Dosti jab kisi say ki jaye-
dushmanon ki bhi raaye li jayee-
mere mazi kay zakham bharhe lagay-
aaj phir koi bhool ki jaye 

[Rahat Indori]

Noted Urdu poet and lyricist Dr. Rahat Indori passed away in Indore on Tuesday afternoon. He was 70 years of age.

Early on Tuesday morning, Indori who was hospitalised, had tweeted, ''After displaying initial symptoms of Covid. I underwent a corona test yesterday and have tested positive.

Several Bollywood celebrities also took to social media to express shock and grief at Indori's demise. Javed Akhtar shared, ''Rahat sahab's demise is an irreparable loss for contemporary Urdu poetry and our society at large.

Like Habib Jalib, he was from the fast disappearing tribe of poets and who are never short of courage to call spade a spade.''

Earlier this year, Indori's poem Bulati Hai Magar Jaane Ka Nahi went viral on social media, rendering him a sensation amongst the youth.

''Janazee par mere likh dena yaroon-mohabaat karnewala jaa raha hai, Alvida, Rahat Indori,'' tweeted lyricist Manoj Muntashir from his verified account, quoting the late poet.

Music composer Vishal Dadlani also chimed in :
''How does one state the depth of the loss of someone like Dr. Rahat Indoori sahab?

His words were like flames of revolution contained in the muslin of language. He will not just be remembered, he will be commemorated,'' tweeted the musician.

With a 50-year career in poetry, Indori was known for the lyrics of songs like M Bole Toh from Minabhai MBBS [2003], Chori Chori Jab Nazreen Milli from kareeb [1998] , Koi Jaye Toh Le Aaye from Ghatak [1996] and Neena Churai Meri from Ishq [1997].

The World Students Society thanks News Desk/The Express Tribune.


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