Renowned poet Abdullah Kamaal is no more

Leading Urdu poet Abdullah Kamal [pronounciation Kamaal] is no more. He passed away in Mumbai recently. He died of cardiac arrest.

Kamal was amongst the last generation of Urdu poets in India that not only had absolute command over Urdu diction but also made full use of the legacy of Urdu poetry from Wali to Meer and Ghalib to Nasir Kazmi.

Abdullah Kamal was 62. He had been associated with different magazines and had two collections of poetry to his name. He was living in Mumbra for a few years and avoided attending events due to his illness.

Tributes were paid to him at a condolence meet in Kurla. The speakers rued that litterateurs are passing away and there are hardly any new poets seen that can fill this void.

Kamaal’s demise didn’t get mention in papers as well as on websites. An esteemed visitor to this blog, Mr Humayun, had drawn my attention towards the fact. I intend to write about him at my other blog.



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