Legendary poet and lyricist Gopal Das Neeraj has passed away at the age of 93 in Aligarh on Thursday. From the prime minister to the president of India, the news has left everyone saddened.
Neeraj was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007.
Here are the top eight compositions of Neeraj, you wouldn’t have known were written by him.
Released in 1970, this film had quite a powerful starcast in Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman and Shatrughan Sinha. Music was composed by legendary SD Barman. Its several songs became a super hit. But this song Rangeela Re remains popular even today. Many even tried to remix the old classic in the recent times.
Another track from Prem Pujari that spoke of Neeraj’s poetic genius was Phoolon ke rang se dil ke qalam se..
Released in 1971, Gambler had Dev Anand, Zahira, Shatrughan Sinha in lead roles. The song Mera Mann Tera Pyasa became legendary because of Mohammaed Rafi’s voice and Dev Anand, but not many knew that the song was penned by Neeraj.
Neeraj penned this heart-wrenching song for Gambler that has gone into musical history. The language and words were so powerful that the song remains popular on sad occasions more than 40 years after it was written.
In 1970, Neeraj wrote Kehta Hai Joker for Raj Kapoor’s classic Mera Naam Joker. You wouldn’t have known that it was the legendary Neeraj, who wrote this popular song.
Neeraj wrote powerful Kaarwan guzar gaya, ghubaar dekhte rahe for Nayi Umr ki Nayi Fasal. The film did not do well but the song became legendary. His song in this film was what had impressed Dev Anand, who signed him for Gambler.
Ab to Mazhab koi aisa bhi chalaaya jaaye, jismein insan ko insan banaya jaaye. This was so apt for today’s politics.
His song Ye Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar from the film Sangam became another all-time classic. His love for simple Hindustani words as opposed to hard Urdu as was the case in the past made his composition unique.