Urdu poet and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi dies of Covid-19 at 85 – art and culture



Legendary Urdu poet and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi gave up the ghost on Friday at his Allahabad home, a month after recovering from COVID-19. He was once 85. “He had been insisting to return to his home in Allahabad. We reached here only this morning and inside half an hour he gave up the ghost at around 11,” Faruqi’s nephew and creator Mahmood Farooqui told PTI.

The Padma Shri poet was once discharged from a hospital in Delhi on November 23 after recovering from coronavirus.

“But because of steroids, he developed a fungal infection, mycosis, which further worsened his condition,” Farooqui added.

Faruqi’s final rites will be performed at Ashok Nagar cemetery in Allahabad at 6 pm on Friday.

Born on September 30, 1935, in Uttar Pradesh, Faruqi is credited to have revived “Dastangoi”, a 16th century Urdu oral storytelling art form.

His books “Reflect of Beauty” (translated into English from the Urdu “Kai Chaand The Sar-e-Aasmaan” in 2006), “Ghalib Afsaney Ki Himayat Mein” (1989) and “The Sun That Rose From The Soil” (2014) are among others he wrote in his five-decade-long literary career.

He also received Saraswati Samman in 1996 for his work “She’r-e Shor-Angez”, a four-volume study of the eighteenth-century poet Mir Taqi Mir.

Creator William Dalrymple took to Twitter to mourn the demise of Faruqi.

“RIP, Janab Shamsur Rahman Faruqi saheb, probably the most final great Padshahs of the Urdu literary world. This is such sad news,” Dalrymple said.

Sanjiv Saraf, the founder of Urdu festival Jashn-e-Rekhta, also condoled the death of “the century’s most iconic figure in the realm of Urdu literature”.

“His demise has left us bereaved as an entire generation of literature lovers mourn this loss. I extend heartfelt condolences to his circle of relatives and loved ones,” Saraf said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed. )

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