A sad day for Hindi literature


This post pays homage to four great literary figures of Hindi literature who passed away on 8th June 2009.

Habib Tanvir, a very popular Hindi playwright, a theatre director, poet and actor died in Bhopal after long illness. His famous plays include Agra Bazar (1954) and Charandas Chor (1975).

Om Prakash Aditya along with Neeraj Puri and Laad Singh Gurjar were killed when their car collided with another vehicle at Bhopal. These poets have embedded themselves in the Hasya kavi genre.

Sadly, I do not hold much of information about Gurjar Ji, but, Omprakash Aditya and Neeraj Puri were my personal favourites in this genre. The news comes as a great shock to me.

I wrote these lines to pay homage to these late poets and playwrights. May their souls rest in peace. There absence would be more than felt in the literary circuit.



दबे पाँव आए वह
जाने की आहट भी न की।
जाते जाते पर छोड़ गए
अपने शब्दों की झंकार कई।
यादों के इस साये में
हम सब क्या जी पायेंगे?
उनके भावों के सागर में
खो जाने का अभास कहाँ?
खालीपन हर पल खटकेगा
तन सूना सूना सा भटकेगा।
पर उनके गीतों से गूंजेगा
अपने मन मन्दिर का यह दर्पण।





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