Gopaldas Neeraj

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Poet Gopaldas Neeraj

Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj', (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj), born in 1925 in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India,[1] is among the best-known[citation needed] poets and authors in Hindi literature. He is also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He was born in the small village The famous poet of Hindi Sri Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj' was born in Puravali near Mahewa of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1924.[citation needed] He wrote under the pen name "Neeraj". His style is considered easy to understand, but has also been compared with high quality Hindi literature. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2007.[2] Recently he recited some of his works at North India's premier annual cultural festival, Spoculit 2012.[citation needed]

Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh.[citation needed] Several of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies and are considered famous. He wrote songs for several Hindi Movies and attained a unique position as a songwriter who wrote with equal facility in both Hindi and Urdu.

In the television interview, Gopaldas Neeraj called himself an unlucky poet which led to his stopping himself from writing film songs and confining himself to just writing and getting his poems published. The reason for this mentioned by him was that at least two or three prominent Music Directors of the Hindi Film Industry for whom he wrote very successful and popular songs, had expired. He mentioned the death of Jaikishan of the Music Duo Shankar-Jaikishan as well as of S.D.Burman or Sachin Dev Burman, for both of whom he had written highly popular film songs. The deaths of these Music Directors when they as well as Gopaldas Neeraj were at the peak of their popularity, left him very depressed and he made a decision to quit the film industry.[citation needed]

As of 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.[3]

Poems used in movies[edit]

E Bhai Jara dekh ke Chalo, Sung by Manna Dey, Film, Raj Kapoors, "MERA NAAM JOKER"
Dhiire se jaanaa khaTiyan me.n o khaTamal Chhupa Rustom Kishore Kumar
Dil aaj shaayar hai Gambler Kishore Kumar
Jiivan kii bagiyaa mahakegii Tere Mere Sapne Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Maine kasam lii Tere Mere Sapne Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Meghaa chhaae aadhii raat, bairan ban gai ni.ndiyaa Sharmili Lata Mangeshkar
Mera man tera pyaasa..... Gambler Mohammed Rafi
O merii o merii o meri sharmiilii aao naa tarasao naa... Sharmili Kishore Kumar
Phoolon ke rang se, dil kee kalam se... Prem Pujari Kishore Kumar
Rangeela re, Rangeela re, mere man me yoon ranga hai tera mann... Prem Pujari Lata Mangeshkar
Sho(w)khiyon mein ghola jaye phoolon ka shabaab,

Usme phir milayee jaaye, thodee see sharaab, Hoga yoon nashaa joh taiyyar, who pyaar hai...

Prem Pujari Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Raadhaa ne maalaa japi shyaam kii Tere Mere Sapne Lata Mangeshkar
Karawan Guzar gaya, ghubar daykhtay rahay Nai Umr Ki Nai Fasal Mohammed Rafi
Subaha na aayee, shaam na aayee... Cha Cha Cha Mohammed Rafi
Woh hum na the, who tum na the... Cha Cha Cha Mohammed Rafi
Swapn Jhare Phool Se... Nayi Umar Ki Nayi fasal Mohammed Rafi
Aaj madhosh hua jae re

mera man, mera man, mera man sharaarat karne ko lalchaye re mera man, mera man, mera man.......

Sharmili Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Khilte hain gul yahaan, khile ke bikharne ko

milte hain dil yahaan, milke bichharhne ko.....

Sharmili Kishore Kumar
Ek Musafir Hoon Main, Ek Musafir Hai Tu..... Gunaah (1993) Manhar Udhas, Sadhna Sargam


  1. ^ "Yesterday Once More". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards 2007". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ Srivastava, Piyush (2012-09-04). "Hindi poets from SP citadels kick up a row". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

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