On Sunday, Munawwar Rana, a well-known poet in Urdu, passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Based on information from his daughter Somaiyya Rana, he had been on a ventilator for the past six days.
Having been born on November 26, 1952, he made a significant contribution to Indian literature. In 2014, his work “Shahdaba” earned him the esteemed Sahitya Akademi Award, which he later returned for political reasons. He backed the demonstrators against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with his daughter. During the farmers’ uprising, he was also in the news for allegedly offensive comments.
Poetry author Sanjay Mishra Shauq expressed sadness over Munawwar Rana’s passing by writing, “His contributions to Urdu poetry continue to resonate, leaving a lasting legacy in the realm of literature.” A notable figure in the history of Indian literature was Munawwar Rana. His literary genius was evident in “Shahdaba,” a work of literary note that not only won him the esteemed Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 but also captured the hearts of readers.
Prominent poet Sarvesh Asthana stated, “Munawwar Rana tragically passed away on Sunday at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, marking the end of his life.” Lucknowites lament the loss of a poetic soul who had woven feelings and ideas into the fabric of Urdu poetry, as his passing signified the end of an era. In his poetry, he tended to use more Hindi or Hindustani words rather than difficult Arabic or Persian ones. His poetry became popular with the public right away for this reason.”
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in a social media post said, “The demise of the country’s renowned poet Munawwar Rana is extremely heartbreaking. Wishing peace to the departed soul. Heartfelt tribute.”
In 2017, Munawwar Rana experienced a throat and lung infection. He was also undergoing dialysis on a regular basis to treat kidney issues.