Srinagar: Kashmir’s prominent poet, broadcaster and a Sahitya Akademi awardee Farooq Nazki died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness, family sources said.
83-year old Nazki, the former Director, Doordarshan and All India Radio Srinagar, breathed his last at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital in Katra this morning.
Originally from Madar village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district and son of illustrious Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki , Farooq as a poet ,dramatist and broadcaster made his mark in his youthful days.
His command of both Kashmiri and Urdu was remarkable.
Nazki started his career in 1960 as a journalist in “Zamindar” newspaper- which highlighted the problems of labours class.
A multi-dimensional person, Nazki also served as a media advisor to former J&K Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.
Nazki won the Sahitya Academy award in Kashmiri language literature for his book of poetry, Naar Hyutun Kanzal Wanas (The Forests of Soot are on Fire) in 1995.
He has also won the state Cultural Academy Award for both that work and Lafz Lafz Noha.
His death has been widely mourned.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah said that Farooq Nazki, renowned for his multifaceted talents as a poet and broadcaster, leaves behind an indelible mark as one of the most esteemed literary figures,
“His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come,” the NC leaders said.
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said his words were a beacon of light in the world of literature.
Chairman Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP), Ghulam Nabi Azad said his literary brilliance and media presence were unparalleled.
“His contribution in the field of broadcasting and literature will have an everlasting impact on our cultural and literary treasure,” Azad said.
Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari said today they mourn the loss of a true son of the soil.
“His legacy as a distinguished poet, broadcaster, and media personality will forever inspire, and his contribution towards society, literature, and the Kashmiri language will always be remembered. His passing is a profound loss to the overall society of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bukhari said.
Peoples Conference President Sajad Lone said Farooq Nazki’s departure marks the end of a significant chapter in the cultural and media landscape of Jammu and Kashmir.
“A luminary in poetry, broadcasting and media, Farooq Nazki’s eloquent verses and steadfast commitment to his craft earned him widespread respect,” he observed.