Muhammad Athar Masood
Muhammad Athar Masood is a civil servant with a PhD in Persian. During his master’s studies at Government College, Lahore, he served as the editor of the literary magazine ‘The Ravi’ in 1992. He is also a classical vocalist, having learned music from renowned musicians Ustad Badar-uz-Zaman and Ustad Qamar-uz-Zaman (both Pride of Performance). He has performed on the Lahore station of Radio Pakistan. His published works include ‘Parbat ke Uss Par’ (Urdu translation of modern Persian short stories), ‘Naqsh-e-Masood’ (a compilation of his late father Amjad Masood’s calligraphic works), ‘Doyens of Subcontinental Music’ (articles on music by Rashid Malik), ‘Deewar’ and ‘Jamal Kahanian’ (Urdu translations of short stories by Iranian writer Jamal Mirsadeqi), ‘Maqalat-e-Masood’ (research articles based on Persian sources of subcontinental music), ‘Chandi Garh Tak’ (a travelogue of a visit to India), ‘Naghma-e-Qudsi’ (Ameer Meenai’s commentary on ‘Saut-ul-Mubarak’ by Wajid Ali Shah, with an introduction and explanatory notes), and ‘Hindustan ki Musiqi’ (the text of the keynote address by Abdul Haleem Sharar at the first All India Music Conference, Baroda, 1916, with an introduction and explanatory notes). He also taught at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) from 2011 to 2018. His writings on music, literature, and cultural issues appear in newspapers and research journals in Pakistan and abroad.