Rahat Indori, a famous Urdu poet died of a heart attack at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on Tuesday while being treated for COVID-19, his son said. The poet was 70 years old.
His son Satlaj Indori, also a poet, told PTI ,”He was admitted for coronavirus treatment but died after suffering a heart attack.”
The teacher-turned-poet had tested positive for COVID-19 so had been admitted to hospital on Tuesday morning. Manish Singh, the Indore District Collector, said that Rahat Indori was undergoing treatment at the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences.
After testing positive for coronavirus lyricist-poet tweeted and said he will keep everyone updated through social media. He wrote in his last post, “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.”
Lyricist Swanand Kirkire told PTI, “He was a giant for me. He was a great Urdu scholar. He was a fearless voice of our times. He said whatever he wanted to say fearlessly, always. If you have to compare a western rockstar to anyone that would be Rahat saab. People used to sit till 3 in the morning to listen to him in mushairas. If he read his poem a bit early, the halls would empty out.”
Director-Writer-poet Gulzar said,Indori was the soul of Mushaira. “’Mushaira loot ke le gaye” is a saying in Urdu. Toh Rahat saab mushairon ke lootere the (he stole the thunder at symposiums).
Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar said Indori”s death “an irreparable loss” to contemporary Urdu poetry and society at large. Like Habib Jalib, he was from the fast disappearing tribe of poets who are never short of courage to call a spade a spade.