Urdu wordsmith Rahat Indori passes away of cardiac arrest

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NEW DELHI: Famed Urdu poet RahatIndori who wove pain, happiness and love into his verses passed away here on Tuesday leaving behind a huge void in India’s literary world. The acclaimed poet, lyricist, painter, and teacher passed away at Indore’s Aurobindo Hospital, a day after testing positive for Covid-19. He suffered two cardiac arrests today and was also diagnosed with pneumonia.

Indori whose real name was Rahat Quraishi was born on January 1, 1950, in Indore city which is situated in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. After completing his schooling from Indore’ Nutan School, he pursued literature in the Urdu language from Islamia Karimia College.

Rahat Indori

Armed with a Masters in Urdu from Bhopal’s Barkatullah University the veteran poet was awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from Bhoj University in 1985. Indori’s love for ‘Mushaira’ reflected in his thesis ‘Urdu Main Mushaira’ which he followed later in his life with performances of and poetry conferences for over 40 years.

The celebrated literary figure has also been a professor in the Urdu language.

Throughout his career, he travelled widely to countries like Australia, America, Singapore, Canada etc.  to spread the magic of his poetry. Besides his ghazals and poems, Rahat has also penned several books including ‘Rut,’ ‘Mere Baad,’ ‘Maujood’ and ‘Naraz.’

Indori’s famous ghazal ‘Bulaati Hai Magar Jaane Ka Nahi,’ was among those that became highly popular this year on social media sharing platforms, particularly short video making platform TikTok.

Some of his contributions to Bollywood include lyrics of songs like ‘ChoriChori Jab NazreMili,’ ‘NeendChuraayi Meri,’ and ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.’

The veteran poet also penned down a few lines on the situation of coronavirus pandemic in the country earlier in May.

 “Tootahuadilterehavaale mere allah, Is ghar ko tabahi se bacha le, mere allah….vosaath, vo din raat, vonagmaat, volamhe, lauta de mujhe mere ujaale, mere allah,” he had written and shared on Twitter. RahatIndori follows a string of celebrities including actors Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saroj Khan, that India lost in the year 2020.

His body was brought to the graveyard on an ambulance from Aurobindo Hospital. His family members read the prayers while wearing PPE kits following which he was buried under the watch of the district administration and police.

Indori (70) had passed away at Indore’s Aurobindo Hospital on Tuesday.

Chairman of the hospital, Dr Vinod Bhandari said that Indori was hit by two heart attacks and he was also suffering from pneumonia. 

Bhandari further said Indori was admitted to the hospital on suspicion of coronavirus on Sunday, following which he tested positive for the virus on Monday.

The 70-year-old lyricist has penned the lyrics of several Bollywood songs for movies like ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’, ‘Murder’ and others. He is survived by his wife Seema Rahat and four children. (ANI) Comedian Kapil Sharma on Wednesday took to social media to offer his tribute to the acclaimed poet. Sharma on Instagram shared a picture with the renowned poet, who had once come on his talk show as a guest. Alongside the picture, he noted down poetry in Hindi as a tribute to the late poet.
Actors like Anupam Kher, RandeepHooda, Farhan Akhtar, and others mourned the demise of the acclaimed poet. (ANI)