Lovers of the Urdu language mourned the passing away of renowned Indian poet Rahat Indori, who was for more than four decades a major attraction at poetic symposiums.
The 70-year-old poet died of a heart attack on Tuesday at a hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19.
Indori was laid to rest in the city of Indore in central India.
"Rahat Indori was a very important poet. His inimitable style of recital won him fans wherever he attended events. He was invited to mushairas (poetic symposiums) not only in India but also abroad where Urdu speakers live," said Syed Sirajuddin Ajmali, professor of Urdu at Aligarh Muslim University.
Indori also wrote lyrics for some Bollywood movies.
Many of his fans, including politicians and celebrities, recalled their interactions with him at mushairas and quoted his couplets in tributes on social media.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described Indori's demise as a huge loss to the literary world.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing away of popular Urdu poet Rahat Indori-ji. He was an outstanding personality of Urdu literature. He touched the hearts of people with his memorable poetry," Singh said in a tweet.
"This is a personal loss," member of parliament Asaduddin Owaisi said on Twitter.
Indori's appeal cut across national borders.
In Pakistan, where the national language is Urdu, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry quoted a couplet in paying tribute to him and said the "Subcontinent lost a legend". - Bernama