May 5, 2024

Prince Badr Bin AbdulMohsin has passed away… The icon of Saudi poetry

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Prince and poet Badr Bin AbdulMohsin passed away on Saturday, May 4th, at the age of 75. Royal Court of Saudi Arabia has mourned his loss.

Prince Badr Bin AbdulMohsin was born on April 2nd, 1949. He was one of the prominent poets in the Arabian Peninsula, contributing significantly to the spread of his poetry through songs composed by renowned Gulf composers such as Talal Maddah, Abdulrab Idris, and Sami Ihsan.

He was nicknamed the ”Engineer of Word”, an icon of Saudi poetry, as well as an artist and philosopher.

Prince Badr is considered one of the foremost pioneers of modern poetry in the Arabian Peninsula. He exerted significant efforts in composing literary texts that encompassed themes of love, pride, elegy, as well as social and political realities, particularly focusing on Saudi Arabia and the Arab world at large.

His poetry was celebrated by prominent singers such as Talal Maddah, Mohammed Abdu, Abadi Al-Johar, Abdulmajeed Abdullah, Khaled Abdulrahman, Abdullah Al Rowaished, Kazem Al-Saher, Saber Rebai, and Rashid Al-Majed.

The Prince received several honors from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, including being awarded the King Abdulaziz Medal in 2019.

In addition, the General Entertainment Authority honored him in 2019 during an event titled ”Prince Badr Bin AbdulMohsin Night: Half a Century and the Full Moon”.

In March 2021, Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission announced its intention to compile and publish the complete literary works of Prince Badr, as a tribute to his contributions. Furthermore, in March 2023, he was honored at the closing ceremony of the 28th edition of Qurain Cultural Festival in Kuwait, where he was selected as the festival’s personality.

Prince Badr studied between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where he attended Queen Victoria School in Alexandria. Additionally, he pursued his studies in Britain and the United States.

In 1973, he assumed the presidency of  Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts and was appointed as the head of poetry organization in Saudi Arabia. Over several years, he was tasked with writing the opening operettas for various local festivals, most notably Al-Janadriah Festival. His literary works include five collections: “Clouds’ Importance”, “The Witness of Letters”, “A Letter from a Bedouin”, “What the Sparrow Carves on the Date Palm Leaf”, and “Painting.. Perhaps a Poem.”

His complete poetic works were released coinciding with Riyadh International Book Fair in 2022. The collection includes “Clouds’ Importance”, “The Witness of Letters”, “A Letter from a Bedouin”, “What the Sparrow Carves on the Date Palm Leaf”, and “Painting.. Perhaps a Poem.”. This publication was supervised by Badr Bin Abdulmohsin Cultural Foundation, initiated by Ministry of Culture through its Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, and executed by “Al-Mohtaraf Saudi” Company, which works under the supervision of the commission. The company contributed to translating these poetic works into English and French, facilitated by specialized committees, with the aim of globalizing Prince Badr Bin AbdulMohsin’s poetic experience.”

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat

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