…ek duniya chhor aye hain: Urdu poet Munawwar Rana passes away

…ek duniya chhor aye hain: Urdu poet Munawwar Rana passes away

By
Sarfraz Ahmad//independent journalist 

Munawwar Rana's iconic poem 'Maa' leaves lasting impact on Urdu literature

LUCKNOW: Noted Urdu poet Munawwar Rana passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Sunday. He was on ventilator for the last six days, according to his daughter Somaiyya Rana.

Munawwar Rana, a modern Hindi and Urdu poet.
Munawwar Rana, a modern Hindi and Urdu poet.


Born on November 26, 1952, he left a mark on Indian literature and his work, "Shahdaba", earned him the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 but he returned it due to political reasons. During the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), his daughter and he supported the protesters. He was also in the news during the farmers' agitation for purportedly controversial remarks.

Noted poet Sarvesh Asthana said, “Tragically, the final chapter of Munawwar Rana's life concluded at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, where he breathed his last on Sunday. His passing marked the end of an era, as Lucknowites mourn the loss of a poetic soul who had woven emotions and thoughts into the fabric of Urdu poetry. He was someone who used more of Hindi or Hindustani words in his poetry instead of tough Arabic or Persian words. That's why his poetry was an instant hit among the masses."
Munawwar Rana suffered infection in the lungs and throat in 2017 and was also receiving treatment regularly due to kidney problems for which he had to undergo dialysis.

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