Noted poet, broadcaster and writer Farhat Geelani passes away

Srinagar: Noted poet, playwright, translator, news anchor, feature writer, Broadcaster and television personality, passed away at his Humhama residence on late Tuesday night.
Geelani vigorously fought cancer for the last many years and finally succumbed to the deadly disease on Tuesday night. Farhat is also the father of Additional Director General JK police, Javed Geelani,
His death has been condoled by a large section of society, many civil, political organisations and individuals have expressed their grief over his death and solidarity with the family.
Popularly known as Farhat Gillani, Mohammad Aslam was the son of renowned Persian poet, Mubarak Shah Fitrat.
He spent most of his childhood time in Khanqah-e-Moula itself, in his ancestral house. His youth was spent in Madin Sahib Hawal before moving to Sheikhpora.
He was a poet of Kashmiri language, wrote many articles and radio talks in Kashmiri as well as Urdu. He worked with Press Information Bureau, Government of india and worked with senior people like Jagannath Azad. Under Jagannath Azad’s guidance Farhat Gillani organised a spectacular event, a photo exhibition of Sir Mohammad Iqbal’s life. He also published a weekly magazine called Pragaash featuring fine arts and news about fine arts in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was known for his translations and translated some important ghazals of Shah-e-Hamadan which are set to Sufiana music by many Sufi masters. He regularly broadcast Naatiya Kalam on radio and television. These talks became the talk of the town. He had to stop these because of his health issues.

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