Former Director Doordarshan, Poet Farooq Nazki, Voice Of India In Kashmir valley, Dies In Jammu Hospital.
Former Director Doordarshan, Poet Farooq Nazki, Voice Of India In Kashmir valley, Dies In Jammu Hospital.

Renowned poet Farooq Nazki, known as the voice of India in the tumultuous Kashmir valley, has passed away in a Jammu hospital at the age of 82. Battling various health issues, including lung and kidney complications, for the past four years, Nazki breathed his last in Katra, where he had relocated to live with his son, a doctor at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital. His demise occurred on Tuesday morning, surrounded by his daughters.

Born on February 14, 1940, in Maddar village, Bandipora district, Farooq Nazki’s life was marked by profound contributions to literature, broadcasting, and Kashmiri culture. Despite facing challenges, his journey from his humble beginnings to becoming the Director of Doordarshan and AIR Srinagar showcased his extraordinary trajectory.

Nazki’s legacy extends beyond his professional accomplishments. His eloquent poetry, capturing the essence of Kashmir’s beauty and anguish, earned him accolades, including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995. His influence in journalism, his commitment to public service, and his dedication to nurturing literary talent through various roles underscored his multifaceted personality.

In addition to his literary contributions, Farooq Nazki’s resonant voice and eloquence in broadcasting played a pivotal role in bringing Kashmiri literature to a wider audience. Even in his later years, despite health challenges, he remained active in cultural and literary circles, leaving an enduring legacy.

Farooq Nazki’s impact transcends his time, as his words continue to resonate in the hearts of those touched by his poetry, and his contributions remain integral to shaping the cultural landscape of Kashmir.

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