Noted Urdu Poet and Bollywood Lyricist Rahat Indori dies at 70

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A painter turned professor, poet and Hindi film Lyricist Dr. Rahat Indori died on Tuesday after having a heart attack. He was reportedly tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to Indore’s Aurobindo hospital, where he took his last breath.

“After initial symptoms of COVID-19, my corona test was done yesterday which came out positive. Pray that I defeat this disease as soon as possible,” Rahat Indori said in what would be his last tweet.

Rahat Indori was a Pedagogist of Urdu Literature in Indore University before his finesse was recognized by the Hindi film industry and the listeners of Urdu poetries. A meticulous gentleman with an abundant philosophical inclination and political courage, which can be seen in his ghazal- ’Agar khilaf hain hone do jaan thodi hai’. This particular ghazal contains an undeniably tweet worthy lines- ‘‘Sabhi ka khoon shamil yahan ki mitti me, Kisi ke baap ka hindustan thodi hai’. Indori’s poetries never failed to have combative patriotic elements in them. In his career, mostly between 1995-2005, he was a regular feature in mainstream Bollywood, composing lyrics for films like Mission Kashmir and Munnabhai MBBS. Born on January 1, 1950, Rahat Indori gained honors and laurels for his Urdu poetries that on many episodes tickled the funny bones of the audience.

One of his remarkable ghazal of all time is, “Aankh main paani rakho, hothon pe chingaari Zinda rehna hai to tarkeebein kai saari rakho Raat ke patthar se badhkar kuch nahi hai manzilein Raaste awaz dete hain Safar jaari rakho”

On his demise many hearts will be broken, many pens will spill the ink, many minds will go silent. Even though he has left us his words will echo in our hearts for a long time.

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