The literature world has lost another precious gem on Tuesday. The famous writer and Sarangi maestro, Shyam Munshi bid adieu to the world after getting infected from covid-19. He was admitted to the Bhopal’s Chirayu Hospital past few days for the treatment of coronavirus.
Today another renowned author from Bhopal – Shyam Munshi succumbed to Covid. His book ‘Sirf Nakshe Kadam Reh Gaye’ is about Bhopal a city he loved most. I heard him last at the Pari Bazaar when he regaled us with anecdotes about Bhopal and Bhopali culture. RIP Munshi Saab. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/23x6vpSre1
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He was born in the city of lakes, Bhopal on 20 May 1943. None of the Bhopali knows the city better than him; he even knew the city’s rarest facts and even introduced them in his works. Thus, he was also known as the walking Encyclopedia of Bhopal.
Shyam Munshi was well-versed in the Urdu language and also trained in Sarangi under the guidance of Ustad Abdul Latif Khan. He even made a small Sarang and dedicated it to Ustad Latif Khan.
Shyam Munshi: Author, walking encyclopaedia on Bhopal & its culture. Could speak for hours on raagas as well as pahalwans or hakims, tell location of house Jigar had set up Darul Kuhla in Bhopal or tales about ‘majma-geers’ or pahalwans of yore. Khuda Hafiz.
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With his great knowledge about the city, proficiency in the Urdu language, and brilliant poetry skills, he had won many hearts and earned a huge name in the world of art and literature. His popular works were also published in the book “Naksh-e-Kadam Reh Gaye” in which he described the beauty of city Bhopal. “Sarangi Ki Dard” and “Sarangi Humsafar” were few more famous works of Shyam Munshi.