Esteemed Hindi and Urdu poet Munawwar Rana has been admitted to a hospital in critical condition and is currently on ventilator support, as confirmed by his family on Thursday.
Rana, aged 70, underwent surgery to remove gallbladder stones, which led to a deterioration in his health. Consequently, he was admitted to Apollo Hospital for further care. In addition to his gallbladder complications, the poet has been battling throat cancer and undergoing dialysis treatment. Rana’s daughter, Sumaiya Rana, explained that her father’s health began to decline after the gallbladder operation and has continued to worsen.
Hailing from the Rae Bareli district, Munawwar Rana is a celebrated figure in ‘mushaira’ circles and is widely regarded as one of India’s most esteemed and beloved poets. His poignant poem ‘Maa’ has garnered significant acclaim for its heartfelt depiction of a mother’s virtues, portrayed through the elegant genre of ‘ghazal.’