Rahman Rahi, born on 6th May 1925 is one of the most eminent poets and critics of the Kashmiri language. Through his work, he has profoundly enriched and influenced Kashmiri language – thereby making significant contribution in the Indian literary field. His evolution as a serious student of literature and his emotional experience of life in general made him veeraway from commitment to any regimentation in literature, thought orbelief.Some of his notable creations include ‘Nauroz-e-Saba’ (The Morning Zephyr), ‘Sanaweni Saaz’, ‘Siyaah-Rooda-Jaren Manz’. Rahi’s critical essays in ‘Kahwat’ (Touchstone) are considered to have developed an indigenous critical idiom for Kashmiri. His other two books on literary criticism are ‘Shaar Shinasee’ and ‘Kashir Shayiree Ta Waznuk Soorati Hal’.
Rahi has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, which include Sahitya Akademi Award, Emeritus Fellowship by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India. Sahitya Akademi also conferred its highest honour, the Fellowship, on Rahi and Government of India honoured him with Padamshri.