Monday, June 08, 2009

Noted playwright Habib Tanvir dead

Just a few days ago writer Kamala Suraiyya aka Kamala Das passed away. Today I read that theatre personality Habib Tanvir is dead. I have not seen his plays but I have seen him act in some films. I was always fascinated by his slim, pipe-smoking persona. Somehow, I placed him in a group of artists such as Kaifi Azmi and A K Hangal.

Veteran theatre personality Habib Tanvir died in Bhopal early on Monday after prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 85.

Tanvir died at about 0630 hrs IST 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 in Bhopal on 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.


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