February 19, 2010

Noted poet and writer Shafi Shaida expired on Wednesday night 

Srinagar, Feb 18: Noted poet and writer Shafi Shaida expired on Wednesday night. He died of a heart failure and was laid to eternal rest Thursday afternoon at Malkha.

Shaida, 70, was admitted at SKIMS after complaining severe chest pain on Wednesday where he died of heart failure.

He is survived by wife Dr Mehmooda Jabeen, two daughters and a son.

Besides remaining active in politics, Shaida always took keen interest in cultural affairs and had deep insight and understanding of the legacy of Kashmir’s cultural heritage.

He was an eminent poet and a writer who won laurels for the state while his unique way of writing was not only hailed by in the valley but had recognition from across India as well.

A collection of poetry in shape of a book ‘Amaar’ won him the prestigious Sahitya Academy award in the year 1992. He was also named as Convener for the State’s Writers Guild the then CM of the State Farooq Abdullah in late 90’s.

Meanwhile his death has come as a shock to the literary circles of the valley who have poured in rich tributes to the departed soul.

Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) has expressed shock over the death of Shaida in saying that his death has created a vacuum in the literary circles “which is impossible to fill.”

In a statement issued here, AMK held a condolence meeting in which its members highlighted the contribution of Shaida in the field of language and literature.

Terming him as a “prolific writer”, AKM said that Shaida had a unique art of writing and he played an important role in the struggle of preserving and protecting Kashmiri language.

“He fetched the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for his literary collection which was an honour for the Kashmiri language,” AKM said in its statement.

AMK also extended solidarity with the family of Shaida and prayed for the deceased’s eternal peace.

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