People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 24 

June 14, 2009


Karat Condoles Habib Tanvir’s Demise


Prakash Karat, general secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) sent the following condolence message on June 9, 2009, on the passing away of Habib Tanvir.


I EXPRESS my deep sorrow at the passing away of Habib Tanvir, a doyen of Indian theatre, a critic, playwright, actor, director and above all a human being of immense sensitivity and modesty.  His theatre career which won him national and international acclaim began with the Indian People's Theatre Association in Mumbai in 1940s and was marked by a deep commitment to progressive ideas, to the poor and the downtrodden, and to their creative capacities. He remained uncompromisingly opposed to all forms of communalism thereby earning the wrath of right wing bigots, whom he faced with courage, never compromising on the principles he held dear. 


On behalf of my Party, I extend my condolences to his family and to the actors of Naya Theatre which he founded.





Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and leader in Rajya Sabha, sent the following condolence message


I DEEPLY mourn the death of noted theatre personality Habib Tanvir, who had six decades of long association with progressive culture and theatre in the country. He was one of the founders of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and Progressive Writers Association (PWA).


All though his life, Habib Tanvir steadfastly championed the interests of the working people and unflinchingly combated communalism by upholding the syncretic ethos of our civilisation. I express my condolences on his demise.