old. In those days with his
slim appearance, wearing pants and boski (yellow silky cloth) shirts, with curly
hair, and reciting beautiful ghazals in a melodious voice, he became a huge
success. He probably had some tragic turns in his life. Sometimes he would have
to sell his ghazals to other poets for a few rupees. He passed away in Lahore on
19 July 1974 at age 46.