Leading Urdu poet Shamim Hanafi passed away in New Delhi aged 82 due to coronavirus on Thursday.
As being reported, leading Urdu poet, critic, and playwright Shamim Hanafi contracted the coronavirus a few days ago, was admitted to a local hospital in New Delhi where he died on Thursday evening.
Born on May 17, 1939, in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, he graduated from Allahabad University and Aligarh Muslim University.
He has been associated with the teaching department first at Aligarh Muslim University and then at Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi.
Hanafi was famous for his literary contributions to the Urdu language, including writing plays, poetry, and critique.
He translated Abul Kalam Azad’s famous book ‘India wins freedom.’
Some of his own best-selling works include “Manto Haqiqat se Afsaane Tak” and “Jaadeediyat Ki Falsafyana Asas.”
Shamim Hanafi was frequently invited to visit Pakistan as a guest at literary fairs, especially the International Urdu Conference, where his speeches have always been very interesting and insightful to the audience.
Arts Council Karachi President Ahmad Shah expressed grief over the death of Shamim Hanafi and offered condolences to his family.
Mr. Shah said that Shamim Hanafi will always live among us through his work and literary virtue. He also offered prayers for the late Shamim Naqvi.
Condolences messages pour in on social media upon his sad demise.
Sad to know that Prof Shamim Hanafi, well-known Urdu critic, dramatist and one of the foremost proponents of modernist movement in Urdu succumbed to COVID-19. Rest in peace.— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) May 6, 2021
Shocked and saddened. My deepest condolences to his family.— Nonica Datta (@nonica_datta) May 6, 2021
Saddest time for Urdu. First Asif Farrukhi, then Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, and now Shamim Hanafi https://t.co/wWLeDoJwd2— bilal tanweer (@bilaltanweer) May 6, 2021
Devastating news amidst so much other devastation. Alvida Shamim Hanafi https://t.co/tWn6pF8FZX— Ghazal Asif (@ghazalfarrukhi) May 6, 2021