Indore: The 70 years old, famed Urdu poet and Bollywood lyricist, Dr Rahat Indori passed away due to two heart attacks on Tuesday, August 11, a day after testing positive for Covid-19. He was suffering from various other ailments like hypertension, diabetes and cardiac issues.
He had himself confirmed the news of being positive for Covid-19 by his tweet on Tuesday morning and asked people to pray for his speedy recovery. He also added not to call him or his family members as his health status would be updated on Twitter or Facebook.
"Rahat Sahab" as called by his admirers, was born on January 1, 1950, in Indore. His schooling was done from Nutan school in Indore. Thereafter, he completed his graduation from Islamia Karimia College, Indore. He even did an MA in Urdu literature from Bhopal in 1975 and was also awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University of Madhya Pradesh in 1975 for his thesis 'Urdu mein mushaira'.
He had started performing in mushairas and delivering shers from the college days itself. He was also a pedagogue of Urdu literature.
Dr Rahat Indori was an unmatched mushaira star known not only for his illustrious shayari but also for his fierce poems and writings. When on stage reciting his poems his vigour and energy was unmatched. Indian historian, Sirfan Habib, tweeted saying "he was one of the most fearless voices around".
He had inspired young & old for years through his poetry and powerful words. The lines from one of his performances, "Bulati h magar jane ka nai" went viral on various social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook during the valentines week this year and even became a trending tagline for several memes.
His sudden demise is an irreplaceable loss to the world of poetry and is being felt by all. Singers like Anoop Jalota, Vishal Dadlani and many other tweeted expressing their grief over his demise. Various politicians like Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot and fellow poets mourned the loss of poet on social media.
Rahat Sahab had inspired young & old and his voice and poetry will be remembered for years and generations to come.