Dec 7: Noted litterateur Nazir Kulgami is no more

State writers’ fraternity mourn the death of renowned poet, critic and translator, Nazir Kulgami, who expired on December 5, 2015 after a brief illness at SKIMS hospital, Srinagar. Nazir Kulgami hailing from Yaripora hamlet of south Kashmir died at the age of 80, leaving about fifty books in Kashmiri language to his credit, besides two poetry anthologies in Urdu.

Nazir Kulgami was amongst the front runner writers of modern Kashmiri literature. A recipient of Sahitya Akademi and State Cultural Academy awards, Nazir also received ‘Shan e Maraz’ 2013 award from Maraz Adbi Sangam, south Kashmir. Besides poetry and prose, Nazir has written many books on language, grammar, poetic meter, and folklore of Kashmir. Nazir Kulgami has also translated Holy Quran and Dewan e Galib besides Othello of Shakespeare into Kashmiri language. His book on metaphors and poetic meter is listed in the syllabus in Kashmir University. Nazir, having a unique voice and style while reciting his poetry, was widely known among common Kashmiris.

Prominent among those who expressed their grief on the sad demise of Nazir Kulgami were Chief Minister Mufti Syed; Cultural minister Drabu; Secretary, Cultural Academy Mr Hajini; Vice Chairman, JKCC Ali Shaida; Director DDK; Director, Radio Kashmir; ex Secretaries of the Academy – Teng, Khalid and Masoodi; General Secretary, AMK; General Secretary, MAS; and President, A R Azad Memorial Trust. 

Report by: Ali Shaida, JK Desk, Srinagar (J&K), Dec 6, 2015,

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