Monday, June 8, 2009

Famous theater personality habib Tanvir Passes away

Veteran theatre personality Habib Tanvir died here early on Monday after prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 85. Tanvir died at about 6.30 a.m. at the National Hospital, where he had been admitted about 20 days ago after developing respiratory problems. Hospital sources said Tanvir later suffered kidney failure and his condition worsened. The playwright's funeral will be held here Tuesday, family sources said. Tanvir was a popular Hindi playwright, theatre director, poet and actor. He had written plays like "Agra Bazar" (1954) and "Charandas Chor" (1975). In 1959, he founded a theatre company called the Naya Theatre here. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969, Padma Shri in 1983, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1996, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002. Tanvir was also nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha (1972-1978). His play "Charandas Chor" got him the Fringe Firsts Award at the Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1982.
He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969, Padma Shri in 1983, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1996, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002; apart from that he has also been nominated as a member of the Upper House of Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha (1972-1978). His play 'Charandas Chor' got him the Fringe Firsts Award at Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1982.
Early life and education
Habib Ahmed Khan 'Tanvir' was born on September 1, 1923 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, to Hafiz Ahmed Khan, who hailed from Peshawar.
He passed his marticulation from Laurie Municipal High School, Raipur, and later completed his B.A. from Morris College, Nagpur in 1944. Thereafter he attend Aligarh Muslim University, for a year doing his M.A first year.
Early in life, he started writing poetry and took upon a takhalluz, pen name, Tanvir, and soon he was being called, Habib Tanvir.
Plays
Agra Bazar (1954)
Shatranj Ke Mohrey (1954)
Lala Shoharat Rai (1954)
Mitti ki Gaadi (1958)
Gaon ke naon Sasural, mor naon Damand (1973)
Charandas Chor (1975)
Uttar Ram Charitra (1977)
Bahadur kalarin(1978)
Ponga Pandit
Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya (1990)
Kamdeo ka Apna Basant Ritu ka Sapna (1993)
Zahreeli Hawa (2002)
Raj Rakt (2006) Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya (1990)
Kamdeo ka Apna Basant Ritu ka Sapna (1993)
Zahreeli Hawa (2002)
Raj Rakt (2006)

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