Today، Wednesday، 11-4-2018 marks، what would have been the 80th birthday، of one of Egypt's prominent poet، Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi (Al Kal).
Who is Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi?
Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi was a popular Egyptian poet، and more recently a children's books writer.
He was one of a generation of poets who wrote their work in their Egyptian dialect (in Abnudi's case، Saeedi Arabic) rather than in Classical Arabic، the standard literary language.
This literary stance was associated with a militant political engagement: Abnudi and other writers of this school sought to make their literary production part of the process of development and movement towards popular democracy in Egypt.
He also wore the lyrics of a number of TV and films themes such as 1992’s TV series “Zeeab El Gabal”.
He also wore the dialogue and film songs of the 1986’s film “The Collar and the Bracelet”، and 1969’s film “Shey Min El Khouf”.
Al-Abnudi also wore the lyrics of a number of landmark singers songs such as Abdel Halim Hafez، Najat Al Saghira، Shadia، Warda Al-Jazairia، Majida El Roumi، Mohamed Mounir and Sabah.
Why was he known as “Al Kal”?
Egyptian novelist Gamal al-Ghitani revealed the secret behind "Al Kal" (The Uncle) nickname، when the Egyptian people loved someone and trusted them، they call them “Al Kal”، because the uncle does not inherit and has no personal ambitions، so they called the poet Abdel Rahman Abnoudi “Al Kal ".
Abnudi left our world on 21 April 2015، aged 76، after a long battle with illness.
He was the former husband of documentary and short film director Attiyat El Abnoudy. He later married TV anchor Nehal Kamal. He was the father of two children، Nour and Aya.