Kashmir's first Jnanpith awardee Rehman Rahi passes away at 98
Kashmir’s renowned poet and first Jnanpith awardee Professor Rehman Rahi died in the early hours of Monday. As per the details shared by the family, the famous poet took his last breath at his residence in the Nowshera area. He was 98 years old. His last rites will be performed at the shrine of Khwaja Habibullah Nowshehri (RA).
Many political leaders express grief over the sad news on social media platforms. Reacting about the same, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that he is deeply saddened by the demise of legendary Kashmiri poet and lyricist Rahman Rahi sahib. He said that the artist will be remembered for his outstanding work forever. In addition, he said that with his memorable and progressive poetry, he has left an indelible mark on the hearts of people. Today, the literary world of Kashmir has suffered a great loss. His death marks an end of an era, Omar Abdullah added.
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President of the Halqua-e-Adab Sonawari (HAS), Shakir Shafi also expressed condolence to the family and calls the event a massive loss to the Kashmiri language and literature,
Know everything about Rehman Rahi
Born in Srinagar in 1925, Prof Rahi was originally known as Abdur Rehman Mir who has always been very fascinated by poetry. He started his career in 1948 as a clerk for a short period of time in the government’s Public Works Department. He was also a member of the Progressive Writers’ Association, where he eventually rose to the position of General Secretary. Later, he started working as a sub-editor for the Urdu newspaper Khidmat.
Talking about his educational background, he completed his schooling at Islamia High School in Srinagar. After this, he did his master’s degree in Persian as well as in the English language from the University of Kashmir.
He was given the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961 for his poetry collection Nawroz-i-Saba. Apart from this, he was also a Padma Shri awardee in 2000.
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