New Delhi: Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, eminent scholar, literary critic, theorist, and a world-renowned authority on Urdu language and literature passed away on June 15, 2022, in the United
States on June 15 at the age of 91.
Former chairperson of Sahitya Akademi, professor Narang was a beacon of Urdu language and literature his demise is a great loss and the Urdu world has lost a legendary figure who nurtured the language and literature. He was called an ambassador of Urdu who was born in Dukki, in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
He spent a lot of time explaining and analyzing Ghalib’s, Mir Taqi Mir’s, and later Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s and Firaq Gorakhpuri’s works. He wrote over 60 books and developed ten children’s books called Let’s Learn Urdu in English and Hindi.
Narang was awarded the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) (2012) by the Government of Pakistan and Padma Bhushan (2004) and Padma Shri (1990) by the government of India.
Prof. Narang was closely associated with MANUU from its formative years as the Member of its first Executive Council. In recognition of his services for promoting Urdu language and literature, MANUU had also conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 2009 at its third convocation.