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Renowned filmmaker, Muzaffar Ali, is the Executive Director and Secretary of the Rumi Foundation.

Muzaffar Ali was born in Lucknow on 21st October 1944. He is an Indian film-maker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, a social worker. He belongs to a royal Muslim family of Kotwara. His father was the Raja of Kotwara, an estate in Gola Gokaran Nath Sub division of the district Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh and his mother was from the noble family of Sheikhupur. In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his achievements.