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Haryana Guv, CM mourn death of poet Alhar Bikaneri
Chandigarh | Wednesday, Jun 17 2009 IST
 
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Haryana Governor A R Kidwai and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of noted Hindi poet Alhar Bikaneri in a hospital at Noida today.

Bikaneri had been suffering from a respiratory disorder and was admitted to Kailash Hospital in Noida, where he breathed his last this morning. He was 72. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. In a condolence message issued here, the Governor and the Chief Minister described Bikaneri as a great poet who would be long remembered for his contribution to Hindi poetry. They conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul might rest in peace.

Recipient of the coveted honours of ''Haryana Gaurav Puraskar'' by the Haryana Government, ''Kavya Gaurav'' by Akhil Bharatiya Kavi Sabha, Delhi and ''Kaka Hathrasi'' awarded by the Government of Delhi, Bikaneri had written about 15 books. Also, he had written not only songs and story of Haryanavi feature film ''Chhoti Sali'', but also produced it in 1986. Born on May 17, 1937 at a village Bikaner in district Rewari, he started writing songs and ghazals in 1962 and took to recitation of humorous poetry within India and abroad in 1967. His poems were published by prominent newspapers and journals and were also broadcast and telecast by Akashwani and Doordarshan respectively.

He was also conferred ''Thitholi Puraskar'' in 1981, ''Tepa Puraskar'' of Ujjain and ''Manas Puraskar'' of Kanpur in 2000. He was awarded ''Vyangya Shri Puraskar'' of Badayu and ''Narender Mohan Samman'' in the same year. He was also honoured by the President of India.

One of his sons, Mr Ashok Kumar is Deputy Director in the Department of Haryana Information and Public Relations and is posted at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi.

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