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Prominent Indian poet Rahat Indori dies of heart attack

Prominent Urdu poet and lyricist Rahat Indori, who had tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, died of a heart attack at a hospital in Indore in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.

The 70-year-old urdu poet was undergoing treatment at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in Indore.

“He was admitted for coronavirus treatment but died after suffering a heart attack,” son Satlaj Indori, also a poet, reports said.

“He (Rahat Indori) suffered two heart attacks today and could not be saved… He had 60% pneumonia,” Dr Vinod Bhandari was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier in the day, the veteran poet, who was quite active on social media had announced Twitter that he had positive for the virus.

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“After showing initial COVID-19 symptoms, I underwent the COVID-19 test on Monday and tested positive for the virus today. I have been admitted to Aurobindo hospital,” Indori had written on Twitter this afternoon.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed grief over the passing of “Indori Sahab”.

Indori had composed lyrics for some popular Bollywood songs like “M Bole toh” from Munnabhai MBBS (2003), Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili from Kareeb (1998), Koi jaye to le aye from Ghatak (1996), and “Neend Churai Meri” from Ishq (1997). His lyrics were used in 11 Bollywood films.

Earlier this year, his poem “bulati hai magar jane ka nahi” had gone viral on social media.

Samra Mazhar

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