Habib Tanvir no more

MUMBAI: Habib Tanvir, one of the most popular Hindi playwrights, theatre director, poet and actor, pased away on 8 June at Bhopal after a three-week long illness. Writer of plays like Agra Bazar (1954) and Charandas Chor (1975), Tanvir was pioneer in Hindi theatre.

Says seasoned writer Amrk Gill who‘s written films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Machis, The Jungle Book and Ek Chadar Maili Si , "He was mostly known for his work with Chhattisgarhi tribals, at Naya Theatre, a theatre company he founded in 1959 in Bhopal.

"Born on 1 September 1932, Tanvir had most of his education from England and Europe and was a learned person having learnt dramatics at the Royal Academy of dramatics. A great human being Tanvir was one of the founder members of IMPPA.

A leftist by thought, Tanvir‘s plays were mostly based on the ideology. With his demise, an era has come to an end."

Incidentally, Tanvir was associated with plays like Gaon ka Naam Sasural, Mor Naam Damad and Kamdeo ka Apna Basant and Ritu ka Sapna.

Tanvir was one of the most influential theatre personalities of our times and would always be remembered for reviving the folk theatre and folk art forms.

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