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Renowned poet Rahat Indori passes away after testing positive for COVID-19

Rahat Indori, one of the most popular contemporary Urdu poets in India, breathed his last on Tuesday. He was 70.

Earlier today, he had informed his fans on Twitter that he was tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing some initial symptoms.

He was admitted to Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore where he breathed his last this evening.

“Rahat Sahab passed away at 05:00 pm today due to cardiac arrest. Please pray for his soul,” a tweet from his official handle said.

Known for his acerbic one-liners on stage, Indori was a well-known figure of modern Urdu poetry. He also penned lyrics for several Bollywood movies including “Khuddar”, “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S” and “Murder” among others. He collaborated with music director Anu Malik in several films.

Rahat Indori, born as Rahat Qureshi in 1950, was also a former professor of Urdu language. He taught Urdu literature at Devi Ahilya University, Indore after earning his PhD from Bhoj University in Madhya Pradesh.

After getting recognized for his shayari on stage, Indori became a regular at mushairas and kavi sammelans not just across the country but also all over the world. He traveled extensively in the last over last three decades and earned millions of fans with his shayari.