Bharat Vyas – The Prolific Lyricist – II

I welcome the readers to the second part of the series (Yes! there is one more to go) Last week we enjoyed the songs from early days of his career and his associations with some of the prominent music directors, though his most popular associations were left untouched. Today I will highlight his most prominent …

Bharat Vyas – The Prolific Lyricist – I

            (Remembering Bharat Vyas on his 101st Birth anniversary) I was a little disappointed to miss his birth centenary year. But due to confusion regarding his birth date,(I'm thankful to Arun Kumar ji Deshmukh, who confirmed today's date) I cancelled it last month and planned for this month. And I've no regrets! In fact, I'm …

Remembering Poet & Lyricist ‘Jan Nisar Akhtar’

Jan Nisar Akhtar is an important name in the history of Golden era of Hindi film music. As usual, many of his songs were popular that time, but people neither had an easy access (except while watching the movie) to the name of the lyricist, nor were they interested. No doubt, the final presentation of …

My Favourites by Shakeel Badayuni

I was reading about the Filmfare Awards last week, when I came across interesting information about the Hat-tricks in Filmfare Awards. That made me think of Shakeel Badayuni and his 102nd birthday in August. He was the only lyricist from that era to achieve a Hat-trick at the Filmfare Awards. Of course I will detail …

Remembering Gopaldas ‘Neeraj’

This wasn't of course a planned post. His sudden demise brought a wave of shock among Hindi film song lovers. Though he stopped writing for Hindi films way back in 70s, the impact of his powerful and meaningful songs never went away . The lyrics of many of his songs are etched in our memories. …

My Favourites by Prem Dhawan

Prem Dhawan was a multi-talented personality. He was basically a poet and a choreographer, but also a lyricist, a good dancer and a competent music director too. For me, he is one of the most underrated personalities in Hindi film industry. People love the songs penned by him, but majority of them are unaware of …

Romantic Songs by Sahir

Whenever I think of Sahir, I remember his poignant social songs about women exploitation, corruption, hypocrisy and sufferings in the society, especially, the songs close to a woman's heart (I instantly remember, Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua). Many of his songs were actually from his book, Talkhiyan. Those were taken up as a film …

My Favourites by Shailendra

Shailendra (30 Aug 1927 - 14 Dec 1966) was one of the most brilliant, talented & versatile lyricist of the golden era of Hindi film music. He started working at railway workshop in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1940s.He used to write poems and participate in poem symposia. Raj Kapoor was impressed by his poem 'Jalta …