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Iconic Urdu writer Shamsur Rahman Faruqi passes away

Noted Urdu writer, poet, and critic, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, 85, breathed his last at Allahabad in the northern Uttar Pradesh state of India on Friday morning.

He passed away a month after recovering from COVID-19, according to his family.

“We reached Allahabad and father transitioned peacefully,” Faruqi’s daughter, Mehr, said on Twitter.

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi has a long list of literary and cultural roles to his credit.

His literary works include Mirror of Beauty (translated into English from Kai Chaand Thay Sar-i-Aasmaan in 2006), Ghalib Afsaney Ki Himayat Mein (1989), and The Sun That Rose From The Earth (2014), and many other books.

He was born on September 30, 1935, in Uttar Pradesh, Faruqi is attributed to have revived ‘Dastangoi’, a 16th-century Urdu oral storytelling art form.

He started  a widely acclaimed literary magazine Shabkhoon in the 1960s,

With his demise, a five-decade-long literary era of Urdu literature comes to an end. The magazine ran successfully for 40 years.



Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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