Munawwar Rana

Urdu poet Munawwar Rana dies at 71

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Munawwar Rana, a well-known name in Urdu literature, died of cardiac arrest in Lucknow on Sunday at the age of 71, suffering from several health problems besides throat cancer, according to his family.

His family told the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Sunday that he breathed his last at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

His daughter, Sumaiya Rana, told PTI that her father would be buried on Monday.

He is survived by his wife, four daughters, and a son.

Munawwar Rana’s son Tabrez Rana was quoted in the PTI report as saying: “He was hospitalized for 14–15 days due to illness. He was first admitted to Medanta in Lucknow and then to SGPGI, where he breathed his last around 11 pm. today.

Earlier, Munawwar Rana suffered from kidney and heart diseases.

Munawwar Rana was born on November 26, 1952, in Uttar Pradesh.

The 71-year-old was known for his contributions to Urdu literature and poetry. His poetry was considered accessible because he also used Hindi and Awadhi words in his writings.

The most famous piece of his work was the poem “Maa.”

During his journey as a successful poet, he has also received many titles, including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 for his book ‘Shahdaba’.

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However, the price was repaid due to the rise of extremism and religious intolerance in India. His other awards include the Ameer Khusro Award, Mir Taqi Mir Award, Ghalib Award, Dr. Zakir Hussain Award, and Saraswati Samaj Award

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