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The Indian Herald

June 9, 2009

Theatre legend Habib Tanvir passes away

One of the leading lights of Indian theatre and a renowned playright, Habib Tanvir, breathed his last in a hospital in Bhopal on Monday.

Tanvir was ill and undergoing treatment in a hospital. He was 86. At the time of his death, he was accompanied by his daughter Nageen. Tanvir's wife Monika Mishra had died a few years back.

Habib Tanvir's demise is a huge loss to the world of theatre. He was extraordinary theatre director who used the talent of tribal and poor rural folk in his plays and in turn entranced generations of theatre-lovers.

Charandas Chor and Agra Bazaar are some of his most well-known plays. His understanding of Urdu poetry, Hindi and Chhattisgarhi dialects apart from his knowledge of music, added to the beauty of his plays that were liked by all sections of society.

He was born in Raipur in undivided India on September 1, 1923. He formed the Naya Theatre in 1959. He dedicated his life to stage and received many awards including the Padma Vibhushan. He was put on ventilator at the National Hospital in Bhopal, where he died on Monday.

TIH Bureau

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