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Rehman Rahi
Rahman Rahi receiving Jnanpith Award in New Delhi
Abdur Rehman Rahi

(1925-05-06)6 May 1925
Died9 January 2023(2023-01-09) (aged 97)
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Occupation(s)Poet, translator, critic
AwardsSahitya Akademi Award and Padma Shri (2000)
Jnanpith Award (2004)

Abdur Rehman Rahi (Kashmiri: رَحمان راہی; 6 May 1925 – 9 January 2023) was an Kashmiri poet, translator and critic. He was awarded the Indian Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961 for his poetry collection Nawroz-i-Saba, the Padma Shri in 2000,[1] and India's highest literary award, the Jnanpith Award (for the year 2004) in 2007. He is the first Kashmiri writer to be awarded the Jnanpith, India's highest literary award for his poetic collection Siyah Rood Jaeren Manz (In Black Drizzle). He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2000 by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.[2]

Life and career

Born in 1925, Rehman Rahi began his career as a clerk in the Public Works Department of the Government for few months in 1948 and was associated with the Progressive Writers' Association, of which he became the General Secretary.[citation needed] He also edited a few issues of Kwang Posh, the literary journal of the Progressive Writer's Association. He was later a sub-editor in the Urdu daily Khidmat. He did an M.A. in Persian (1952) and in English (1962) from Jammu and Kashmir University where he taught Persian. He was on the editorial board of the Urdu daily Aajkal in Delhi from 1953 to 1955.[citation needed] He was also associated with the Cultural wing of the communist Party of Kashmir during his student days. As translator he did translation of Baba Farid's Sufi poetry to Kashmiri from the original Punjabi. Camus and Sartre are some visible effects on his poems while Dina nath Naadim's influence on his poetry is also visible especially in earlier works.[3]

Rahi died on 9 January 2023, at the age of 97.[4]

Published works

Rahi's major works include:[5]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Rahman Rahi, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi
  3. ^ "Jnanpith is for the Kashmiri language: Rahi". The Hindu. 11 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007.
  4. ^ Rehman Rahi Is No More
  5. ^[dead link]