Habib Tanvir, India's noted playwright dies

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Bhopal, Jun 8: Habib Tanvir, the veteran theatre personality passed away in Bhopal on Monday, Jun 8 early morning after prolonged illness, said the family sources. He was 85-years-old.

He died at about 6.30 am at the National Hospital, where he had been admitted about 20 days ago after developing respiratory problems. Tanvir later suffered kidney failure and his condition worsened. Family sources informed to media that the playwright's funeral will be held on Tuesday, Jun 9.

Tanvir was a popular Hindi playwright, theatre director, poet and actor. He had written plays like "Agra Bazar" (1954) and "Charandas Chor" (1975). In 1959, he founded a theatre company called the Naya Theatre here. Sangeet Natak Akademi Award was presented to him in 1969, Padma Shri in 1983, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1996, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.

His had won Fringe Firsts Award at the Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1982 for the play 'Charandas Chor'.

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