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Legendary Urdu Poet and Critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi Passes Away

The Padma Shri poet had been discharged from a hospital in Delhi on November 23 after recovering from COVID-19.

New Delhi: Legendary Urdu poet and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi passed away on Friday at his Allahabad home, a month after recovering from COVID-19. He was 85.

“He had been insisting on returning home to Allahabad. We reached here only this morning and within half an hour he passed away at around 11,” Faruqi’s nephew and writer Mahmood Farooqui told PTI.

The Padma Shri poet was discharged from a hospital in Delhi on November 23 after recovering from COVID-19.

“But due to steroids, he developed a fungal infection, mycosis, which further worsened his condition,” Farooqui added.

Faruqi’s last rites will be performed at Ashok Nagar cemetery in Allahabad at 6 pm on Friday.

Born on September 30, 1935, in Uttar Pradesh, Faruqi is credited to have revived the Dastangoi, a 16th century Urdu oral storytelling art form.

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His books Mirror of Beauty (translated into English from the Urdu Kai Chaand The Sar-e-Aasmaan in 2006), Ghalib Afsaney Ki Himayat Mein (1989) and The Sun That Rose From The Earth (2014) are among others he wrote in his five-decade-long literary career.

He also received Saraswati Samman in 1996 for his work She’r-e Shor-Angez, a four-volume study of the 18th-century poet Mir Taqi Mir.