Famous Urdu poet Tarannum Riyaz succumbs to COVID-19

Famous Urdu poet and author Tarannum Riyaz died in a Delhi hospital on Thursday, battling COVID-19. Her husband, Riyaz Punjabi, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, died in the city last month.

She had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been put on a ventilator in recent days. Born in Srinagar, Dr Tarannum was a renowned Urdu fiction writer and critic and a former news anchor on All India Radio.

Prasar Bharati News, in a tweet, shared the information of his passing.

She was awarded the SAARC Literature Prize in 2014. She obtained her Masters in Urdu and PhD in Education from the University of Kashmir.

In 2015, she was part of a panel of Urdu writers and poets from India and Pakistan. Salim Saleem, editorial member of Rekhta, said that “she was a well-known figure in the world of Urdu fiction. She has written over 15 books in which she has spoken from the perspective of women in a male dominated society. His short stories like “Shahr” and “Hum to doobe hain sanam” were great literary works. She left too early.

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