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Sahitya Akademi award-winning poet, writer and journalist G N Khayal passes away

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Dir Info, JD Info pay tributes

Srinagar: Sahitya Akademi award winner and veteran journalist from Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Khayal died here on Sunday. He was 85.

Khayal, who was given the national award for his book ‘Gaashik Minaar’ in 1975, breathed his last at his residence here, a relative of his said. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. All his children are working abroad.

Khayal has authored more than 30 books and started his career as a news reader in Radio Kashmir in 1950s.

Several social, political and cultural organizations have expressed condolences on his demise.

Director Information, Minga Sherpa in his condolence message, said that the Late Khayal Sahab was among the pioneers of journalism in Jammu and Kashmir who made significant contributions to the society. He added that Khayal Sahab was a prolific writer who revolutionized the literary field with his writings which reflected the different facets of the society.

The Director further said that his death has created a void in the literary field and journalistic cycles of Jammu and Kashmir. He also expressed his deep sympathies with the family of Khayal Sahab and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

The Joint Director Information Kashmir, Mohammad Aslam also expressed heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Deputy Director Information & PR, Field Publicity Officer, Culture Officer & officials of the department also shared their grief over the demise of the renowned scribe and offered condolence with the family over the irreparable loss.

Kashmir Images family pays tributes to the veteran writer and journalist and prays for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Srinagar: Ghulam Nabi Khayal has the distinction of writing India’s first 104-episode Soap Opera, Shabrang, which was telecast on Door Darshan Kendra Kashmir (DDK).

The opera, which was a super-duper hit, was produced and directed by Farooq Nazki, another great poet and author and former director of  DDK.

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