Rehman Rahi

Rahman Rahi or Rehman Rahi(born March 6, 1925, Srinagar) is 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, 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.

Rehman Rahi began his career as a clerk in the government and was associated with the Progressive Writers' Association, of which he became the General Secretary. He was later a sub-editor in the Urdu daily Khidmat. He did an MA in Persian (1952) and in English (1962) from Jammu and Kashmir University where he taught Persian.

He has long been an ardent advocate of the Kashmiri language. On getting the Jnanpith, he said, "I see the award as an honour for my poetry, and above all an honour for the language(KASHMIRI) in which it was composed and for the people who use this language."

Rahi's major published works include:

Sana-Wani Saaz (poems)
Sukhok Soda (poems)
Kalam-e-Rahi (poems)
Nawroz-i-Saba (poems)
Kahwat (literary criticism)
Kashir Shara Sombran
Azich Kashir Shayiri
Kashir Naghmati Shayiri
Baba Fareed (translation)
Saba Moallaqat
Farmove Zartushtan
Seyah Rudi Jerean Manz (collection of Kashmiri poetry)
Koesher Shyiree Te Waznuk Surati Hal (Kashmiri poetry and its parameters).

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