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Passing of Saudi Poet Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen, Elderly 75 – Arts & tradition


The Saudi poet and prince, Badr bin Abdul Mohsen, has passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with illness. Born in Riyadh on April 2, 1949 (4 Jumada al-Akhirah 1368 AH), Prince Badr was a renowned Saudi poet whose literary works combined themes of love, pride, elegy, social issues, and politics. His poetry was highly regarded both in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

In 2019, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud honored Prince Badr by awarding him the King Abdulaziz Medal. He was the second son of Prince Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his mother.

Among his notable poetry collections are “What the Sparrow Carves on the Date Palm” (published in 1989), “A Message from a Bedouin” (published in 1990), “Perhaps a Poem” (published in 1996), and “A Glint” (published in 2010).

Several singers, including Talal Maddah, Mohammed Abdu, Abadi Al-Johar, Abdulmajeed Abdullah, Khalid Abdul Rahman, Abdullah Al-Ruwaished, Kazem Al-Saher, Saber Al-Roba’i, and Rashid Al-Majed, have sung his poems.

Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsin is the son of one of the Kingdom’s leading poets and former Madinah governor, Prince Abdul Mohsin bin Abdul Aziz.

Prince Badr is a well-known poet in Saudi and Arab circles and has striven to develop high-level literary content.

He has been president of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts since 1973.

He was educated in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, also studied in Britain and the US, and has worked with prominent Arab singers including Talal Maddah, Abadi Al-Johar, Mohammed Abdu, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, and Kadim Al-Saher.

On the occasion of the World Poetry Day, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay honored the prince for his artistic contributions over the past 40 years.

The event took place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The prince delivered 12 poems, translated into French and English, to an audience of more than 400 cultural figures from around the world. 

Among the attendees were the Saudi minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the Kingdom’s ambassador to France, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari, and the president of the Misk Initiatives Center, Badr Al-Asaker. 

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