Rahat Indori(1950-2020): The Gem of Urdu Literature

Yesterday the world again witnessed the passing of other Gem “Rahat Indori” due to Covid-19. His Contribution to Urdu literature will always remain irreplaceable.

Rahat Qureshi(later known as Rahat Indori) was born on 1 January 1950 in Indore to a mill worker  Rafatullah Qureshi and his wife Maqbool Un Nisa Begum. He was the youngest one in the family with three siblings. After completion of his Higher secondary from  Nutan School Indore, he did his graduation from Islamia Karimia College, Indore in 1973. He completed his MA in Urdu  literature from  Barkatullah University, Bhopal and Was awarded Ph.D. in Urdu literature in 1985 for his thesis named as ” Urdu Main Mushaira

He was also a former professor of Urdu language and a painter. Indori has performed on stage (also known as “Kavi Sammelan”) from the past 4 decades. He also had various Shows internationally in Countries like the USA, UK, Australia, and various others.

He was known for writing songs for almost 2 dozen of Bollywood movies and frequently contributed with Musician “Anu Malik” for movies like Ishq and Ghatak. There were many books written by him. some of his books were:

  1. Rut.
  2. Do Kadar or Sahi.
  3. Mere baad.
  4. Chand Pagal Hai.

His a Poem called “Bulati Hai Magar Jaane Ka Nahi” got viral in various Social Media platforms and was used to create videos and Memes.

On 11th of August which was also his last day on this world he tweeted:

Indori has admitted at CHL hospital Indore on August 9th due to Cough, fever, and nervousness. He was diagnosed with Pneumonia. After the test when he got  Positive Corona report he was shifted to Aurobindo Hospital he suffered from Heart Attack twice and took his last breath around 5 pm on August 11.

His contribution to Urdu literature will always remain in our hearts and will always get acknowledgment by current and future generations.

 R.I.P Rahat Indori (1950-2020)

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Published by Kanwaldeep Singh Lodhi Thakur

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