Sadia Dehlvi (1957 – 5 August 2020) was a Delhi-based activist, writer and a columnist with the daily newspaper, the Hindustan Times, and frequently published in Frontline and Urdu, Hindi and English newspapers and magazines. She was a devotee of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz of Ajmer and Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi. She criticised radical interpretations of Islam and called for a pluralistic understanding of Islam. She produced and scripted documentaries and television programs, including Amma and Family (1995), starring Zohra Sehgal, a veteran stage actor.
Sadia Dehlvi was born in Delhi in 1957. Her grandfather was Yusuf Dehlvi and father is Yunus Dehlvi who lived in Shama Ghar on Sardar Patel Road, in New Delhi where she was born. The one-time cultural hub of Delhi, today it houses Bahujan Samaj Party headquarters, (since 2002).
In April 2009 Dehlvi published a book on Sufism entitled Sufism: The heart of Islam published by HarperCollins Publishers, India. Her second book, The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi, detailing Delhi’s Sufi history was also published by HarperCollins, India and released in February 2012.
She edited Bano an Urdu women’s journal for the Shama Group, which published Shama an Urdu literary and film monthly. It eventually closed in 1987.
Dehlvi was a close friend and confidante of the late author Khushwant Singh. Singh’s book Not a Nice Man to Know was dedicated to her. He wrote, “To Sadia Dehlvi, who gave me more affection and notoriety than I deserve.” Singh’s book, Men and Women in my Life includes an entire chapter on her and the cover has her photo. In 1998, Dehlvi produced a television show, Not a Nice man to Know with Khushwant Singh interviewing women from various fields.
Watch her Youtube Channel : The Sufi Courtyard
Dehlvi won acclaim for her television series starring the veteran actress Zohra Sehgal Amma and Family. Dehlvi co-produced and scripted the series, also playing one of the main roles.
Dehlvi was suffering from cancer and took her last breath on 5 August 2020.
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