KARACHI: Renowned Urdu poet and writer Dr Rehan Azmi passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.
Noted for his heart-wrenching nohas and marsias, Dr Azmi also has to his credit a vast collection of poems.
Some of his popular works include Bargah-e-Aqeedat, Tehzeeb-e-Manqabat, the three-volume series of Aik Anso Karbala Mein, Hurriyat-e-Fikr, Lalu Kheeti Ki Diary, Nawai Minbar and Chaar Misray.
Dr Azmi also wrote lyrics for numerous songs, including the popular Hawa Hawa sung by Hasan Jahangir.
He authored over 25 books and 4,000 songs.
Many of his works were translated to Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Roman.
Dr Azmi was born in 1956 in Karachi and began his literary career in 1974. Throughout his career, he was presented with multiple awards and certificates.
In 1997, his name was included among the speediest poetry writers in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Dr Azmi also served as the head of the Urdu department at the Group of Ali Ali Schools and the central secretary of the
In addition to his literary and journalistic services, Dr Rehan served as the head of the Urdu department at the Group of Ali Ali Schools. He also worked as the central secretary of the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM).
MWM secretary general Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari and MWM provincial secretary General Allama Baqir Abbas Zaidi, expressing grief over Dr Azmi's demise, termed it an "irreparable loss".
Dr Azmi's funeral prayer will be offered today (Wednesday) after Maghrib in the mosque adjacent to Markazi Imambargah Jaffer-e-Tayyar.
He has left behind two sons.
Newspaper: The Express Tribune